It's Always Something
Fresh from the Second City troupe in Toronto, Gilda Radner created such memorable characters as Emily Litella and Roseanne Roseannadanna as a member of the original cast of Saturday Night Live. The wife of Gene Wilder, Gilda was plagued by persistent health problems and two miscarriages, and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986.
Brave, funny, and painfully honest, th...more
But over time I've come to appreciate it for the less-is-more version of truth: there aren't always tidy endings. Sick people aren't always noble and uncomplaining. Desperation sometimes makes us do things that keep us busy and make us believe we're going to get well. Sometimes Zen moments are what sustain us:
I laughed so much with this book and then cried like a baby at the end. I loved Radner's comedic writing in this because it felt like she was talking to me about all the crazy little things that would cross her mind as she tried to work through her experience with Cancer. She tried so many things to learn and understand her disease and made fun of herself as she...more
For those of you too young to remember her, Gilda Radner was a comedian on Saturday Night Live. She played, among other things, Rosanne Rosanna Danna, the grossout queen of the SNL News scene. Oh she was funny!
When she first found out she was diagnosed with cancer, Gilda set out to write a book about how she beat the disease. The book starts out on such a positive note as this lovely, strong, courageous, and hilarious woman faces the rolle...more
This book focused mostly on her struggles with her health and the diagnosis of cancer. I had been hoping for a book with more of a slant on her comic life, but found this one very moving, intimate, and honest. I am a nurse and also have a chronic illness that forced many changes upo...more
She wrote this book from her heart, there were no pretenses. She takes you on her journey with cancer. The good and the bad.
So much good came from her death -- Gilda's Club, The Wellness Community. She was an extraordinary woman. A life that left this Earth too soon.
I had to come back to my review because I found myself thinking multiple...more
I did love her honesty, the humor and many times her words used made it feel like you were right at her bedside. I was not impressed with the writing as much... skipping around too much on one page she was on treatmen...more
By her own account, she seemed to handle th...more
I have always loved Gilda Radner. Her humor and ability to make people laugh, she was just one of the coolest people. When she wrote this book, she was facing a battle with ovarian cancer. Sadly, she did not survive this battle. But her story, what she went through and how she faced it with a determination in spite of her own insecurities and struggles, is one of the most amazing and empowering stories I’ve read. I’ve n...more
Gilda as expected was not as brilliant as compared to most established and prolific novelists. But he...more
The first actor I know of to tell the world that "I licked the Big C, and you can too" was John Wayne.
It's a brave thing to do, befitting the duke, and it's almost like spitting in the eye of death. And in his case, it came back later and got him.
More or less the same thing happened to Radner, but there are some philosophical musings here that are good for everyone. Nobody wa...more
Gilda Radner, of Saturday Night Live fame, tells of her early life and the decision to become a comedian - the how and why - her insecurities and her strengths. She fell in love with Gene Wilder and was desperately clingy. But then, a friend gave her a Yorkie, who became very important to her and saw her though the rough time when she and Gene were apa...more
I had wanted to wrap this book up in a neat little package. I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned the hard way that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end."
The world fondly remembers the many faces of Gilda Radner: the adamant but misinformed Emily Litella; the hyperkinetic Girl Scout Judy Miller; the irrepressibly nerdy Lisa Loopner; the gross-out queen o...more
She was brutally honest about not only her illness and treatments, but about her insecurities and imperfections, and most of me wishes I never opened this book. She went through too much pain and suffering, and, obviously, there's no But-She-Survived-Despite-it-All happy...more