It's Always Something

It's Always Something

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It's Always Something by Gilda Radner

To honor the twentieth anniversary of beloved comedienne Gilda Radner’s death from ovarian cancer comes a commemo- rative edition of her memoir, It’s Always Something—featuring a newly updated resource guide for people living with cancer and a tribute by Radner’s former colleagues at Saturday Night Live.

As a cast member on the original Saturday Night Live, Gilda Radner created a compelling character named “Roseann Rosannadanna” who habitually ended her routine with the line, “It’s always something,” which was her father’s favorite expression about life. Radner chose the catch- phrase she made famous as the title to her brave, funny, and painfully honest memoir: the story of her struggle against cancer and her determination to continue laughing.

Gilda’s Club, a network of affiliate clubhouses that seeks to provide a social and emotional support community to people living with cancer, was founded in Radner’s memory in 1991. The name of the organization comes from a remark Gilda once made, that cancer gave her “membership to an elite club I’d rather not belong to.” In partnership with Gilda’s Club, It’s Always Something includes valuable information for all whose lives have been touched by cancer and reminds us of the important place laughter has in healing.

Told as only Gilda Radner could tell it, It’s Always Something is the inspiring story of a courageous, funny woman fighting to enjoy life no matter what the circumstances. She died in 1989. Gilda’s Club is distinguished by its unique philosophy and pro- gram, “cancer support for the whole family, the whole time.” Learn more about Gilda’s Club at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439148860
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 05/19/2009
Edition description: 20th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 163,511
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gilda Radner was born and raised in Detroit, began her acting career with Chicago’s Second City comedy improvisational group. Coming to New York during the early 1970s, she worked in several National Lampoon productions with John Belushi. In 1975, Ms. Radner was chosen as one of the original Not Ready for Primetime Players on television’s Saturday Night Live, where she was featured from 1975–1980. Subsequently, she appeared in the Broadway production of Gilda Live! and several comedy films including Hanky Panky, where she met her husband, Gene Wilder.

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It’s Always Something


I started out to write a book called A Portrait of the Artist as a Housewife. I wanted to write a collection of stories, poems, and vignettes about things like my toaster oven and my relationships with plumbers, mailmen and delivery people. But life dealt me a much more complicated story. On October 21, 1986, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Suddenly I had to spend all my time getting well. I was fighting for my life against cancer, a more lethal foe than even the interior decorator. The book has turned out a bit differently from what I had intended. It’s a book about illness, doctors and hospitals; about friends and family; about beliefs and hopes. It’s about my life, especially about the last two years. And I hope it will help others who live in the world of medication and uncertainty.

These are my experiences, of course, and they may not necessarily be what happens to other cancer patients. All the medical explanations in the book are my own, as I understand them. Cancer is probably the most unfunny thing in the world, but I’m a comedienne, and even cancer couldn’t stop me from seeing humor in what I went through. So I’m sharing with you what I call a seriously funny book, one that confirms my father’s favorite expression about life, “It’s always something.”

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Kadoo More than 1 year ago
Gilda Radner has always been a favorite of mine, and I was so sad when she died. When I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2005, however, I couldn't bear to read It's Always Something. However, when my third recurrence was confirmed a month ago, I decided it was time to read this book. Bless you, Gilda, for putting your experience into words. This book gave me strength to face this darned cancer yet again. Gilda's humor and candor are exquisite. An added treat is learning more about Gilda's life. I highly recommend this book, especially to cancer patients.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Gilda went through so much in her struggle with cancer. This book definitely made me stop and smell the roses and realize just how fragile life is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first you think 'is this woman crazy?' and then you think, 'yes, yes she is', but how wonderful to be so in touch with ones own feelings and so unabashedly proud of who you are. The truth of her life is on those pages; that she was a lady who deeply understood what laughter meant to one's spirit. Truthfully written with a heart of gold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading about her life...sad at times!
SoftballmomCA More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Gilda's book. She wrote of the funny side of her cancer; however, she also shares the sad, terrifying, and painful side. This is a moving book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gilda will make you both laugh and cry when you read this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who is either a Radner fan or who is battling cancer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I read once I left the hospital after my own fight with ovarian cancer when I was 19. Gilda's book put so many things in perspective and taught me a lot of things. Her light lives on through this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who was either a fan of Gilda, a cancer patient, or a loved one/care giver of someone with the disease.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a loss to the world when Gilda Radner passed away many years ago. She leaves behind her laughter in this amazing book. This book will make you laugh and cry. You won't be able to put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first stumbled upon Gilda Radner when the movie on her life began to be previewed. Before then, if you walked up to me and said, 'Hey, do you know this comedienne?' I would have shaken my head and admitted that I did not. Time passed, and the day of the movie I was late into watching it. I managed to start watching sometime during her childhood, quickly caught on, and was amazed with what I saw. If I had been alive during the 1970's, I most likely would have watched Saturday Night Live. After I watched the movie I just couldn't believe it. I had never known just how horrible cancer really was. So, then I listened to the audio. It made me cry, hearing the voice of someone who knew that they may or may not survive from a battle in which they had been struggling with. Finally, I read the book, which, despite what some people might think, is a lot different from the audio. The audio cuts out somethings. Nonetheless, I read that, and cried. Gilda Radner was remarkable. She seemed like such a kind person, she didn't deserve what happened.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's a great book... my favorite! it really teaches you to appreciate life, and get the most out of what you have. Really amazing courage gilda radner had. you as a reader learn a lot from her. especially courage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a cancer survivor I can only say that not only can I relate to this book because of my own experiences with cancer on a daily basis, but I can also relate with her personal triumphs and tragedies in her life outside of her battle. I have never read a book that has moved me to the point of making me howl with laughter out load, but also cry with tears streaming down my face. I read this book in less than twenty-four hours, from the first page to the last she had me hanging on every word she wrote. This book is a MUST for all to read, if nothing else, just to remind us that the blissful ignorance for 'tomorrow stretches on forever' will not last forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a peek into the life of not only someone very famous, but a person going through a terminal disease. This tells of her struggles and her happy times. A lighthearted yet bittersweet book. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Touching, heartbreaking, and totally relatable to her struggle with cancer. Gilda speaks to the reader as if talking to a beloved friend over coffee. Highly recommended!
Bella49 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. It's funny, it's sad, it will make you laugh and it will for sure make you cry. Gilda takes you in a journey of life, love and the awful disease that took this amazing funny, talented, loving person from this earth.  This woman never gave up on love and in life. She is THE inspiration of life to the fullest. Gilda you are never forgotten. I read your book for the first time when I was a teenager, I am now 41 and you still make me laugh and cry at the same time.  I highly recommend this book. You will read it over and over again 
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