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Gilda Radner Biography

Birth Name:
Gilda Susan Radner
Birth Place:
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Actor, comedian, writer

Fast Facts

  • Made her stage debut in a 1972 Toronto production of Godspell
  • Joined a Second City Toronto troupe in 1973 that included Dan Aykroyd, Brian Doyle-Murray and Eugene Levy
  • Made her first film appearance in 1973's The Last Detail, which featured future Saturday Night Live cast member Randy Quaid Notable SNL characters Emily Litella, Roseanne Roseannadanna and Baba Wawa were included in her 1979 Broadway debut Gilda Radner: Live From New York, which was released on film and as an album titled Gilda Live! Met future husband Gene Wilder while filming the 1982 movie Hanky Panky and made her final film appearance opposite him in 1986's Haunted Honeymoon
  • Wrote about her battle with ovarian cancer in the best-selling, posthumously published memoir It's Always Something
  • The Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center conducts research for women at risk for breast and ovarian cancers


  • 1979Emmy-Outstanding Comedy - Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music: winner
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music: nominated