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Gilda Radner Biography

Gilda Radner

Facts of Gilda Radner

Date of Birth: 1946 , June-28
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 feet 5 inch

Quick Timeline of Gilda Radner

1946 Born in Detroid, Michigan, USA
1975 Joined NBC's Saturday Night Live
1978 Won an Emmy Award
1984 Married Gene Wilder
1985 Release of Movie Movers & Shakers
1989 Died of Ovarian Cancer

Detail Timeline of Gilda Radner

June 28 , 1946

Born in Detroid, Michigan, USA

Gilda Radner was born in Detroit, Michigan to a legal secretary Henneta and businessman Herman Radner in 28th June 1946 in Detroit, Michigan. Her nationality is American and is of mixed descent. Her father was of Russian Jewish/Lithuanian Jewish descent and her mother was of Polish Jewish descent.



Joined NBC's Saturday Night Live

Driven and comically innovative Radner joined the cast of NBC's Saturday Night Live in 1975. She was the first performer cast -the freshman in the group of the show. She was respected for her creative ideas and her contributions were well received.


Won an Emmy Award

Radner was comical and creative and her work at SNL provided her the platform to catapult herself into popularity. She had a successful run in the show and appeared in 107 episodes as a performer cast.

She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for her work in 1978.

September 18 , 1984

Married Gene Wilder

Gilda met Gene on the movie set of Hanky Panky and quickly developed an attraction for him instantly. They made another movie The Woman in Red with him and they married in Sep 18 1984 in Saint Tropez, France.

Gene Wilder is Gilda's second husband.

May 3 , 1985

Release of Movie Movers & Shakers

Gilda Radner had a stellar career in television and also effortlessly manages working in the film industry. Prior to 1985, she had starred in The Woman in Red with Gene Wilder.

Radner stars as Livia in this comedy flick directed by William Asher distributed by MGM.


May 20 , 1989

Died of Ovarian Cancer

In December of 1985, she had learned that the cancer had relapsed and went into coma after given an anesthetic during chemotherapy. After 3 days of coma, she died in Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles. Her husband Wilder was with her at the time of her death.


Even though possessing an average height of 5 feet 5 inches, she was charismatic in the way she acted. She was the first comedian on NBC; s Saturday Night Live to have started spoofing news anchors. She had a successful career from 1973 to 1989.She was married to Gene Wilder , her second husband up until her death due to ovarian cancer. 

She has quite a few television shows and movies to add to her flexography such as All You Need Is Cash (1978), Animalympics (1980); It Came From Hollywood (1982), Haunted Honeymoon (1986) to name a few.

Her nationality is American and she had a net worth of $2 million.