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Jan Hooks Biography

Birth Place:
Decatur, Georgia, United States

Fast Facts

  • Acted in regional theater before joining the New Wits End Players, a three-person comedy team in Atlanta
  • Honed her craft with the Groundlings comedy troupe in L
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  • Auditioned for Saturday Night Live in 1985, but—at age 28—was initially deemed too old
  • A year later, after a lackluster season for the series led to major cast changes, she was asked to join the cast
  • During her five years with SNL she became known for her portrayals of lounge singer Candy Sweeney, Tammy Faye Baker, Nancy Reagan and Ivana Trump
  • Suffered extreme stage fight during her SNL days
  • Fellow castmate and friend Phil Hartman helped her through it