Decatur native and SNL star Jan Hooks dies

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt October 9, 2014
Jan Hooks. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Jan Hooks. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Jan Hooks, born in Decatur, Ga., died today at the age of 57.

TMZ reported that Hooks had been battling a serious illness. To read the full story from TMZ, click here. NBC News reported that Hooks left Decatur in 1973 and moved to Florida. She came back to Atlanta in 1979, NBC news reported.

“Eventually, she worked with Bill Tush on ‘Tush,’ a one-hour comedy-variety show for Turner Broadcasting and gained a cult following for her collection of characters,” NBC reported.

Her career took off from there and she became a regular on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1991. To read the full NBC story, click here.  Here’s more of Hooks’ work.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Dan. I was not familiar with Ms. Hooks but her Wikipedia page says she graduated from Towers High School. I wonder if anyone from Towers was aware of her death or her connection with the school. Towers High, and the surrounding area, was still an integrated school and community when I started teaching at DHS in the late Seventies but by the 1990s, the school was mostly if not completely all black. In my new profession, I visit the neighborhoods around Towers and believe it or not (for those chi-chi Decatur snobs that think every area south of Memorial Drive is a ghetto), there are many beautiful and well kept homes and neighborhoods in this part of “Decatur”. It’s hard to believe but in the 1980s, there were many who thought that Oakhurst was a hellhole to be avoided at all cost. Strange how things change.
    RIP Ms. Hooks.

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