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Judy Tenuta, a well-liked stand-up comedian, also known as “The Love Goddess” and “Aphrodite of the Accordion,” passed away on Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles from ovarian cancer.

She was 72.

Tenuta was an early pioneer of live comedy in comedy clubs and worked on stage as an actress in musicals and television. Weird Al Yankovich, who regularly had Tenuta on his show, tweeted about the beloved comic passing, writing, “Earth has truly lost a goddess.”

Tenuta co-starred with Bruce Vilanch in “Sister Mary” and appeared in “Gibsonburg” and “Material Girls” “General Hospital,” “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide,” and “Corey in the House” featured her. Tenuta was the first female comedian to win an American Comedy Award.

Tenuta is survived by Vern Pang, five brothers (Daniel, John, Steven, Thomas, and James), and a sister. Hollywood Forever will bury Tenuta. Make a Wish, St. Jude Hospital, or the City of Hope can accept gifts in lieu of flowers. What do you remember Judy Tenuta for?

 

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