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Also Known As: Died: October 9, 2014
Born: April 23, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA Profession: comedian, actor

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Southern-born, live-wire comedienne who, after regional stage and television experience and a stint as Tina, the tour guide at the Alamo in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" (1985), gained attention as an ideal cast regular on the iconoclastic NBC perennial, "Saturday Night Live". Best known for her outlandish yet on-target impersonations of figures from Tammy Faye Bakker and Diane Sawyer to Bette Davis and Ann-Margret, Hooks enjoyed personal triumphs when she essayed conflicting pairs of media notables (e.g. Ivana Trump and Marla Maples, Nancy Reagan and Kitty Dukakis). From 1991-93, Hooks left the rigors of live TV to join the cast of the Southern-fried sitcom, "Designing Women", playing the naive, countrified Carlene, sister of the similarly befuddled Charlene (Jean Smart, who left the series).

Southern-born, live-wire comedienne who, after regional stage and television experience and a stint as Tina, the tour guide at the Alamo in "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" (1985), gained attention as an ideal cast regular on the iconoclastic NBC perennial, "Saturday Night Live". Best known for her outlandish yet on-target impersonations of figures from Tammy Faye Bakker and Diane Sawyer to Bette Davis and Ann-Margret, Hooks enjoyed personal triumphs when she essayed conflicting pairs of media notables (e.g. Ivana Trump and Marla Maples, Nancy Reagan and Kitty Dukakis). From 1991-93, Hooks left the rigors of live TV to join the cast of the Southern-fried sitcom, "Designing Women", playing the naive, countrified Carlene, sister of the similarly befuddled Charlene (Jean Smart, who left the series).

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Simon Birch (1998) Miss Leavey
2.
 Coneheads (1993) Gladys Johnson
3.
 Dangerous Woman, A (1993) Make-Up Girl
4.
 Batman Returns (1992) Jen
5.
 Wildcats (1986) Stephanie
6.
 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985) Tina
9.
 Frosty Returns (1995) Voice Of Mom
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Milestones close milestones

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Grew up in Decatur, Georgia
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Was a member of the comedy group The New Wits End Players; performed at the Off Peachtree Theatre
1980:
Starred in WTBS (Atlanta, Georgia) series, "Tush"
1983:
Relocated to Los Angeles
1983:
Worked as a regular on "The Half Hour Comedy Hour"
1985:
Made feature film debut in "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure"
1986:
Was a cast regular on NBC's popular late-night variety program, "Saturday Night Live"
1991:
Joined the cast of popular CBS sitcom, "Designing Women", as Carlene Dobber
1994:
Cast as Meg on "The Martin Short Show" (NBC)
1995:
Returned to New York stage in A.R. Gurney's "Sylvia" (replacing Sarah Jessica Parker)
1996:
Had recurring role as Vicki Dubcek on "3rd Rock From the Sun" (NBC)
1997:
Begins recurring voice-over role as Apu's wife Manjula on "The Simpsons."
1998:
Appeared in the film "Simon Birch" as Miss Leavey
2001:
Cast as Martin Short's wife on Comedy Central's "Primetime Glick"
2005:
Reprised role of Dixie Glick in "Jiminy Glick in La La Wood"
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