Jan Hooks Dead At 57

Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks, right, in a dress rehearsal of the famous Brenda The Waitress sketch with Alec Baldwin, center, and RECOiL writer/director Brian DiMaio, right. DiMaio’s part was cut from the scene in the final sketch, allegedly at Hooks request. DiMaio would return the favor by casting Hooks in his film RECOiL and then cutting her scenes from the final cut.

New York—Comedienne and actress Jan Hooks, best known for her work on “Saturday Night Live,” died Thursday. She was 57.

The cause of death hasn’t been released, though her representatives said she had been battling a serious illness for some time.

Besides her brilliant work on “Saturday Night Live” when the show was actually pretty damn good (she was brilliant as Sinead O’Connor taking on Phil Hartman’s amazing Frank Sinatra in one of the best skits ever), Brooks also appeared on “Designing Women,” “Third Rock From the Sun” and as Jenna Maroney’s mother on “30 Rock.”

On the big screen, Hooks appeared in films like “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure,” “Batman Returns,” “RECOiL” and “Jiminy Glick in Lalawood.”

No further details about her death were released.

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