Radner, Gilda

Radner, Gilda

(1946–89) comedienne; born in Detroit, Mich. (married to Gene Wilder). After working with the Second City comedy troupe, she appeared on the National Lampoon Radio Hour in 1974. On National Broadcasting Company's Saturday Night Live (1975–80), she created zany characters whom she brought to Broadway in Gilda Radner Live from New York (1979). She wrote It's Always Something (1989) about the ovarian cancer that ended her life prematurely.
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Named for the comedienne Gilda Radner, Gilda's Club opened its signature red door in 1995 as a place where people touched by any type of cancer, along with their family and friends, can learn how to deal with the illness.