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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