Monday, June 12, 2006

Gilda Radner

”I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned the hard way that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear begining, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the most of it without knowing what’s going to happen next.”

- Gilda Radner

”I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.”
- Gilda Radner

She was the first person hired for the original cast of Saturday Night Live. She won an Emmy in 1977 for her work on SNL and was awarded a posthumous Grammy in 1990 for the spoken word album of her autobiography “It’s Always Something.” She managed to convey a humor instilled with warmth and a certain innocence that not only made people laugh but also made them feel a connection to her. She was married to one of my all-time favorite actors, the brilliant Gene Wilder after they met on the set of Hanky Panky. If you've never seen them on screen together, rent Haunted Honeymoon, it's funny and they made a great on-screen duo. She died of ovarian cancer at the age of 42 (in 1989). After her death, Gene Wilder established the Gilda Radner Ovarian Detection Center at Cedars-Sinai to screen women at high risk of developing ovarian cancer. He also testified before a Congressional committee that her condition was misdiagnosed and that if doctors had looked further into her family background they may have been able to treat the disease earlier. Gilda’s Club was founded in her memory to provide a place where cancer patients and their familes can go to share support.

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