Kiss me like a stranger: my search for love and art by Gene Wilder
October 6, 2022 11:08 AM - Subscribe

2005, from the back jacket: In this unusually personal book from the star of many beloved and classic film comedies-- from The Producers to Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory-- Gene Wilder writes about a side of his life the public hasn't seen on the screen.

“a gracious, endearing book” —The New York Times
“I always knew Gene Wilder was a remarkable person, but I didn't realize how remarkable until I read this brave, riveting book.” —Charles Grodin, actor
“ honest, affecting look at his life. Strong, tender and revealing” —Kirkus
“A wonderful addition to the entertainment memoir Gene pool.” —Library Journal
“A witty memoir. It's also a reflective and well-written meditation on the life of someone who has more on his mind than the next big part or belly laugh.” —Los Angeles Times
“It's impossible to not feel deep affection for Gene Wilder.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Come for inside dish on his funniest movies, stay for touching stories about Mel Brooks, Gilda Radner and others. A classy memoir.” —Newsweek

One of the loveliest memoirs I've read, feels real and vulnerable. It's fun, too-- he was in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest on Broadway with Kirk Douglas! He was in a play with Anne Bancroft who just happened to introduce him to her boyfriend-- Mel Brooks! He's honest about his relationship with Gilda, and what a handful she was. He also loved other people and he shares that very well.
posted by winesong (1 comment total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Sounds great! I have a whole bunch of memoirs by comedians/actors and missed this one. Martin Short and Billy Crystal have a lot of great stories.
posted by Glinn at 5:32 PM on October 6, 2022

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