Gilda Radner was an American comedian and actress best known for her comical characters on Saturday Night Live. After being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986, Gilda died in 1989. Gilda’s dream was to have a relaxing place for cancer patients, their families, and friends to visit for support and to find answers. Gene Wilder, her husband, and Joanna Bull, her cancer therapist, began to plan for the first Gilda’s Club. It opened in New York City in 1995.