April 29, 2002 |
Gilda Radner won America's heart first as a ragamuffin comedian, then as a warrior against cancer. Her life story should make for a wonderfully inspirational TV movie, yet the version of it told tonight in "Gilda Radner: It's Always Something" (9 p.m., ABC) is surprisingly uninvolving.
January 9, 2000
I was going through life As free as a lark, In the world of acting I was making my mark. In Second City, And then on T.V., Not thinking once About the big "C". I saved up my money, An apartment I bought. My wealth was my own, Or so I thought. I can't even tell you How often you cry. When the dreaded "C" Starts draining you dry. Friends try to console, And tell you they care. But deep down you feel That this is unfair.
April 5, 1997
The second annual Comedy-Sportz Celebrity All-Stars for Gilda's Club will take place Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. The improvisational comedy competition benefits Gilda's Club, a cancer support center named for the late comedian Gilda Radner. Sandra Bernhard is among the celebrity performers scheduled to attend. Tickets: $25-$100. For tickets, call (213) 466-1767.
September 13, 1994 |
The Scene: L.A.'s glitterary elite turned out en masse at the Westwood Playhouse on Thursday for the staged reading-cum-publication party for "Bunny Bunny," writer Alan Zweibel's memories of his 14-year friendship with the late comedian and original "Saturday Night Live" star Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer five years ago. "It was a necessary kind of therapy for me," Zweibel, one of the original SNL writers and a four-time Emmy winner, told the audience.
September 4, 1994 |
BUNNY, BUNNY: Gilda Radner, A Sort of Love Story by Alan Zweibel (Villard: $14.95; 208 pp.) Writer Alan Zweibel and comic actress Gilda Radner were best friends for more than a decade before Radner died of cancer in 1989. Three years later, Zweibel, still trying to come to terms with his grief, wrote "Bunny, Bunny," a witty, moving tribute to his old friend.
May 30, 1994 |
Early in 1987, as Gilda Radner battled cancer, she and the Wellness Community found each other. She was to become a regular at the semiannual joke-fests that are part of the community's therapy for cancer patients. In her autobiography, "It's Always Something," Radner compared these support group gatherings in Santa Monica to "Saturday Night Live" in its early days--"when we had our innocence and we believed in making comedy and making each other laugh."