Tuesday, July 23, 2024

RIP Judy Belushi, Widow of “SNL” Legend John Belushi, Brilliant Tender of Comedian’s Legacy


Judy Belushi has died at age 73.

The widow of “SNL” legend John Belushi tended his legacy after his untimely death in 1982. Judy lived on Martha’s Vineyard, where John Belushi is buried.

In 1990, Judy married Vincent Pisano. They divorced in 2010 and had at least one child.

Belushi had been battling cancer for a couple of years, according to friends. In the last year she’d been writing songs and having musician friends on Martha’s Vineyard help to finish and record them.

After “Saturday Night Live” became an overnight hit, John and Judy Belushi, and Dan Aykroyd, discovered the Vineyard, which had had become an unlikely hot spot because of rock stars Carly Simon and James Taylor.

Songwriter Stephen Bishop wrote on Twitter: “Today, I am devastated by the passing of my friend Judy Pisano (Belushi). Her love for her husband John Belushi, his career, and his legacy was unmatched.

“I have fond memories of working and hanging out with Judy and John. She was always kind to me and stayed in touch through the years. I so enjoyed seeing her at Animal House reunions. My memories of her are filled with warmth and affection. I’ll always cherish them.

“My sincere condolences to both the Pisano and Belushi families. She will be greatly missed.”

Judy Belushi produced an award winning documentary about her late husband in 2020, designed to correct an earlier film and book called “Wired.” The new film, “Belushi,” contained John’s unheard audiotapes and home movies.

Condolences to her family and friends.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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