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Gilda Radner film to open Tribeca festival

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"It's always something," Roseanne Roseannadanna liked to say in the early days of "Saturday Night Live"—and the latest something is something special for fans of the comedian who created the wacky character, Gilda Radner.

A new documentary, "LOVE Gilda," will open the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 15 at the Beacon Theater.

Using Radner's own words, the film chronicles the short, funny life of the Emmy-winning charter member of SNL's Not Ready for Prime Time Players from 1975 to 1980.

Director Lisa D'Apolito had access to Radner's personal audiotapes, diaries and home videos as well as her 1989 autobiography, "It's Always Something."

The source material is supplemented by interviews with SNL creator Lorne Michaels and cast members past and present, including Chevy Chase, Laraine Newman, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph and Cecily Strong.

Radner was 42 and married to actor Gene Wilder when she died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

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