Family & Companions
This gifted comedy star with a flair for outlandish characterizations was born into a wealthy Detroit family. Radner took off early and found success as a comic in Canada, then on TV's "Saturday Night Live" as its premiere female star. With such characters as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Baba Wawa, she became America's Sweetheart in the late 1970s. Radner met actor Gene Wilder while filming the movie "Hanky Panky," and they married in France on September 18, 1984. Her career was cut short by a long, painful and bravely waged battle with ovarian cancer, which she chronicled in her posthumously-published autobiography, "It's Always Something." Her last appearance was on the HBO TV comedy "It's Garry Shandling's Show" in 1988, playing herself. She was survived by her husband, who started the cancer support group Gilda's Friends (subsequently renamed Gilda's Club).
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Stage debut, "Godspell" in Toronto, Canada
First film appearance in bit part in "The Last Detail"
Joined Toronto's Second City comedy group
Went to New York; wrote for and performed on on radio in "The National Lampoon Radio Hour"
Off-Broadway debut, "National Lampoon Show"
Television acting debut as regular on "Saturday Night Live"
Film acting debut in "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video"
Broadway acting debut in "Gilda Radner--Live From New York" (also co-writer)
Wrote and starred in the concert film, "Gilda Live"
Last feature film, "Haunted Honeymoon"
On June 27th, Radner received a STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame