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The Last Time Bill Murray Saw Gilda Radner [Pic+]

Bill Murray on Gilda Radner:

Gilda got married and went away. None of us saw her anymore. There was one good thing: Laraine (Newman) had a party one night, a great party at her house. And I ended up being the disk jockey. She just had forty-fives, and not that many, so you really had to work the music end of it. There was a collection of like the funniest people in the world at this party. Somehow Sam Kinison sticks in my brain. The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda. Gilda showed up and she”d already had cancer and gone into remission and then had it again, I guess. Anyway she was slim. We hadn”t seen her in a long time. And she started doing, “I”ve got to go,” and she was just going to leave, and I was like, “Going to leave?” It felt like she was going to really leave forever.

So we started carrying her around, in a way that we could only do with her. I carried her up and down the stairs, around the house, repeatedly, for a long time, until I was exhausted. Then Danny did it for a while. Then I did it again. We just kept carrying her; we did it in teams. We kept carrying her around, but like upside down, every which way–over your shoulder and under your arm, carrying her like luggage. And that went on for more than an hour–maybe an hour and a half–just carrying her around and saying, “She”s leaving! This could be it! Now come on, this could be the last time we see her. Gilda”s leaving, and remember that she”s very sick–hello?”

We worked all aspects of it, but it started with just, “She”s leaving, I dont know if you”ve said good-bye to her.” And we said good-bye to the same people ten, twenty times, you know.

And because these people were really funny, every person we”d drag her up to would just do like five minutes on her, with Gilda upside down in this sort of tortured position, which she absolutely loved. She was laughing so hard we could have lost her right then and there.

It was just one of the best parties I”ve ever been to in my life. I”ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her.

Excerpt from “Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live”

If you don”t choke up just a little bit, you”re dead inside.

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Date: 11/30/12 09:09 AM

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  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2012 at 8:54 am
    Link: The Last Time Bill Murray Saw Gilda Radner - If you don`t choke up just a little bit, you`re dead inside.
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    mervviscious Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2012 at 9:21 am
    why wasn`t I invited? I wanted to say good-bye to her too.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2012 at 9:22 am
    R.I.P. Gilda. You are missed.
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    pompousass7 Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2012 at 9:23 am
    those were the days SNL was funny
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    PieceOReese Male 30-39
    47 posts
    November 30, 2012 at 9:24 am
    that`s pretty cool. Gilda was hilarious on the show!
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2012 at 9:31 am
    That`s when SNL was actually funny. The show has had it`s moments since then, but it`s never been the same. The people like Murray, Martin, etc are great actors all around and geniuses at what they do. The cast since then may have had success, but none of them measure up overall. They make a half dozen movies that are all basically the same (Sandler/Spade/Farley) and they`re done. They don`t have the talent or range of the originals.
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    MrOrange Male 30-39
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    November 30, 2012 at 9:32 am
    awsome.
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    lostinkorea Female 30-39
    3727 posts
    November 30, 2012 at 9:37 am
    I got goosebumps!
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    zombunny Female 18-29
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    November 30, 2012 at 9:40 am
    *sniffle*
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 30, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Well thanks for bumming me out.
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    caper454 Female 70 & Over
    511 posts
    November 30, 2012 at 10:29 am
    It`s a touching story, but I must confess I did not choke up at all. I take offense to the assertion that this means I`m "dead inside". Why should I get all choked up over someone I never knew?
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    Justin9235 Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2012 at 10:34 am
    -Reading this I was like "who is this and why is this important?"
    -Read comments and see that something emotional happened
    -Look her up, died before I was even born

    Explains why I didn`t get it, but sad none the less.
  13. Profile photo of Cartunze
    Cartunze Male 60-69
    841 posts
    November 30, 2012 at 10:55 am
    Well, being an old guy I knew who Gilda was and loved her. Bill Murray`s story above didn`t make me tear up but some of Gilda`s last performances sure did. Back then, everyone knew she was dying but she stayed funny to the very end.
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    intrigid Male 18-29
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    November 30, 2012 at 11:57 am
    I didn`t choke up because the story is bizarre and doesn`t make a lot of sense.
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    lostinkorea Female 30-39
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    November 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm
    intrigid
    Male, 18-29, Canada
    746 Posts Friday, November 30, 2012 11:57:55 AM
    I didn`t choke up because the story is bizarre and doesn`t make a lot of sense.
    ____

    Because it`s Motherdrating Bill Murray! LOL, and I could totally picture them carrying her around! I loved her laugh, she was so damn funny!!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    As her grandma, Nanna Roseannadanna used to say,
    "It`s always somethin`. If it`s not one thing, it`s something else."


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    sutra46 Female 40-49
    2550 posts
    November 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    Fancy any chance you will put up `the woman in Red`
    She is fab in it. I feel bad for Gene Wilder. To lose her so young.
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    SmagBoy1 Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm
    What an incredible woman she was. Truly and completely. I miss her.
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    bdowner60 Male 40-49
    593 posts
    November 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm
    People of character from SNL (when improv was real)
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    BostonKaiser Male 40-49
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    November 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm
    A very funny lady, gone way too soon. We miss you, Gilda.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Gilda Radner Quotes...

    "I`d much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they`re the first to be rescued off sinking ships."

    "Dreams are like paper, they tear so easily".

    "Adopted kids are such a pain - you have to teach them how to look like you."

    "I base my fashion taste on what doesn`t itch."
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    robthelurker Male 18-29
    2882 posts
    December 1, 2012 at 7:35 am
    not like i needed another reason to love bill murray, but then again you can never love bill murray too much.

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