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With her zany style and easygoing nature, there wasn’t an audience Gilda Radner couldn’t win over. She was born in my hometown, Detroit —named after Rita Hayworth’s character in the movie “Gilda.” After dabbling in theater at the University of Michigan, she followed a boyfriend to Canada and got her first big break—a part in the Toronto production of “Godspell,” with Martin Short and Eugene Levy. There was a hitch with The Second City troupe, then a move to New York and work on the “National Lampoon Show.” And in 1975—without even an audition—she was the first person signed for “Saturday Night Live.”

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