When Gene Wilder's friend Letty Cottin Pogrebin worried that Wilder's bashfulness would affect their 2007 interview at the 92nd Street Y, the actor and writer responded, "At dinner parties I'm shy. In front of a thousand people I'm fine". Wilder appeared in such movies as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Producers, and Blazing Saddles, but in this discussion he professes that he much prefers to write these days. His memoir Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art was followed by two novels and a collection of short stories, hence, though Wilder decided to be an actor at the age of 11, he has essentially turned to literary expression.
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As with most 92Y interviews, this one let us in on much of Gene Wilder's life story. It was enjoyable to listen to. He seems like a great person. I so love his movies, and it is good to know he is genuine in real life.
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