Gilda Radner

Gilda Radner

Highest Rated: 91% All You Need Is Cash (1978)

Lowest Rated: 18% Haunted Honeymoon (1986)

Birthday: Jun 28, 1946

Birthplace: Not Available

At the height of her Saturday Night Live fame, Gilda Radner was characterized by one publication as "America's Sweetheart." Few performers, comic or otherwise, have so richly deserved this appellation. Born in Detroit to a well-to-do Jewish family, Radner forsook the usual social whirl attending girls of her background and opted for a career in comedy. After attending the University of Michigan, Radner joined the Toronto Second City improvisational troupe, where she worked for the first time with John Belushi, later one of her best friends and most frequent collaborators. Radner and Belushi moved to New York when they were selected to perform on The National Lampoon Radio Hour and in the popular stage production The National Lampoon Show. Along with several other "Lampooners," Radner was chosen by producer Lorne Michaels as a member of the Not Ready for Prime Time Players on the NBC comedy weekly Saturday Night Live, which debuted in 1975. Radner soon distinguished herself as one of the most versatile of the bunch, portraying such characters as hard-of-hearing media critic Emily Litella ("Never mind"), nerdish Lisa Lupner ("That was so funny I almost fergot to LAFFFFF!"), frizzy-haired TV journalist Roseanne Roseanna-Dana ("Just goes to show ya -- it's always somethin'!), and of course, the inimitable Baba WaWa. Her efforts won her a 1978 Emmy, as well as the love and respect of her fans and fellow workers. After leaving SNL, Radner developed her own one-woman Broadway show, 1979's Radner Live; the following year, she made her Broadway acting bow in Lunch Hour. Among her many films was 1982's Hanky Panky, in which she co-starred with her future husband, Gene Wilder. Even when suffering from ovarian cancer in her final years, Gilda Radner never lost her sense of humor or her upbeat approach to life; her philosophy was eloquently put forth in her autobiography, It's Always Something, which was published shortly after her death in 1989.

Highest Rated Movies



88% Love, Gilda Actor 2018
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest Actor 2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Best of the Coneheads Actor 1994
18% Haunted Honeymoon Vickie Pearle 1986
No Score Yet Movers & Shakers Livia Machado 1985
35% The Woman in Red Ms. Milner 1984
No Score Yet Bob and Ray & Jane, Laraine and Gilda Actor 1983
No Score Yet It Came from Hollywood Actor 1982
33% Hanky Panky Kate Hellman 1982
20% First Family Gloria Link 1980
No Score Yet Animalympics Barbra Warblers 1980
No Score Yet Gilda Live Screenwriter Gilda Radner 1980
No Score Yet Mr. Mike's Mondo Video Actor 1979
No Score Yet Witch's Night Out Actor 1978
91% All You Need Is Cash Mrs. Emily Pules 1978
No Score Yet Witch's Night Out Actor 1978
No Score Yet Gift of Winter Actor 1974
89% The Last Detail Religious zealot 1973


No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Performer 1998
100% The Muppet Show
Guest 1978


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