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It's Always Something Hardcover – June, 1989

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Completed before Radner's death last month, this is her personal account of her struggle with ovarian cancer and her inspiring attempt to keep an upbeat attitude during her illnes. Her discussion of a Santa Monica patient support group called the Wellness Community is the best part of the book and may be of interest to cancer patients and their families. However, readers expecting the show business history that the promotional material to this book promises will be disappointed; Radner's work with Saturday Night Live, her creation of such memorable characters like Emily Litella and Roseanne Roseannadanna, and her film work with husband Gene Wilder get scant attention here. Radner certainly deserves a biography that would record those achievements. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates.
- Judy Quinn, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"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

"Touching and witty." -- USA Today

"Gilda mined her humor from everyday life, and what resulted really was something." -- The San Diego Union-Tribune --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (June 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671638688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671638689
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Until I read this book, I thought Gilda Radner was a remarkable performer. After reading it, I realized she was much, much more. She was an extraordinary woman, too.
This book is not just written in a flowing, captivating way, it is also quite funny, despite its subject. While reading, you go through a journey with Radner, who takes you along with her for the good and the bad times. You cheer for her when she finally gets the man she loves, and you cry when you both lose the battle with cancer.
This book stayed with me for a long, long time after I read it. I want you all to have the same experience.
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Gilda Radner died at age 42- and she didn't have to. That's

what kept going through my head as I read this book, for the

first time,and the sixth time..... Knowing how this story ends casts

a shadow over this bright and articulate memoir somewhat, if

only because you know that Gilda's optimism and wishing didn't

do her any good. You see, all of her life, she had such a fear of

cancer, she would cross the street if the word was on a

sign or a building. She even hated her astrological sign,

which amazingly enough, was "CANCER", because she thought it was

an unhappy omen. When she's finally diagnosed with the disease,

you can feel her terror and frustration leaping off the pages,

partly because she documents going from doctor to doctor, when she first

has symptoms, confiding her fears ( ironically, Gilda began penning this tome many months

BEFORE she was diagnosed, or even had symptoms; it was meant to be a light, newlywed movie

star/housewife's handbook, full of vignettes and witty observations; until, that is,

her diagnosis: Gilda Radner wrote that she now faced with a foe "mightier even than the

Interior Decorator"!) Before her definitive diagnosis, most of the physicians-- and

there were many-- gave

Gilda the medical equivilent of a "pat on the head", as you would a dis-

illusioned child, and sent her home. They wouldn't even TEST

for it when she asked them to do so, which was outrageous. When it was discovered too

late, they tried their best to cure her, but.... well, sadly, we all

know the outcome.
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I have read "It's Always Something" by Gilda Radner probably a dozen or so times. Last night, I finished it once again. The message that Gilda gives to us is that you can never give up and no matter how bad things may seem in your own life, it can always be worse. Gilda Radner was a class act. She left behind memories that will someday make my children laugh. Gilda died as she lived; with respect, humor and dignity. Whenever I feel that life cannot get any worse, I pick up her book and it inspires me to go back out there and do whatever I can do to just get through the day. She is right when she says that some poems don't rhyme and some stories do not have a clear beginning, middle or end. Life was too short for Gilda. Her incredible life is her legacy. She made me laugh and I miss her. I finished the book once again, and I feel very sad today.
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On Sunday, May 21, 1989, I was dining at a favorite restaurant, poring over the front page of "The Kansas City Star." When I saw the cruel headline ("Gilda Radner Dies at 42"), my appetite vanished - and I felt as if I had lost a very close friend. Two months later, battling my own chronic illness, I was given a copy of "It's Always Something" while hospitalized with major depression. I had always loved Gilda from "SNL", but now I loved her even more.
The gifted comedienne's gripping, poignant, wrenching (and, yes, at times humorous) account of her fight with Ovarian cancer touched my heart, and I mourned her death even more fully. Ovarian cancer ended Gilda's life, but Radner's tragedy didn't begin and end there. The medical community failed Gilda. Her maligancy was not diagnosed until TEN MONTHS - that's right - nearly a near - after her symptoms began. By the time she underwent surgery in October 1986, she was at Stage IV in the illness - a time in which survival rates are distressingly low.
I'm angry. I was angry in July 1989 - and I'm still angry nearly 15 years later.
But the sorrow and regret do not mitigate the joys and beauty of Gilda's wonderful book. Her vulnerability, endearing childlike innocence, her abundant wit, her lovable nature, and her enduring kindness pervade "It's Always Something." And that's probably why I loved this book, even at the lowest point in my own life, when I was facing potential long-term hospitalization.
Luckily, I didn't have cancer, but I still relate - in spades - to Gilda's frustration with the medical establishment. I'm still fighting the condition diagnosed 15 years ago, and I still love and revere the beloved comedienne who inspired such loyalty from so many.
I adore Gilda Radner, and "It's Always Something" I'll carry in my heart.....forever.
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I've always been a fan of Gilda Radner.She was the greatest new comedian to come from the 70's.Just to look at her face doing skits on S.N.L. had me laughing out loud.I was so happy when it seemed Gilda was winning the battle over cancer.When she appeared on Gary Shandling's show,and made jokes about it.She looked fantastic.They even had a special lunch for Gilda,thinking she was cancer free,but she knew it was back again.Gilda still didn't give up. There's a part in the book when Gilda was walking down the street,and a car splashes muddy water on her.She starts yealing something about being "Cancer Women." Its the funniest part of the book.Gilda also write's about her childhood,and the S.N.L days,and her life with Gene Wilder.This book is very helpfull for anyone who has Cancer,and what to do if cancer runs in you family like it did in Gilda's.If only she knew,everything would have been different,but Gilda and her family have saved so many lives through Gilda's place. This is a beutifull book,and its not sad.Gilda's last gift to the World.
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