Jan Hooks of ‘SNL’ Died Thursday of Undisclosed Illness

Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks of Saturday Night Live (SNL) fame was 57 when she died of an undisclosed illness on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Hooks was a member of the cast of SNL during a five-year period from 1986 to 1991, when some of the greatest comedians it ever had on it were also cast members. She worked with comedians like Michael Myers, Philip Hartman, Dennis Miller, Dana Carvey and Chris Farley. The news of her tragic passing was first broken by TMZ.

There has been no word yet released about what illness Jan Hooks had, though sources reportedly said that it was a serious one. She died on Thursday morning in New York City.

In 1985, Jan Hooks played the part of Tina in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. While a member of the cast of SNL, Jan became famous for playing a wide variety of roles. Some of her most well-known ones include playing First Lady Hillary Clinton, Bette Davis, Jodie Foster, singer Sinead O’Connor, Ann-Margret and one of the Sweeney Sisters along with Nora Dunn.

Prior to being on SNL, Hooks dated fellow cast member, Kevin Nealon. Nealon related that he and Jan had some “amazing times” together over the years. Also, Hooks has stated that cast member Phil Hartman was a great help in getting over her debilitating stage fright.

Though Hooks is perhaps best remembered for her time with SNL, she also acted in other TV series such as Designing Women (CBS), as Carlene Frazier Dobber. She was the replacement for actress Jean Smart. She played the role of Verna Maroney role in two episodes of 30 Rock, which also starred Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan.

In the 1992 movie, Batman Returns, Jan Hooks played Jen. Another movie Hooks was in was the 1993 flick, The Coneheads. She played a driving student, Gladys Johnson.

Jan Hooks was Meg Harper Short in the 1994 TV series, The Martin Short Show. In 1998, Jan Hooks was nominated for an Emmy for playing Vicki Dubcek in the TV series, 3rd Rock From the Sun, according to Jan Hook’s IMDb page.

Besides acting in these roles, Hooks also provided her vocal talents on the long-running animated TV series, The Simpsons, in a total of six episodes from 1997 to 2002. She was the voice of Apu’s wife, Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon. Also, in a 2001 episode of the animated series, Futurama, “Bendless Love,” she was the voice of Anglelyne.

Comedian Jan Hooks, who was 57, died this Thursday morning in New York City of a serious but as yet undisclosed illness. This SNL alum was on the NBC series while many other famous comedians were also there, in their formative years, like Mike Meyers, Chris Farley and Dana Carvey. Jan Hooks shot to fame on Saturday Night Live, but she also acted in several other television series that were immensely popular at the time, like Designing Women, which was one of the biggest hits on TV. She also became well-known for her vocal work on The Simpsons. Jan Hooks provided her fans with a lot of laughs and entertainment over the decades and she will be greatly missed.

Written By Douglas Cobb

Sources:
TMZ
CNN.com
New York Daily News
IMDb (Jan Hooks)

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