Kiss Me Like A Stranger

Kiss Me Like A Stranger

My Search for Love and Art

Book - 2005
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"Gene Wilder was one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970's and 1980's in movies. From his early work with Woody Allen to the rich group of movies he made with Mel Brooks to his partnership on screen with Richard Pryor, Wilder's performances are still discussed and celebrated today. ‘Kiss Me Like A Stranger’ is an intimate glimpse of the man behind the image on the screen. In this book, Wilder talks about everything from his experiences in psychoanalysis to why he got into acting (and later comedy--his first goal was to be a Shakespearean actor) to how a Midwestern childhood with a sick mother changed him. He writes about the creative process on stage and on screen, and divulges moments from life on the sets of the some of the most iconic movies of our time. He also opens up about his love affairs and marriages, including his marriage to comedian Gilda Radner. But the core of ‘Kiss Me Like A Stranger’ is an actor's search for truth and a thoughtful analysis of why the choices he made--some of them so serendipitous they were practically accidental--changed the course of his life."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2005.
ISBN: 9780312337070
9780312337063
031233706X
Call Number: 921 WILDER
Characteristics: 261 p. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Wilder, Gene, 1933-2016
Motion picture actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.

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chelliebel
Jun 12, 2012

To think all I really knew about Gene Wilder before reading this book was he'd been in Willy Wonka and some movies with Mel Brooks. sigh. He's an amazing human, writes beautifully, and has experienced so much.

He has had such an amazing life, and it was awesome to read about his descriptions of leaving his 2nd wife and their daughter, and how it was the cruelest, most necessary thing he'd ever done. And how wonderfully blessed he was to find his fourth wife so late in life but at the perfect time because he would never have appreciated her enough at some earlier point in his life. It was in her kitchen he saw this poem: "After a While" by Veronica A. Shoffstall. I just loved that poem for so many reasons. One of the many things about this book I'll take with me always.

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AnamCara
Nov 12, 2007

Gene Wilder has told his life story so far,warts and all. It has some really good stories and some sad times.

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