NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Actress Jan Hooks, of “Saturday Night Live” and “Designing Women” fame, has died at the age of 57, CBS News reported Thursday evening.
Hooks died at her New York City home Thursday following a long battle with an undisclosed illness, CBS News reported.
Born in 1957 in Decatur, Georgia, Hooks was a member of the Los Angeles-based sketch comedy troupe the Groundlings and appeared on the HBO comedy series “Not Necessarily the News” before joining the “Saturday Night Live” cast in 1986.
While at SNL, Hooks starred alongside legends such as Dana Carvey, Chris Farley, Phil Hartman, Mike Myers, and David Spade and was known for her impressions of everyone from Bette Davis to Nancy Reagan.
Hooks also played Carlene Dobber in the final season of CBS’ “Designing Women,” and appeared as Vicki Dubcek – the daughter of the landlord for the notorious family of space aliens – in “Third Rock from the Sun.” Both roles won her Emmy nominations.
Hooks also had a well-known role in “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure” with Pee-Wee Herman in 1986, and in the 1992 blockbuster, “Batman Returns.”
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