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Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks in 1988
Born Janice Hooks
April 23, 1957 (1957-04-23) (age 52)
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Comedienne
Years active 1978–present

Janice "Jan" Hooks (born April 23, 1957)[1] is an American actress and comedienne best known for her work on NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL), on which she appeared from 1986 to 1991.


Life and career

Hooks was born in Decatur, Georgia, near Atlanta. Hooks began her career as a member of the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe The Groundlings.[2] In 1978–1979, she appeared in The Bill Tush Show on Ted Turner's television station WTCG, which eventually became TBS. She later achieved notice on the HBO comedy series Not Necessarily the News in the early 1980s. Jan also had guest comedienne appearances on Comedy Tonight with Mack and Jamie in the mid 1980s.

Hooks was first considered for SNL in 1985, but at that time, the show's producers chose Joan Cusack instead. After SNL's 1985-1986 season was deemed a ratings disaster and was put on the chopping block for cancellation, returning producer Lorne Michaels offered Hooks a contract in 1986. Together with new recruits Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, and others, Hooks helped put the show back in the national spotlight. Her characters included one half of "The Sweeney Sisters" with Nora Dunn. She also performed notable impressions of Bette Davis, Ann-Margret, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Sinéad O'Connor, Jodie Foster, Tammy Faye Bakker, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kitty Dukakis, Diane Sawyer, and Hillary Clinton.

Tiring of the stress of performing on a live show, Hooks left SNL in 1991 after being asked by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason to replace Jean Smart on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Jan played the role of Carlene Dobber for the final two seasons of the show. Since then, she has made appearances in several movies, starred as Dixie Glick in the series Primetime Glick and the movie Jiminy Glick in Lalawood, and had a recurring role as the trashy Vicki Dubcek on 3rd Rock from the Sun.

She guest-starred on two Matt Groening-produced cartoons for the FOX Network: The Simpsons, as Apu's new wife, Manjula (though Hooks was later replaced by Tress MacNeille) and Futurama, in the episode "Bendless Love", as the voice of a female robot named Angleyne. She also played a memorable role in Pee-wee's Big Adventure as a know-it-all tour guide at the Alamo.

Hooks made a cameo appearance in the 1992 movie Batman Returns as Jen, the Penguin's image consultant during his campaign for becoming Mayor of Gotham City.



Year Film Role
1985 Pee-wee's Big Adventure Tina
1986 Wildcats Stephanie Needham
1987 Funland Shelly Willingham
1992 Batman Returns Jen
1993 Coneheads Gladys Johnson
A Dangerous Woman Makeup Girl
1998 Simon Birch Miss Leavey
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Dixie Glick


Year Series Role Notes
1980 Tush Various characters
1983 Prime Times Various characters TV special
The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour Various characters
1983-1984 Not Necessarily the News Various characters Appeared 24 episodes
1984 The Joe Piscopo Special Various characters TV special
1985 Comedy Break Various characters
1986-1994 Saturday Night Live Various characters Appeared in 102 episodes;
main cast member until 1991
1989 Dear John Suzanne Episode 2.4: "John's Blind Date"
1991-1993 Designing Women Carlene Frazier Dobber Appeared in 30 episodes
1992 Frosty Returns Lil TV special
1994 The Martin Short Show Meg Harper Short
1996 The Dana Carvey Show Kathie Lee Gifford Episode 1.4: "The Diet Mug Root Beer Dana Carvey"
1996-2000 3rd Rock from the Sun Vicki Dubcek Appeared in 16 episodes
1997 Hiller and Diller Kate Appeared in two episodes
1997-2002 The Simpsons Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon Appeared in seven episodes
2001 Providence Doreen Dunfey Episode 3.10: "The Gun"
Futurama Anglelyne Episode 3.6: "Bendless Love"
2001-2003 Primetime Glick Dixie Glick
2004 Game Over Nadine


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