by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Eric Kelsey and Grant McCool
(Reuters) - Actress Jan Hooks, best known for portraying first ladies Hillary Clinton, Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan on "Saturday Night Live" in the 1980s, died in New York, the office of her agent Lisa Lieberman said on Thursday. She was 57.
Jan Hooks still stands out as one of the funniest cast members in SNL history. Very sorry to read about her passing.
- Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) October 9, 2014
Hooks performed alongside comedians such as Dana Carvey and the late Phil Hartman on NBC's "SNL" from 1986 until 1991, before joining the cast of CBS sitcom "Designing Women."
Sad to hear about Jan Hooks. Very funny and very underrated.
- Colin Quinn (@iamcolinquinn) October 9, 2014
If you never saw Jan Hooks The Sweeney Sisters sketch search'em & watch her great singing/comedic timing. Here's one: http://t.co/r54YFnLVHP
- Dane Cook (@DaneCook) October 9, 2014
Her representatives did not give a cause of death.
I can't believe it. Jan Hooks appeared in many 3rd Rock eps. We all truly loved her. I can't believe she's gone, another comedic genius.
- kristen johnston (@kjothesmartass) October 9, 2014
Hooks had a cameo in 1992's "Batman Returns," a recurring role as Vicki Dubcek on NBC's "3rd Rock from the Sun" and lent her voice to play Apu's wife Manjula in Fox's hit animated series "The Simpsons." Most recently, she played Vera Maroney in NBC's "30 Rock."