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Jan Hooks in 1988
|Born||Janice Hooks
April 23, 1957
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
Jan Hooks (born April 23, 1957) is an American actress and comedian best known for her work on NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL), where she was a repertory player from 1986 to 1991 and continued making cameo appearances until 1994. Her subsequent work has included a regular role on the final two seasons of Designing Women, and a number of roles in film and television.
Life and career
Hooks was born in Decatur, Georgia, east of Atlanta. She began her career as a member of the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe The Groundlings and in an Atlanta nightclub act called The Wits End Players. In 1978–1979, Hooks appeared in Tush on Ted Turner's television station WTCG, which eventually became TBS. She gained notice in the early 1980s on the HBO comedy series Not Necessarily the News. Hooks also had guest comedienne appearances on Comedy Break with Mack and Jamie in the mid-'80s.
Hooks was considered for SNL in 1985 but was passed over by the show's producers in favor of Joan Cusack. After SNL's 1985-1986 season was deemed a ratings disaster and put on the chopping block for cancellation, returning producer Lorne Michaels offered Hooks a contract in 1986. Together with new recruits Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, and others, Hooks helped put the show back in the national spotlight. Her characters included Candy Sweeney of "The Sweeney Sisters." She also performed notable impressions of Bette Davis, Ann-Margret, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Sinéad O'Connor, Jodie Foster, Tammy Faye Bakker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kitty Dukakis, Diane Sawyer, and Hillary Clinton.
Tiring of the stress of performing on a live show, Hooks left SNL in 1991 after being asked by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason to replace Jean Smart on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Hooks played the role of Carlene Dobber for the final two seasons of the show. Since then, she has made appearances in several movies, starred as Dixie Glick in the series Primetime Glick and the movie Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, and had a recurring role as the trashy Vicki Dubcek on 3rd Rock from the Sun, which earned Hooks an Emmy Award nomination. Hooks guest-starred on two Matt Groening-produced cartoons for the FOX Network: The Simpsons, as Apu's new wife, Manjula (though Hooks was later replaced by Tress MacNeille); and Futurama, in the episode "Bendless Love," as the voice of a female robot named Angleyne. She also had a memorable role in Pee-wee's Big Adventure as a know-it-all tour guide at the Alamo.
Hooks made a cameo appearance in the 1992 movie Batman Returns as Jen, the Penguin's image consultant during his campaign to become Mayor of Gotham City. In 2010 she was a guest star on 30 Rock, playing Jenna's mom, Verna.
|1985||Pee-wee's Big Adventure||Tina|
|A Dangerous Woman||Makeup Girl|
|1998||Simon Birch||Miss Leavey|
|2004||Jiminy Glick in Lalawood||Dixie Glick|
|1983||Prime Times||Various characters||TV special|
|The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour||Various characters|
|1983–1984||Not Necessarily the News||Various characters||Appeared 24 episodes|
|1984||The Joe Piscopo Special||Various characters||TV special|
|1985||Comedy Break||Various characters|
|1986–1994||Saturday Night Live||Various characters||Appeared in 102 episodes;
main cast member until 1991
|1989||Dear John||Suzanne||Episode 2.4: "John's Blind Date"|
|1991–1993||Designing Women||Carlene Frazier Dobber||Appeared in 45 episodes|
|1992||Frosty Returns||Lil||TV special|
|1994||The Martin Short Show||Meg Harper Short|
|1996||The Dana Carvey Show||Kathie Lee Gifford||Episode 1.4: "The Diet Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey"|
|1996–2000||3rd Rock from the Sun||Vicki Dubcek||Appeared in 16 episodes|
|1997||Hiller and Diller||Kate||Appeared in two episodes|
|1997–2002||The Simpsons||Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon||Appeared in six episodes|
|2001||Providence||Doreen Dunfey||Episode 3.10: "The Gun"|
|Futurama||Anglelyne||Episode 3.6: "Bendless Love"|
|2001–2003||Primetime Glick||Dixie Glick|
|2010||30 Rock||Verna Maroney||Episode 4.12: "Verna" and Episode 4.20: "The Moms"|