It took me a long time to pick out the perfect picture to go with this sad, shitty news. There were so many to choose from. Jan Hooks as Tina from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. Jan Hooks as Candy Sweeney of The Sweeney Sisters. Jan Hooks as Jenna Maroney’s hot mom from 30 Rock. I decided to go with a classic: Jan Hooks posing in an Olan Mills studio as Carlene from Designing Women.
TMZ says that Jan Hooks died in NYC this morning. Jan’s rep confirmed her death to HuffPo. Her rep didn’t say what she died from, but sources tell TMZ that she’s been sick with a “serious illness” for a long time.
Wikipedia says that Jan trained at The Groundlings in L.A. before she joined the cast of Not Necessarily The News, which Conan O’Brien was a writer on. From NNTN, she joined SNL in 1986 and she brought the laughs by playing Kathie Lee Gifford, Candy Sweeney, Dee Kelly from Attitudes, Tammy Fayye Bakker and a bunch of First Ladies. In 1991, she checked out of SNL to replace Jean Smart in Designing Women for the show’s final two seasons. Jan Hooks is the fourth Designing Women cast member who is now in heaven. Jan’s last TV acting role was in 2010 when she played Jenna’s mom on 30 Rock.
Rest in peace, Jan Hooks. You are now in heaven serenading the monkeys:
And when you’re not serenading the monkeys, you’re serenading the angels with your AquaNet-scented musical glamour: