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Radner, Gilda

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Born: 1946 AD
Died: 1989 AD, at 42 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actresses, Comedians

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1946 - She was born on June 28th in Detroit, the younger of two children. Radner was one of the great comic geniuses of the 20th century, ranked up with Lucille Ball and other comedy legends of the highest caliber.

1958 - She was very close to her father, and not as close to her mother, and tragically, her father died when she was 12, leaving her heartbroken.

1962 - She overcame these disorders by 16 and was normal weight, yet if you watch some of her episodes of "Saturday Night Live" you can see that her weight sometimes goes down very low and she looks anorexic again.

1966 - Graduated from "The Liggett School" (now University Liggett School) in Grosse Pointe Michigan.

1975 - Gilda was the first person ever cast for "Saturday Night Live", the show that would make her famous. She stayed on SNL for 5 years.

1978-1979 - She appeared in "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video and " The Rutles".

1980 - She had a brief marriage to the SNL band guitarist G.E. Smith on March 26th.

         - She was one of the cast of "First Family", "Gilda Live" and the voice in "Animalympics".

1982 - She starred in "Hanky Panky" amd "It Came From Hollywood".

1984 - Gilda left the show and married actor Gene Wilder, whom she met on a movie set and fell in love with nearly on the spot on September 18th.

         - She starred in "The Woman in Red".

1985-1986 - She appeared in the films "Movers and Shakers" and "Haunted Honeymoon".

1989 - Gilda wrote her autobiography, called "It's Always Something", about her battles with cancer.

         - Gilda died in her sleep on May 20th. Her remains were buried in Long Ridge Cemetery, Stamford.

1994 - Gene Wilder and Gilda's medical therapist Joanna Ball founded 'Gilda's Club'. It was Gilda Radner's wish that a place could be established where people of all ages diagnosed with cancer could come together and support one another through the illness.

2003 - She earned her Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 27th at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.


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