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Actress Jan Hooks died today at the age of 57, and while the versatile comedienne appeared in everything from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and Designing Women to The Simpsons and 30 Rock, she is best known for her prolific stretch on Saturday Night Live.
Working alongside such comedic colleagues as Dana Carvey, Mike Myers, and Phil Hartman, Hooks displayed a wide range of skills and a true gift for impersonations. Here’s a collection of some of her most memorable SNL moments.
“Church Chat: Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker”
Hooks was known for her impressions, and in this classic clip with Carvey’s Church Lady, she plays Tammy Faye Bakker — appearing opposite SNL mainstay Hartman as her disgraced husband, Jim. Unsurprisingly, things don’t go so well.
“Barbara and Nancy”
Hooks regularly stood out when she donned the red suit of Nancy Reagan. Here she’s paired with Hartman again (who plays a simply glowing Barbara Bush) — and plays a Nancy that’s having more than a little trouble letting the White House go.
“Tammy Wynette Sings the Classics”
Take Jan Hooks’ impression of country music legend Tammy Wynette, add the works of Beethoven, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky, and you get this classic fake commercial. Listen closely to the voice-over as well: That’s Hartman yet again.
Dennis Hopper was the guest host when Jan Hooks pulled on some overalls to play a mechanic out in the middle of nowhere. As it turns out, mechanics might not be as out of touch as some would assume.
“A Tribute to Hal Jerome”
Alongside Hartman, Jon Lovitz and Andie MacDowell, Hooks showed off her signing chops in a moving tribute to the legendary songwriter Hal Jerome.
You have heard of Hal Jerome, haven’t you? If not, his songs will tell you everything you need to know.
“A Trump Christmas”
As if Tammy Faye Baker and Nancy Reagan weren’t enough, Hooks takes a turn here as another icon of 1980s pop culture: Ivana Trump. Sometimes money can buy happiness.
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