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SNL Alumna Jan Hooks Dies at 57

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Jan Hooks as Verna on 30 Rock Ali Goldstein—NBC/Getty Images

The actress was famous for her impressions of Hillary Clinton, Sinead O'Connor and others

Jan Hooks, a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1994, died on Thursday in New York at the age of 57, TMZ reported and The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.

Hooks recently had a recurring role on 30 Rock as Jenna Maroney’s mother, Verna Maroney. Hooks also appeared in The Simpsons, Designing Women and Batman Returns.

Here’s one of her skits from SNL:


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Owner of Iconic New York Comedy Club Remembers Robin Williams

The legendary comedian would show up at the famed New York club to support other performers

When Caroline Hirsch, owner of New York City’s renowned stand-up club Carolines on Broadway, came to know Robin Williams, he was just building his name on TV with Mork & Mindy.

But soon enough, in the mid-1980s, Williams became one of the big stars to appear on the stage of the famous Times Square comedy club. In the decades since then, Hirsch said, he would return to support other performers.

“Who’s going to fill that, that of the comedy world?” she told TIME. “Because we really don’t have that kind of unique person. I haven’t seen it. And I don’t know who will come up the ranks to be that guy, who is always there for everybody.”

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Man of a Thousand Faces and Voices: Robin Williams’ Career in Photos

Williams' bottomless wellspring of characters left lasting impressions

A rebellious military disc jockey, an exuberant and gifted English professor, a magical genie trapped inside a lamp, a bawdy but kindly elderly nanny–these vastly different characters flowed from the mind of just one person.

Robin Williams took his own life on Monday, but the multitude of unforgettable characters he willed into being with unmatched energy and warmth live on. Over his almost four-decades-long career, Williams donned prosthetics, dressed up in drag, and scrunched his face beyond recognition in the name of quality entertainment.

Take a look back and marvel at how the same guy who made you laugh as Mork from Ork also tugged at your heartstrings in Good Will Hunting.

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