SNL's Jan Hooks Dead at 57

Saturday Night Live vet Jan Hooks died Thursday morning in New York City following a serious illness, TMZ is reporting.

Hooks was a memorable part of the SNL cast from 1986-91, and was known for her work with Nora Dunn in the Sweeney Sisters sketches, as well as for impressions of Kathie Lee Gifford, Tammy Faye Bakker and Sinead O’Connor.

Most recently, she guest-starred on 30 Rock as Verna, the hilariously trashy, often monstrous mother of Jane Krakowski’s Jenna Maroney.

After her exit from SNL, Hooks joined Designing Women for two seasons, playing Carlene, the younger sister of the departing Jean Smart’s Charlene. She also recurred on 3rd Rock From the Sun and voiced Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon on The Simpsons.

We’ve embedded a few of Hooks’ memorable TV moments below — feel free to share your favorites in the comments section.

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  1. Linda says:

    Oh I remember her. She was Charlene’s sister, Carlene, on Designing Women.

  2. knd says:

    OMG this is terribly sad. I loved her on snl.

  3. Dani says:

    Loved her!

  4. N says:

    Very sad! I loved her on SNL. RIP

  5. Tran says:

    Very sad about the passing of Jan Hooks. When Hooks left SNL wasn’t she on Designing Women at the time?

  6. alistaircrane says:

    Wasn’t she the voice of Apu’s wife on The Simpsons?

  7. Chad Smith says:

    Funny lady. RIP.

  8. says:

    I don’t know how many times my friend and I have looked at each other and said “Can you say adobe?” in Jan’s Texan accent from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Such a fun memory from my childhood. I hope her family finds peace.

  9. Andy J says:

    This is sad. I loved her on “3rd Rock” and “30 Rock “.

  10. Babygate says:

    Nooo!! I loved her characters.I always felt she was under utilized in Designing Women. R.I.P.

  11. Pat says:

    She was a very funny lady. I remember her on SNL and Designing Women. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. May, Jan Rest in Peace.

  12. This is the Alamo! There’s no basement at the Alamo!

  13. Joey says:

    Absolutely hilarious on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Will miss her terribly.

  14. CJ says:

    This is such a shame. I loved her on 30 Rock. My thoughts are with her family.

  15. leigh says:

    She brought us many laughs. May she rest in peace.

  16. TV Gord says:

    I hope she was as happy in life as she made her millions of fans! I also hope she didn’t suffer as the end approached. Right now, I’m picturing her as Tammy Faye, Sinead O’Connor, Kathie Lee Gifford, a Sweeney sister and so many others. I still miss Phil Hartman, and I think Jan belongs on that level (high praise from me).

  17. webly3 says:

    Oh no. Another victim of the curse.

  18. Joey Padron says:

    Sad. She was great on 30 Rock. RIP.

  19. Lcol Coleman says:

    Jan Hooks was great also in the Jiminy Glick shows and the movie ‘Jiminy Glick in LaLawood’. Sorry to know she had been ill.

  20. Michael says:

    I remember when SNL had its 25th Anniversary special. During start of the tribute to Phil Hartman, Jan Hooks was standing with Jon Lovitz and other cast members during Phil’s tenure saying how much they loved Phil. Now on SNL’s 40th anniversary, they’ll probably have to do a tribute to her.

    She will be missed.

  21. Tiffany says:

    A sad day for Designing Women fans. First Julia, then Anthony and now Carlena. I loved her on Designing Women. She was so funny.

  22. Lds says:

    Very sad. Very talented lady. RIP Ms. Hooks

  23. So sad to hear, love her on Designing Women!

  24. theman says:

    we’re going to miss you rest in peace