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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,454 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gilda Radner Narrator: Gilda Radner Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 1989 ISBN: 9780743548717
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"I started out to write a book called A Portrait of the Artist as a Housewife. I wanted to write a collection of stories, poems and vignettes about things like my toaster oven and my relationships with plumbers, mailmen and delivery people. But life dealt me a much more complicated story..."

Gilda Radner died on May 20, 1989, shortly before publication of her book It's Always Something. A month before her death, Gilda entered a Los Angeles recording studio to deliver what would be her final performance -- this remarkable audio autobiography, in which she reveals the inspirational story of her struggles with cancer...a private, personal battle in which the humor and humanity that has touched millions became her most powerful weapon. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Touching and witty.”  

    USA Today

  • “Extraordinarily candid...A testament to her courage and comedic spirit.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Death be not proud: the book remains a victorious volume.”  

    Detroit Free Press

  • “Gilda mined her humor from everyday life, and what resulted really was something.” 

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 2/15/2014

    " As alot of celebrity books do, this one reveals more about the author's life than she may have intended. Her determination to beat a terminal condition is admirable and her courage never flagged. But it also shows glimpses of her husband's (Gene Wilder) struggle, his exhaustion and gives some idea of what it must be like for the family of cancer sufferers. Medically out of date but a fascinating glimpse into a complex situation. UPDATE: I wrote this review and since then, my husband has been diagnosed with advanced colon cancer. I went back and re-read the book. It's discouraging how different her experiences were with the more middle class majority of cancer patients. Since my husband's diagnosis, I've struggled with endless paperwork, legal issues and terrifying onslaughts of bills. When I got to the part where her husband brings her a very expensive bracelet, and then she goes home from the hospital with round the clock private nurses, I gave up and tossed the book out. I think Gilda's story is an inspiration to many with cancer, but most folks will not have her experiences because their background is so different from that of a successful Hollywood celebrity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 2/14/2014

    " "Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aline | 2/7/2014

    " A look at the trials and nightmare that cancer is as only Gilda Radner can tell it. Funny and heartbreaking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 2/5/2014

    " Was a very touching story, that I learned alot of things I need to remember for my own health. Gilda was her own biggest cheerleader and wouldn't take no for an answer. Another book that I am eger to re-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefania | 1/26/2014

    " Very funny but also tells her story of cancer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily E. | 1/25/2014

    " Hmm. So many people love this book. I had been meaning to read it for years. And when I finally did, I was disappointed. I loved Gilda's comedy on SNL and knew the gist of her story. I tried to get into it, but found myself skimming some pages because this book was sorely lacking something. More depth? Less neediness? I wanted to learn more about her formative years, more about her life before cancer, and much less about her co-dependency issues. (I have been under the impression that Gene had a very different view of their relationship.) Plus, it just isn't very well-written. I expected better word flow from someone with her comedic wit. I don't mean to downplay her courageous and heartbreaking battle with cancer or her foundation legacy. I know she stated that it's hard to be funny writing a book about cancer because cancer is the most un-funny thing. And I get that. I wasn't expecting much humor, but at least a better book, and while I appreciate that she told her story, it just left me saying "meh". Maybe I'll re-read again someday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethanne | 1/19/2014

    " I was glad to read her story of fighting cancer. Of course, it was written when she thought she had beaten it, so I think the book needed an epilogue added by the publisher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 1/19/2014

    " I have a linger affection for the first cast of SNL, and Radner was a favorite. I'm sorry the ovarian cancer got her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 1/19/2014

    " I read this book over 10 years ago, but remembered it each time I was afraid of some great turning point in my life. It pays to live deliberately and have a sense of humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 1/1/2014

    " It ends about 6 months before she died. It's interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope | 12/21/2013

    " Funny, sad, haunting. A must read. An amazing performer. An amazing woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Krzyszxian | 11/22/2013

    " A truly inspirational book. A story that will help us understand the reality that all of us are the same even the famous celebrities. We breathe the same air. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 11/21/2013

    " Funny, sad, funny, sad, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie Becerra | 10/21/2013

    " Great book, great lady! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl S. | 10/13/2013

    " Read a long time ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/22/2013

    " Changed my perspectives about cancer and life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 7/1/2013

    " I read this book awhile ago, but I still remember it. Funny, sad, just a great book. I definitely recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deena Scintilla | 3/22/2013

    " Gilda could always make me laugh. I miss her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie Maywalt | 2/9/2013

    " Very funny at times, but the outcome was sad indeed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 12/7/2012

    " An inspiring woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 12/3/2012

    " A touching, funny, sad, and amazing book written by one of the most amazing people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 11/23/2012

    " I love this book...I owned a copy, passed it along and never so it again..But it was so good. I loved Gilda and loved her even more after this book. Her outlook being a comedian and all was enlightening but still heart wrenching. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Williams | 9/13/2012

    " I have already read this book twice and it's our next pick for book club. It's funny, witty, and let's you in on the person that Gilda Radner really was in addition to her many personalities on SNL. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 5/8/2012

    " She's my idol so of course I adored this book, but it's really a must read for all survivors of anything at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 10/22/2011

    " I read this after she was gone. Then I realized how much I missed her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawna | 7/16/2011

    " This is Gilda's cancer story. Her ups and downs in her own voice. Touching and beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Telethe Wery | 6/8/2011

    " In my other life I must have been a comedianne. I have watched SNL since it's inseption in 1975. Gilda was always one of my favorites. It was so unfair to watch(read about) her fight with ovarian cancer. She wrote with unbelievable grace and without ever losing her humor which made her who she was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 chad nicholson | 5/12/2011

    " The book was read by her and she was not at 100% when she was doing it. It is a book about struggling for survival, my mom did it twice, and maybe it hit a bit too close to home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 5/4/2011

    " Gilda was such an inspiration and her book is no different. A must read for anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/5/2011

    " I read this book years ago, long before I was ever diagnosed with cancer myself. I still remember vividly her descriptions of her treatment. It helped me to understand my sister's experience and then later my own. The title of the book is perfect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marie | 4/4/2011

    " Very funny at times, but the outcome was sad indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb | 1/13/2011

    " Funny, touching, heart-rending Gilda Radner's well'known autobiography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marissa | 12/22/2010

    " Gilda Radner's battle through cancer is inspiring. Even through tough times, she tackles everything with a comedic outlook and headstrong determination. Her writing style is unique. This former Saturday Night Live girl is a true hero! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefania | 12/11/2010

    " Very funny but also tells her story of cancer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/2/2010

    " I read this book back in 1986, when I was going through cancer treatments myself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mayotte | 10/15/2010

    " Powerful, Sad, realistic book about her fight with ovarian cancer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon | 6/26/2010

    " This has been sitting on my bookshelf for nearly two decades. I have always admired the talent of Gilda Radner, but had been putting off reading this book for a number of reasons. Once I started, I read nearly non-stop. Honest, sad, sweet, funny, moving. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 5/2/2010

    " Gilda's on-again off-again on-again fight with cancer. How she coped, how she fought and how those around her made it possible.
    Wasn't particularly tear-inducing, nor was it funny. But a lot of insight into the personal battle with cancer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 4/15/2010

    " Gilda Radnors honest telling of her battle with ovarian cancer is surprisingly uplifting, even knowing that she eventually did succomb to the disease. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/17/2010

    " It was both sad and interesting to read about Gilda's battle with cancer. She was a neat human being. "

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Author Gilda Radner

Gilda Radner (June 28, 1946–May 20, 1989) was an American comedian and actress, best known as one of the original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award in 1978.