“Love, Gilda” Documentary on Comedienne Gilda Radner Available January 1 from Magnolia

Magnolia Home Entertainment is releasing the documentary Love, Gilda (DVD: $26.98) on January 1. In her own words, comedienne Gilda Radner (1946-89) reflects on her life and career in director Lisa D’Apolito’s documentary, which incorporates Radner’s recently discovered audiotapes and rare home movies. Radner was one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live, where she created and portrayed now-classic comic characters such as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella, and Lisa Loopner. She quickly rose to meteoric fame in television, movies, and on Broadway. Working with the Radner Estate, D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, comedy career, life with husband Gene Wilder, and struggle with cancer. Also including interviews with Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Paul Shaffer, Martin Short, SNL creator-producer Lorne Michaels, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz, and others, the film features diaries read by modern-day comedians who were inspired by Gilda, including Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph.