Gilda Radner

Actor, Comedian, Comedy writer
This gawky, gifted comedy star with kinky curled hair and 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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/27/1946 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

Haunted Honeymoon 1986 (Movie)

Vickie Pearle (Actor)

Movers & Shakers 1985 (Movie)

Livia Machado (Actor)

The Woman in Red 1984 (Movie)

Ms Milner (Actor)

Steve Martin's The Winds of Whoopie 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Hanky Panky 1982 (Movie)

Kate Hellman (Actor)

It Came From Hollywood 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Animalympics 1980 (Movie)

(Voice)

First Family 1980 (Movie)

Gloria Link (Actor)

Gilda Live 1980 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1977 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. Mike's Mondo Video 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

First Love 1978 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Last Detail 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Things We Did Last Summer (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Gilda Radner: It's Always Something 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Book as Source Material

Gilda Live 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

This gawky, gifted comedy star with kinky curled hair and 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's post-SNL career was disappointing, beginning with the 1980 feature "First Family" and her one-woman Broadway show, "Gilda Live" (1979). None of her films were particularly successful, though she shone in all of them as a delightful character actress: "Hanky Panky" (1982), "The Woman in Red" (1984) and "Haunted Honeymoon" (her last, 1986).

Radner met actor Gene Wilder while filming "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").

Relationships

Herman Radner

Father
died when Gilda was aged 14

Henrietta Radner

Mother
born 1905

Michael Radner

Brother
older born c. 1941

G E Smith Actor

Husband
Married March 26, 1980 Divorced 1982

Gene Wilder Actor

Husband
Married Sept. 18, 1984 until her death from cancer May 20, 1989

EDUCATION

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan
dropped out

Milestones

2003

On June 27th, Radner received a STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1986

Last feature film, "Haunted Honeymoon"

1980

Wrote and starred in the concert film, "Gilda Live"

1979

Broadway acting debut in "Gilda Radner--Live From New York" (also co-writer)

1979

Film acting debut in "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video"

1975

Off-Broadway debut, "National Lampoon Show"

1975

Television acting debut as regular on "Saturday Night Live"

1974

Went to New York; wrote for and performed on on radio in "The National Lampoon Radio Hour"

1973

First film appearance in bit part in "The Last Detail"

1973

Joined Toronto's Second City comedy group

1972

Stage debut, "Godspell" in Toronto, Canada

Appeared on numerous CBC TV productions in Canada including original rock opera, "Jack"

Bonus Trivia

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Gene Wilder also helped establish the Gilda Radner Ovarian Detection Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles (c. 1990)

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