Gilda Radner Net Worth

Comedians are very popular and mostly universally liked individuals. A way with words or visual comedy that Gilda Radner has makes audiences laugh and feel positive. During a decorated career, this person has appeared in stand-up acts, wrote comic pieces and did a lot of related work. Born in unknown on unknown, Gilda Radner had a wonderful upbringing with Henrietta Radner, Herman Radner Michael Radner. A Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter from American has very encouraging surroundings to pursue lifelong dreams of creating comedy. Standing at 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) tall, this comic studied and graduated University of Michigan before turning to comedy as a primary profession. But what about money? Gilda Radner surely has a lot of them since the estimated net worth of this person is $2 Million.

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Gilda attended University Liggett School in Detroit, and after matriculating enrolled into the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1964. However, she never graduated, dropping out in her senior year. She then moved to Toronto where she made her acting debut with the Second City Comedy troupe. Gilda joined National Lampoon Radio Hour, a comedy radio program widely recognized across the US, playing alongside John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer, among others. Subsequently she teamed up with the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in the first season in 1975, and in addition to making notable appearances in the show, she was included in writing a lot of the material too. Having landed a successful role in a widely recognized television show, Radner was gaining a lot of recognition. One of her colleagues stated that she was the first one to make fun of the news anchors, and now everybody does that. Many agree that her acting skills were a significant addition to the show throughout the mid- and late-‘70s, especially portraying the elderly woman Emily Litella, and so receiving an Emmy Award for her work. Her net worth was certainly well set.

In the upcoming period, Radner went on to parody celebrities such as Lucille Ball and Patti Smith, and due to her success in the industry, she was offered her own variety television show in 1979, but she turned this opportunity down. As of the same year, she was the host of Music for UNICEF concert, and made a Broadway appearance in ‘’Gilda Radner – Live From New York’’, which was recorded and released as a movie entitled ‘’Gilda Love’’ in the same year, but which received poor reviews. In the forthcoming year, all of the original members of SNL were released.

At that time, Radner was working with Sam Waterson on the play “Lunch Hour”, which received acclaim and was praised by the critics, newspapers and magazines nationwide.

In addition to being an actress and comedian, Gilda wrote an autobiography ‘’It’s Always Something’’. She had two notable movie roles in mid ‘80s in the movies ‘’ The Woman in Red’’ and ‘’ Haunted Honeymoon’’, adding somewhat to her net worth.

Radner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1992.

In her personal life, Gilda left college to follow her boyfriend who moved to Toronto. She was married twice, firstly to G. E. Smith, a musician who worked on her Broadway play with her. Her second husband was actor Gene Walder – the couple married on 18 September 1984 in Saint-Tropez. They went on to make another movie together, and remained together until Gilda’s death in 1989. Throughout her life, she dealt with several eating disorders, however, Radner died of ovarian cancer. She had been treated for it once before, but the illness eventually returned. Her husband subsequently established Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program, a hospital at Cedars-Sinai, with the purpose of the hospital being the screening of women who are at high risk of developing cancer.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Gilda Radner
  • Net Worth: $2 Million
  • Date Of Birth: June 28, 1946
  • Died: May 20, 1989, Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Place Of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
  • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter
  • Education: University of Michigan
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Gene Wilder (m. 1984–1989), G. E. Smith (m. 1980–1982)
  • Parents: Henrietta Radner, Herman Radner
  • Siblings: Michael Radner
  • Nicknames: Gilda Susan Radner
  • IMDB:
  • Awards: Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, CableACE Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance – Variety Or Music Program
  • Nominations: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy-Variety Or Music Program, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
  • Movies: Saturday Night Live, Haunted Honeymoon, The Woman in Red, Hanky Panky, Gilda Live, First Family, The Rutles, The Last Detail, Movers & Shakers, Animalympics, Witch’s Night Out, It Came from Hollywood, Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins, Music for UNICEF Concert, The Gift of Winter
  • TV Shows: Saturday Night Live, Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins, Music for UNICEF Concert


  • There is no real security except for whatever you build inside yourself.
  • Some stories don’t have a clear beginning middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity…


  • She was romantically involved with Peter Firth in the late 1970s.
  • Was considered for the role of Shirley Feeney on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley (1976) according to Penny Marshall. The role eventually went to Cindy Williams.
  • Her SNL character Roseanne Roseannadanna is the partial inspiration for the sobriquet of Glasgow, Scotland post-hardcore/indie-pop rock band Dananananaykroyd, as is the real name of her Saturday Night Live (1975) “Weekend Update” co-star, Dan Aykroyd.
  • Was a mentor to actress Catherine O’Hara.
  • She was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 27, 2003.
  • 30 Rock (2006) star and creator (and ex-Saturday Night Live (1975) writer and player) Tina Fey has named Gilda as the main reason she became a comedy writer.
  • Biography in: “The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives.” Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 718-720. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1999.
  • Attended and graduated from The Liggett School (now University Liggett School) in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan (1966).
  • Classic recurring characters include Roseanne Rosannadanna, Judy Miller, Emily Litella, Baba Wawa (a parody of Barbara Walters), Lisa Loopner, Candy Slice and Rhonda Weiss.
  • Biography in: “American National Biography.” Supplement 1, pp. 499-500. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • She was of Russian Jewish, Polish Jewish, and Lithuanian Jewish ancestry.
  • Won a Posthumous Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording (1990).
  • Is the only female player from Saturday Night Live (1975) to win an Outstanding Performance Emmy Award for her work on the show.
  • Gene Wilder and Gilda’s cancer psychotherapist, Joanna Bull, established Gilda’s Club in 1991. This was Gilda’s wish that a place could be established where people of all ages diagnosed with cancer could come together and support one another through the illness. The centers are non-medical and very homey, with an art center, exercise facility, game rooms and a children’s room called Noogieland, so named for “noogies”, one of Gilda’s comedic actions. No such place as Gilda’s Club existed when she battled her ovarian cancer. Gilda’s Club currently has centers all over the United States and Canada.
  • Her mother named her after the title character played by Rita Hayworth in the film noir Gilda (1946).
  • Following her untimely death, she was interred at Long Ridge Cemetery in Stamford, Connecticut.
  • One of the members of the Toronto comedy troupe Second City.
  • Dated Martin Short during the early 1970s, after meeting him during the run of the legendary 1972 Toronto production of “Godspell”. In addition to Radner and Short, this production also starred Victor Garber, Eugene Levy, Dave Thomas and Andrea Martin, with Paul Shaffer as musical director. Radner’s understudy, Canadian comic actress Nancy Dolman began dating Short in 1974 and married him in 1980.


Title Year Status Character
Haunted Honeymoon 1986 Vickie Pearle
Movers & Shakers 1985 Livia Machado
The Woman in Red 1984 Ms. Milner
Hanky Panky 1982 Kate Hellman
First Family 1980 Gloria Link
Saturday Night Live 1975-1980 TV Series Various
Emily Litella
Baba Wawa
Animalympics 1980 Barbra Warblers / Brenda Springer / Cora Lee Perrier / … (voice)
Witch’s Night Out 1978 TV Movie The Godmother (voice)
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash 1978 TV Movie Mrs. Emily Pules
The Gift of Winter 1974 TV Short Nicely / Malicious / Narrator (voice)
The Collaborators 1974 TV Series
Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins 1974 TV Series
Jack: A Flash Fantasy 1974 TV Movie Jill of Hearts
The Last Detail 1973 Nichiren Shoshu Member
Title Year Status Character
Stealing Time 2009 performer: “Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland”
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dan Aykroyd 2005 Video performer: “The Sound of Music” – uncredited
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Gilda Radner 2005 Video performer: “Stayin’ Alive” uncredited, “We Gather Together” uncredited, “Gimme Mick” uncredited, “Stretch Marks”, “F-U-L-L-F-I-L-L-M-E-N-T”, “My Songs Are My Children”, “You’ll Be Sorry Someday”, “Vantage Blues”, “Evil Ways” uncredited
Saturday Night Live: The Best of John Belushi 2005 TV Special performer: “What’d I Say” – uncredited
Saturday Night Live Christmas 1999 Video performer: “Winter Wonderland” – uncredited
Postcards from the Edge 1990 writer: “I Love to Be Unhappy”
Haunted Honeymoon 1986 performer: “Always in All Ways”, “Ballin’ the Jack”
Saturday Night Live 1975-1980 TV Series performer – 16 episodes
Gilda Live 1980 Documentary performer: “Let’s Talk Dirty to the Animals”, “The Audition/I Love to Be Unhappy”, “Don Kirshner/Rhonda Weiss Introduction/Go…”, “If You Look Close/Gimme Mick”, “Emily Litella”, “Roseanne Roseannadanna”, “Honey Touch Me With My Clothes On”
Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda (TV Special) 1979 performer: “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” – uncredited
Things We Did Last Summer 1978 TV Movie performer: “Things We Did Last Summer”
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series performer – 1 episode
Title Year Status Character
Gilda Radner: It’s Always Something 2002 TV Movie book “It’s Always Something”
The Best of Gilda Radner 1989 Video documentary
Gilda Live 1980 Documentary
Saturday Night Live 1975-1978 TV Series additional material – 3 episodes
Title Year Status Character
Life with Jeannie 2013 TV Series thanks – 1 episode
Title Year Status Character
It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. 1988 TV Series Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1983-1986 TV Series Herself – Guest
Reading Rainbow 1985 TV Series Herself
The New Show 1984 TV Series Herself / Various
The Making of ‘The Woman in Red’ 1984 TV Movie documentary Herself
Hour Magazine 1983 TV Series Herself
It Came from Hollywood 1982 Documentary Herself
Today 1980 TV Series Herself – Guest / Herself
The 34th Annual Tony Awards 1980 TV Special Herself – Presenter: Best Direction of a Musical
Gilda Live 1980 Documentary Herself / Various Characters
Saturday Night Live 1976-1979 TV Series Herself / Conchita / Girl / …
Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video 1979 Herself
Since ’45 1979 Documentary ‘Saturday Night’ performer
Good Morning America 1979 TV Series Herself – Guest
Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda (TV Special) 1979 Herself / Patty / Amy Kaplan / …
The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song 1979 TV Special Introduction
Things We Did Last Summer 1978 TV Movie Herself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself – Winner: Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series Herself – Special Guest Star
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1977 TV Special Herself – Nominee: Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music and Presenter
4th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1977 TV Special Herself
Dinah! 1975 TV Series Herself – Guest
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Entertainment Tonight 2015-2016 TV Series Herself
The Eighties 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Seventies 2015 TV Series documentary Herself
Live from New York! 2015 Documentary Herself / Various Characters
The Insider 2015 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live: 40th Anniversary Special 2015 TV Special Herself – Cast Member (In Memoriam)
An SNL Valentine 2015 TV Special Lisa Loopner / Various
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon 2015 Documentary Herself / Actrice
Saturday Night Live: Christmas Special 2014 TV Special Various
Saturday Night Live: Thanksgiving Special 2014 TV Special Jean Loud
Saturday Night Live 1989-2014 TV Series Baba Wawa / Dancer
Saturday Night Live: Thanksgiving 2013 TV Special Jean Loud (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live Backstage 2011 TV Special documentary Various
The Women of SNL 2010 TV Movie Emily Litella / Various
SNL Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas 2009 TV Movie Herself (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts 2009 TV Special La Dolce Gilda (uncredited)
A Company of Players 2008 Video documentary short Herself (uncredited)
Role Model: Gene Wilder 2008 TV Movie documentary Kate Hellman (uncredited)
E! True Hollywood Story 1997-2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Making Trouble 2007 Documentary Herself
Second City: First Family of Comedy 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Dan Aykroyd 2005 Video Various Characters (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Gilda Radner 2005 Video Herself / Various Characters
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary Herself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Commercial Parodies 2005 TV Movie Various Characters (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live: The Best of John Belushi 2005 TV Special Herself / Various (uncredited)
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments 2004 TV Movie Herself
The Trials of Henry Kissinger 2002 Documentary Baba Wawa (uncredited)
Gilda Radner: It’s Always Something 2002 TV Movie Herself
Gilda Radner’s Greatest Moments 2002 TV Special Herself / Various
SNL Remembers John Belushi 2002 TV Special Herself
The Making of ‘Tron’ 2002 Video documentary Animalympics characters
Saturday Night Live: Game Show Parodies 2000 TV Special Mrs. Mel (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live Christmas 1999 Video Herself (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live 25 1999 TV Special documentary Herself / Various (uncredited)
SNL: 25 Years of Music 1999 TV Movie Various
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Steve Martin 1998 TV Special Various Characters (uncredited)
50 Years of Funny Females 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
Best of Schiller’s Reel 1994 Video Herself
Friends of Gilda 1993 TV Movie Herself
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 1992 TV Special Baba Wawa, Miss Lillian Carter (uncredited)
Saturday Night Live Goes Commercial 1991 TV Special Various Characters (uncredited)
Funny Women of Television 1991 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Best of Gilda Radner 1989 Video documentary Herself / Judy Miller / Roseanne Rosannadanna / …
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary 1989 TV Special Herself
The Best of Chevy Chase 1987 Video documentary Herself
The Best of Dan Aykroyd 1986 Video Herself / Various Characters
The Best of John Belushi 1985 Video Herself / Various Characters
The Winds of Whoopie 1983 TV Movie


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