- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 9, 2014

Comedian Jan Hooks, one of the longest-running cast members on “Saturday Night Live” during the 1980s, has died at 57, TMZ reports. The actress died Thursday morning in New York City, reportedly after battling an illness.

Miss Hooks was known for her impersonations and her frequent collaborations with Phil Hartman. With Nora Dunn, she was part of “The Sweeney Sisters” sketch and frequently lampooned such figures as Sinead O’Connor and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The actress also appeared in “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “Designing Women” and lent her voice to such animated shows as “The Simpsons,” where she portrayed Manjula, the wife of convenience store owner Apu.

The nature of Miss Hooks’ reported illness was not immediately known.

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