‘SNL’ alim Molly Shannon looks back on tragedy in a new memoir: NPR


Starring with Molly Shannon, shown here in 2021 I want it for you, Showtime comedy series about shopping channel hosts.

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As an acting member Live Saturday night From 1995 to 2001, Molly Shannon became famous for playing the role of Mary Catherine, a Catholic schoolgirl.

She tells him to get off at a place SNL – and was recognized for the painting she created – should have felt like a success. But instead, Shannon remembers being depressed.

“Oh my gosh, I’m so proud, I realized that the only person I wanted to say was Molly was my mom,” Shannon says.

But Shannon’s mother, along with her 3 – year – old sister and cousin, died decades ago when her father, who was then drunk, crashed the family car into a pole. Over the years, Shannon says, the memory of his mother and sister has progressed throughout his life. But then she SNL Breakthrough Happened – She realized that her grief had not abated. However, that moment marks a turning point.

“It brought me peace with fame and the show business,” Shannon says. “As it is, you do not have to be the best, be creative. Enjoy your work where you are interested. It does not matter what position you are in, enjoy where you are. … I still have the same philosophy.”

Shannon did not slow down from her SNL Days. Co-starred in the comedy series The other two And White lotus, Also in the upcoming showtime comedy series I love that for you. After all, she is grateful for the time she spends with her own family.

“I think it’s deeply healing to live beyond the years my mother lived, and I do not take it as an end in itself,” he says. “I’m so grateful. I see my kids growing up, my mom not watching me grow up. And, I think she’s very happy for me.”

Shannon’s new memoir Hello, Molly!

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Hello, Molly! By Molly Shawn

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What she remembers about the car accident

I remember there were sirens and I could hear a lot of people talking. A large crowd stood and formed around the car and people tried to help and pull people out of the car. My sister Mary and I were put on a stretcher. I remember feeling her body near me, they put a blanket over us and it was so itchy. And I remember being confused What’s going on?

We were sleeping in the back of the station wagon and then they took us to the hospital and they ripped off our clothes. They picked us up and gave us all of these tests … touching parts of her body and making sure we could feel our legs and various things like that. Lots, lots of tests. ….

We woke up in the morning, people were coming with gifts and lots of toys, there were relatives. But I said, “Where is my mother?” You know, “Where’s Katie? Where’s my dad?” I would see my sister wanting to be my guide, but she was looking out the window and crying.

So in my head, “Oh, my mom should be with Katie in the baby section.” Katie may be on the other floor with the kids. My little sister is age 3. Then finally, I think an aunt told us that my mom and my sister were dead. She said, “They are gone, they are gone to heaven.” You know, this is good news.

Her father’s legs were crushed in the accident and how it affected him

It was very difficult because he was in the hospital for a long time and then my aunt got treatment. He had to learn to walk again. And she had a walker, and in her first year she slowly learned how to walk around her living room. So the recovery was slow. Then we finally returned to our original home.

It was hard for him. He will put pressure on cleaning and cooking. But he was a very supportive, full-time parent. He was always able to be with us. He had invested in twin houses in Cleveland, so he would go and collect the rent. But he would take us to school, stay home after school, and take me to piano lessons. So he tried to be a good father and did a good job.

Her father’s mischievous sense of humor

He wants to make us laugh. He had so many fun parents. He is stupid. He turns a lot of things into sports. If I go to a candy store and my dad and I are alone, he will say, “Molly, what if I pretend I’m blind when we go to the store?” I said, “OK.” So everything was sport. He said, “Is this chocolate ?!” And he would whip the chocolate. It was fun. It was fun. He was so stupid and wild.

In his early life in Showbiz

I thought it was a professional TV show. [But] This is a kind of local festival where we go to different festivals and it is not professional. And the woman who ran it seems to have a heavy drinking habit. And I enjoyed reading her. Sometimes we meet in the morning and she’s really drunk, I thought, “Ah, is she drunk? It’s too early.” So I actually read her.

But the show was a great experience because my dad would drive me all over southern Ohio to go to these festivals. I would sing on the microphone, “Tea for two” as if it were near the Bounce House. So it was a very good exercise.

When her father comes out later in life

I was too scared to ask him that was Terry. And it was interesting because I was waiting for him to tell me. My last SNL At the show, my dad came to the party. … We had a great time, and he watched my last show. But he did not tell me yet, I said, “God, he has not told me yet.”

I invited him to a press conference for this film I did with Kate Beckinsale Serendipity. I said, “Come out for four seasons.” We dressed in white, we ate Kobe salads and had a great time. We … went and sat in the lounge chairs in the pool, I thought, I’m going to be brave, asking the million dollar question that only a daughter can ask parents when they are alive. I said, “Have you ever thought you might be gay?” I remember saying it slowly … then it was like a pause. And he was, “very sure.”

I said, “What? What did you just say?” Can’t hear what they say. Most sure? God, what a relief. Then we ended up talking about it for the next 72 hours. We went to Ojai, [Calif.], We went to the Keros restaurant and asked him every question I wanted to ask. I said, “Does Mom know?” And he told me. I said, “When did you know you were gay?” And he said, “Oh, Molly, I know grade school.” … So we had this open conversation. … And it was an honor that he came out to me, and I think it was a relief to be able to tell him that. And he died six months later.

Heidi Saman and Thea Salonar have prepared and edited this interview for airing. Bridget Bunts, Seth Kelly and Natalie Escobar embraced it on the Internet.

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