Gene Wilder defined film comedy in the 1970s and '80s, starring in movies ranging from The Producers to Blazing Saddles and See No Evil, Hear No Evil. Kiss Me Like a Stranger is an intelligent, quirky, humorous account of key events that have affected him - as the subtitle puts it, it is his search for love and art. In this very personal, fascinating book, Wilder gives a great insight into the creative process on stage and screen. He discusses his experiences of working with the very best of movie talent, including Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Sidney Poitier and Richard Pryor, and tells how he developed his own unique style from his early days at The Actors' Studio with Lee Strasberg. Amongst other incidents, he describes his time in the UK, which he has great fondness for, studying at the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol. During this period he came top of his class at fencing and doorstepped Sir John Geilgud to ask him to explain the use of iambic pentametre. Wilder also talks amusingly about his failed love life off-screen (including 4 marriages) and is candid about much darker times such as the death of his third wife, comedienne Gilda Radner, from cancer. He also reveals his own recent battle with the disease, which he's now come through, and which changed his perspective on life. This isn't a traditional celebrity 'tell all' but an insight into the life and mind of a great comic actor who has a rare ability to write as well as he performs.
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"Gene Wilder's frank, charming memoir, KISS ME LIKE A STRANGER, is refreshingly free from the two major sins of show-biz autobiographies: self-aggrandizement and score-settling."―Los Angeles Times
In this unusually personal book from the beloved star of many beloved and classic film comedies―from The Producers to Young Frankenstein , Blazing Saddles to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory―Gene Wilder writes about a side of his life the public hasn't seen on the screen. Wilder talks about everything from his experiences in psychoanalysis to why he got into acting to the funny, wonderful movies he made with Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, and many others. He writes candidly about the role of women in his life, about the overwhelming experience of marrying comedienne Gilda Radner, and about what ultimately had to happen for him to find true love. KISS ME LIKE A STRANGER is one actor's life in his own words.
"Uproarishly funny and at times very moving. It made me want to go out and see every Gene Wilder movie again."―Mel Brooks
"an intimate, unusual memoir...His book candidly explores his own faults and feelings, as well as those of the people he's loved and lost."―Publishers WeeklyAbout the Author:
Gene Wilder has been acting since he was thirteen. After his role in Bonnie and Clyde he was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role in 'The Producers', which led to 'Blazing Saddles'. His long and distinguished career continues with recent appearances in 'Will and Grace'.
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Book Description HarperCollins Entertainment, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0007208049
Book Description HarperCollins Entertainment, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 7208049