Remembering Jan Hooks: 5 Great On-Screen Moments (Video)

TheWrap looks back on the actress and comedienne’s body of work

Last Updated: October 10, 2014 @ 6:49 AM

Former “Saturday Night Live” castmember Jan Hooks died of an undisclosed serious illness on Thursday in New York City. Though the news hit them hard, her fans were quick to point out the ways in which she left unforgettable memories and lasting laughs behind.

Hooks is most famous for her time on “Saturday Night Live” where she played an array of characters and mastered several celebrity imitations. A castmember from 1986 to 1991, she helped reinvigorate the show, along with other newcomers Phil Hartman and Dana Carvey, with her impressions of Kathie Lee Gifford, Diane Sawyer and Hillary Clinton and doing characters including Candy Sweeney of “The Sweeney Sisters” sketches.

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She’s also well-remembered for appearances on “30 Rock,” “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” and “Designing Women.”

Here are five of Hooks’ most memorable on-screen moments:

1. Jan Hooks as Sinead O’Connor on “SNL”

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2. Jan Hooks as Kathie Lee Gifford on “SNL”

3. Jan Hooks as Candy Sweeney on “SNL”

4. Jan Hooks on “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”

5. Jan Hooks on “Designing Women”

What was your favorite Jan Hooks role?