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I wrote this version for the character under the misspelled "Roseanne Rosannadanna" and didn't realize this page was here. Nevertheless, I read this page the way it was and thought it was pretty insufficient (so I replaced it with the version you see now). It basically just compared Roseannadanna with Emily Litella, which I don't think is relevant. 'Lisa Loobner' (sic) was mentioned as a character that appeared on Update which was inaccurate, and I didn't think it went in-depth enough. Following is the original version. If anybody thinks that some aspects of it deserve to be mentioned in the article, you can put it in:
Roseanne Roseannadanna was one of three characters created by Gilda Radner (the others being Emily Litella and Lisa Loobner) who appeared in the Weekend Update segments of the early seasons of Saturday Night Live. Like Litella, Roseanne was brought in to give editorial replies to current issues. Unlike Emily Litella, however, Roseanne Roseannadanna was not meek or apologetic, but rather very explosive in her reactions, and the tangents she would go off on invariably had the result of co-anchor Jane Curtin cutting her off and telling her that "Roseanne, you're making me sick!" The topic at hand would also usually remind her of a poem or song told to her by a relative in her childhood.
I changed it from saying that the name was inspired by Rose Ann Scamardella to saying that both the name and character by her. I will also make the change on the Scamardella page. This is based on my own memory of the both - early in her career, Scamardella stood out for her editorializing in her reporting - that might have changed later, I don't know, but it was obvious to the point of being funny and Radner ran with it. Alexgriz (talk) 12:59, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
The article spells it both ways. We need to figure out which is right, and fix this.
—überRegenbogen (talk) 03:50, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
Back in November, someone changed it in several places to Rosanadana, saying it was spelled that way somewhere on the SNL site. I've restored the earlier version that consistently uses Roseannadanna, because a) it's consistent with the title, and b) it's how the NY Times spelled it in their obit for Gilda. If someone thinks a different spelling is correct, that should be discussed here, and the article title should be changed at the same time the article is changed. Theoldsparkle (talk) 12:48, 30 April 2013 (UTC)