The name Gilda Radner will put a smile on the faces of people who remember watching her as one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live (1975-1980) where she created and portrayed iconic characters like Rosanne Rosanadana, Emily Litella and Baba Wawa. Her physical comedic genius has inspired many modern day comediennes. Gilda’s legacy lives on in the world of comedy but also in a deeper way. When Gilda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, she went public about her illness. Many followed her painful journey and when she died in 1989, felt like they'd lost a close friend.
Love Gilda takes you a journey through Gilda’s heart and soul. We hear of her lonely childhood as chubby outsider and how she learns to make friends by telling jokes. She loses her father to illness at a young age and spends her life looking for love. When cast in Saturday Night Live she becomes a star and is on the cover on magazines. But goes home alone with the guilt of her eating disorder. She finds that fame is not happiness producing. She meets the actor Gene Wilder who helps her. They marry and after years of and she has a miscarriage. After many misdiagnoses, she finds out she has Stage 4 ovarian cancer. Gilda deals with her cancer in the only way she can, with humor. She makes a home movie of her 9th chemotherapy and starts recording her life story. She appeared on It’s Gary Shandling Show making cancer jokes and goes on a mission to write a book, so she can help others going though cancer. Through out her life, Gilda picks herself up after being knocked down and she shows us that even when facing challenges we still have the choice to enjoy the comedy of life.