FEMINIST FRIDAY – GILDA RADNER

It was Gilda Radner’s birthday on June 28th, in her honor I am repeating this post.

ON FRIDAY I LIKE TO INTRODUCE OR REINTRODUCE WOMEN IN OUR SOCIETY WHO ARE MAKING OR HAVE MADE THE WORLD A LITTLE BETTER FOR ALL OF US.  TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT GILDA RADNER.

GILDA

At a time in my life when women were not even allowed to wear pants to work, I turned on late night television and discovered SNL and Gilda Radner.

I was completely amazed to watch a woman my age on a comedy show holding her own.  And, she was holding her own against men who would become the giants of the comedy industry.  She was funny and smart and not afraid to take chances.  Gilda did all of this and at the same time was the equal of the male comedians.  She didn’t use her sexuality, she wasn’t afraid to not be portrayed as pretty, she portrayed old and young and always seemed to be winking at you when she did.

Later in her life when Gilda got ovarian cancer, she again was fearless.  She took herself out in public and discussed her illness.  Again, this was something that was not done at that time.  You dealt with your illness behind closed doors back in the day.

To quote Amy Poehler, “What Gilda did is she accepted that life is ridiculous and just said well f… it!  What else are we going to do?  It’s beautiful, it’s crazy, it’s disappointing, it’s lonely, but why don’t we live while we’re alive.”

Gilda did all of that and was an inspiration.

GILDA YOU ROCK

Stock photograph of the famous World War II poster "We Can Do It!" showing Rosie the Riveter wearing a red bandana and flexing her muscles against a yellow background, created by J. Howard Miller. The woman that modeled for this image was actually named Geraldine Doyle and was a real riveter in the 1940s.

I INVITE YOU TO SHARE A POST ABOUT A WOMAN WHO INSPIRES YOU. JUST TAP ON THE LINKZ FROG TO POST. WE CAN NEVER SHARE TOO MANY STORIES ABOUT INSPIRING WOMEN.

THIS POST WILL STAY OPEN UNTIL MIDNIGHT TUESDAY NIGHT.

About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

19 Responses

  1. I’d never heard of her before but your post inspired me to search out more about her. I understand it must have been very special to have someone of same age and gender making such an impact on TV – she seemed to have lived life fearlessly and to the full. Married to Gene Wilder! She died so young and spent ages before a proper diagnosis was made. Too late. Always fascinating to read your Feminist Friday posts, Bernadette. Have a lovely weekend. 😀

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  2. I love Gilda, loved her skits on Saturday Night Live. She was an incredible person. And when I was diagnosed with cancer, Gilda’s Club was awesome. It was incredible. I just may have to join this Feminist Friday Link, next week. I’d like to write tributes to some women who’ve inspired me. 🙂

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  3. You may have already seen it, but if you haven’t and you get the chance, you might want to track down “Gilda Live!”, a recording of her Broadway show that was based (mostly) on her SNL characters. There are a few groaner/clinker scenes (just like any SNL episode) but overall it is a very funny, very sweet experience, and Gilda is in top from…

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  4. Anonymous

    She was an inspirational woman. We all need inspiration in our life. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Fourth of July 🇺🇸🇺🇸

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