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Gilda Radner began her broadcast career as the "weather girl" for the University of Michigan radio station. She left college in her senior year and moved to Toronto, Canada, where she made her professional acting debut in a 1972 production of Godspell. She was cast in the first season of the NBC-TV sketch comedy show "Saturday Night Live," which debuted in 1975. On the show, she created such characters as Roseanne Roseannadanna, an obnoxious woman with wild hair whose trademark complaint, "It's always something" gave her autobiography its title; Baba Wawa, a spoof of Barbara Walters; and Miss Emily Litella, an elderly, hearing-impaired woman who gave angry and hilariously misinformed editorial replies on "Weekend Update" segments. She married Gene Wilder in 1984, and died of ovarian cancer in 1989.
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