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Jan Hooks, the fearlessly silly Saturday Night Live cast member and world-renowned Alamo tour guide, died today at 57 of a serious illness, reports TMZ. She was an integral part of late-'80s/early-'90s SNL; per the unanimously reverent Twitter chatter this evening, her best role might've been in the three-and-a-half-minute short Love Is a Dream, a 1987 collaboration with Tom Schiller, Neal Marshad, and her longtime SNL cohort Phil Hartman.


According to the recent Hartman biography You Might Remember Me, the clip was a rare chance to see the actor in a semi-serious role; same for Hooks, who was much easier to find back then singing "I Didn't Evolve From You" to a monkey. But this is a strange, sad, beautiful piece of retro-romanticism that's almost unbearably poignant now that both of them are gone. They don't make anything—or anyone—like this anymore.

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