In playing such iconic characters as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella, and Baba Wawa, "Saturday Night Live" original cast comedian Gilda Radner helped popularize the sketch comedy series in its first five seasons, from 1975 to 1980. While myriad female comedians -- including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Melissa McCarthy, Maya Rudolph, and Cecily Strong -- continue to cite her as an influence, documentary filmmaker Lisa D'Apolito was worried that a younger generation of comedy fans would never discover her talents, almost 30 years after she succumbed to ovarian cancer.
So she produced a film about Radner called "Love, Gilda," which tells the story of the beloved performer's comedy career and life, including her love story with Gene Wilder and struggle with an eating disorder and cancer, in the female comedian's own words, using once-private diary entries and personal audio and video footage, along with interviews from her "SNL" original cast members including Chevy Chase, Paul Shaffer, and Laraine Newman as well as current "SNL" stars. Magnolia Pictures' "Love Gilda," which opened Tribeca Film Festival, last spring, opens nationally in theaters on September 21.
Download.com spoke to Lisa D'Apolito and actress Laraine Newman, also known for her roles in films like Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories" and 1993's "Coneheads," as well as for voice-over work in animated movies such as 2006's "The Incredibles," 2016's "The Secret Life of Pets," and 2017's "Despicable Me 3" about being lost without Google Maps (Android, iOS) and the apps they find least despicable.
What's the one app that you use the most?
Laraine Newman: Weather, Waze (Android, iOS), Equinox (Android, iOS), Nest (Android, iOS), and Find My Friends (iOS). But I'm not going to admit why I use Find My Friends, because I'll get busted. I use the Voice Memos (iOS) app to memorize stuff and to make notes.
Lisa D'Apolito: Google Maps (Android, iOS) is the best because I get lost everywhere. So this is the best thing that's ever happened, because you could travel to Paris with it. The last time I was there with my map and trying to speak in French, and now I just need to follow Google Maps.
LN: Ooh, I also love myLanguage's Translate Free - Language Translator & Dictionary (iOS), because you can text somebody in every language. You even have two choices with Portuguese, if it's Brazilian Portuguese or Portugal Portugese. And with Spanish, El Salvador, Honduras, all different dialects of Spanish -- it's fantastic.
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What's the last app you downloaded?
When you wake up the morning, what are the first apps you look at?
LN: I usually check my Gmail (Android, iOS) and all social media like Facebook (Android, iOS), Twitter (Android, iOS), and Instagram (Android, iOS). When I get ready to go out, I check the Weather app.
LD: I go to Gmail (Web) on my computer.
If you could invent your own app, what would it do?
LN: Sew my mouth shut -- I don't know.
Are you an Android or Apple user? Why?
LD: iPhone, because I edit on a Mac, so everything I have is on Apple.
LN: iPhone, because I feel that using Apple products is much more intuitive.
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