Love, Gilda | Chicago Reader

Love, Gilda

Trailblazing comedian Gilda Radner is the subject of this effusive documentary, grounded in the wise choice to have much of the story told by Radner herself. First-time director Lisa D’Apolito interweaves Radner’s personal writings and audiotape recordings with photographs and home videos to create a moving portrait of the original Saturday Night Live cast member, which stretches from Radner’s childhood in 1950s Detroit to her death from ovarian cancer in 1989. Famous fans like Melissa McCarthy and Amy Poehler read aloud from her diary with a mix of awe and delight while her contemporaries, including Martin Short and Lorne Michaels, share their memories and insights into her too-brief life and career. Fittingly though, it’s Radner’s voice—especially when describing her struggles with food, fame, and men—that shines brightest.



  • Lisa D'Apolito


  • Chevy Chase
  • Bill Hader
  • Amy Poehler
  • Maya Rudolph
  • Martin Short
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Paul Shaffer
  • Cecily Strong
  • Laraine Newman
  • Rose Abdoo
  • Alan Zweibel
  • Anne Beatts
  • Rosie Schuster


  • Lisa D'Apolito
  • Bronwyn Berry
  • Meryl Goldsmith
  • James Tumminia
  • Edie Baskin
  • Christopher Clements
  • Julie Goldman
  • Meryl Goldsmith
  • Carolyn Hepburn
  • Courtney Sexton
  • Alan Zweibel
  • Robin Zweibel

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