Jan Hooks Net Worth: Jan Hooks was born on April 23, 1957 in Decatur, Georgia. Her subsequent work has comprised a regular part on the final two seasons of Designing Women and also numerous roles in film and television. She began her career as a member of the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe The Groundlings and in an Atlanta nightclub act called The Wits Ending Players. Between 1978–1979, Hooks appeared in Tush on Ted Turner’s television station WTCG, which finally became TBS. She gained notice in the early ’80s on the HBO comedy series Not Necessarily the News. Hooks also had guest comedienne appearances on Comedy Break with Mack and Jamie in the mid-’80s. Hooks left SNL in 1991 after being requested by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason to replace Jean Smart on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. She’s since made appearances in a number of films and had a recurring part as the trashy Vicki Dubcek on 3rd Rock from the Sun, earning Hooks an Emmy Award nomination. She guest-starred on two cartoons for the FOX Network: The Simpsons, as Apu’s new wife, Manjula and Futurama, in the episode Bendless Love, as the voice of a female robot named Angleyne. She also had a memorable part in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure as a know it all tour guide in the Alamo. In 2010 she was a guest star on 30 Rock, playing Jenna’s mom, Verna. Tragically, Jan Hooks expired on October 9, 2014 in the age of 57 after allegedly dealing with a critical sickness.
Attended the University of West Florida, but didn't graduate.
Originally turned down for a regular spot on Saturday Night Live (1975) in 1985 because they thought at age 28, she was too old; they hired her the next year, when she was 29.
Was formerly part of the improvisation group the Groundlings.
Smiled quite a lot when acting
[on dealing with stage fright during her stint on Saturday Night Live (1975)] Sometimes if I see an old show, I think "Boy, I was good!" I mean, can't you tell how shit-scared I was? And you know how they say, "Well, everybody's got the jitters," and you go out there and you're fine? No! I wasn't! I didn't like it! I don't like roller coasters, and I don't like circus performing. It's just not my thing. The music was too loud. The people, the energy of it just made me very nervous. [It was] an awful, awful time. And I didn't care. I didn't want to be [famous]. I didn't want to be on TV!