Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks

Former 'Saturday Night Live' star and comedian Jan Hooks, who is being buried in Cedartown, will not have any publicly held funeral services, according to officials at the Litesey Funeral Home, who are handling arrangements. 

Her family is asking for privacy at this time of grief. 

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A former star of the big and small screen with ties to Polk County is being flown home for burial in Cedartown after she died Thursday.

Jan Hooks, a former star who appeared on Saturday Night Live, Designing Women and Third Rock from the Sun, died Thursday in Woodstock, N.Y., of undisclosed causes.

The Lester C. Litesey Funeral Home in Cedartown is handling the arrangements for the family, but plans have yet to be announced about services.

The actress has family connections in Cedartown, and will likely be laid to rest alongside her aunt and her mother in a plot at Northview Cemetery, according to Tony Brazier from Litesey Funeral Home. 

"We buried her aunt back 7 or 8 years ago, Brazier said. "Her mother was buried here in 1986, and I believe she is still tied to some of the Brown family that's here in town."

Hooks, a Decatur, Georgia, native, moved into prime time in 1991 as a cast member on the sitcom "Designing Women." She later did an Emmy Award-nominated turn on "3rd Rock From the Sun."

She also appeared in 1992’s “Batman Returns” and voiced convenience store owner Apu's wife on “The Simpsons” for several years.

On “SNL,” she was part of a 1986 cast infusion that included fellow standouts Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman that helped the show after the previous season's ratings dive.

“I was 15 years old when I first saw Jan Hooks on SNL. All of her characters spoke to me. She was one of the greats,” SNL alum Amy Poehler said in a statement.

A former member of the influential comedy troupe The Groundlings, she had been rejected twice before for a spot on the NBC comedy institution.

Besides impersonations that included Bette Davis and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hooks won laughs for original characters such as Candy, half of the bouffant-haired Sweeney Sisters lounge act. But being on a live weekly broadcast proved hard on the comic actress.

“The show changed my life, obviously. But I have horrible stage fright," she said in an oral history of “SNL.” While other performers wanted to "get in there and do it,” she said, “I was one of the ones that between dress (rehearsal) and air was sitting in the corner going, ‘Please cut everything I’m in.’”

She jumped at the chance to move into prime time when asked to join the sitcom "Designing Women," appearing in the 1991-93 final seasons.

Born April 23, 1957, in Decatur, Georgia, Hooks studied for a time at the University of West Florida in Pensacola before leaving to begin her acting career, which included the 1985 movie “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.”

Her screen work became much more sporadic after the 1990s. On "30 Rock" in 2010, she played the avaricious mother of Jane Krakowski's character, Jenna Maroney.