Gilda Susan Radner, was an American comedian and actress. She was best remembered as an original cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live. In her routines, Radner specialized in broad and obnoxious parodies of television stereotypes such as annoying advice specialists and news anchors. She also portrayed those characters in her successful one-woman show onBroadway in 1979.
Radner died from ovarian cancer in 1989, and her life and legacy from SNL established her as an iconic figure in the history of American comedy. Her widower, Gene Wilder, carried out her personal wish that information about her illness would help other cancer victims.