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Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art | [Gene Wilder]

Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art

Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970s and 1980s in movies. From his 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970s and 1980s in movies. From his 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 audiobook, Wilder talks about everything from his experiences in psychoanalysis to why he got into 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 some of the most iconic movies of our time.

Wilder also opens up about his search for love and his marriages, including his marriage to comedienne 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.

Listen to a Fresh Air interview with Gene Wilder.

And don't miss Gene Wilder in Conversation with Wendy Wasserstein at the 92nd Street Y.

©2005 Gene Wilder; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2000

"A gracious, endearing book....[Wilder] writes with striking candor." (The New York Times)
"Pure Gene Wilder! Uproarishly funny and at times very moving. It made me want to go out and see every Gene Wilder movie again." (Mel Brooks)

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    Elliott Philadelphia, PA, USA 04-17-05
    Elliott Philadelphia, PA, USA 04-17-05
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    "Interesting for a number of factors."

    Gene Wilder, in telling about his career, leaves enough hints for the aspiring actor, director and producer to better themselves. There are joyous moments and there are sad moments. But there isn't a moment where you'll lose interest.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mary east orange, NJ, USA 05-08-05
    Mary east orange, NJ, USA 05-08-05 Member Since 2005
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    "funny, moving, poignant"

    I don't know why but I am always surprised to find that even the rich and famous are plagued by the same problems and insecurities everyone else has. Yes, certain parts of the book are painful to read but who's life story is without pain? I was very touched and found it moving. And yes, it did bring to mind the many funny movies Gene Wilder has been in and I hope they have made it to dvd because I wouldn't mind seeing them all over again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Deb V Amherst, MA United States 07-03-05
    Deb V Amherst, MA United States 07-03-05 Member Since 2001

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    "an intimate portrait"

    It becomes clear that the early segment of Wilder's narrative parallels years of sessions with his therapist--touching and painful and ultimately leading to growth as an artist and as a man, flawed but fascinating. I can't imagine this book read by anyone but the author, especially given that his credo as an actor is to make it real. It definitely makes one want to go back to a number of his movies, especially some of the lesser-known ones.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 05-11-05
    Jody R. Nathan Tulsa, OK USA 05-11-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Brutally honest and charming"

    Gene Wilder discusses his childhood; his parents, his marriages; with brutal honesty and charm. Truly an unexpected glimpse into a great mind; more than I expected in some areas, less than I wanted in others; Bravo Mr. Wilder-- would like to read more of your writings!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Tumwater, WA, USA 03-27-05
    John Tumwater, WA, USA 03-27-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Not funny but sometimes charming."

    In spite of Mel Brooks review, the book is not funny. It occasionally reaches for amusing. It did make me want to see a few of Wilder's movies again. Mostly the stories are painful to hear but they were interesting enough for me to finish the book.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Riccardo Manzotti 05-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "moving, compelling, catching, personal, true"
    Would you listen to Kiss Me Like a Stranger again? Why?

    It's one of the most compelling and sincere autobiography one may be listen to. Plus Wilder has a charming voice that would make anything just as good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kiss Me Like a Stranger?

    When he understands why he has chose his artistic name.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Wilder tries to help a little boy


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love ever wins


    Any additional comments?

    The audiobook make me both laugh and cry and think

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Renton, WA, United States 01-16-12
    Gail Renton, WA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I purchased this book because I have been a Gene Wilder fan since I saw him in Willy Wonka. I specifically bought the audio version of the book because it was narrated by Gene himself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was narrated by Gene Wilder.


    What about Gene Wilder’s performance did you like?

    His dry sense of humor.


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    Bryan New Holland, OH, United States 09-24-10
    Bryan New Holland, OH, United States 09-24-10 Member Since 2005
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    "A Wonderful Memoir"

    I started this book with hopes of humorous anecdotes from the making of his more memorable films such as "Young Frankenstein" & "Blazing Saddles" and possibly a glimpse into is life with the comic genius Gilda Radner. What I got was a look at what many would perceive as a life filled with sorrow and melancholy. This autobiography portrays Gene not as a movie star or comedian but as a human being with many hurdles in his life both mentally, physically and creatively. The final chapters, his first meeting with Gilda and all they went through and ultimately the loss of her life along with how he met his current wife and his own personal struggle with cancer were the ones that really grabbed me and kept me glued to the book. I will never look at Gene Wilder the same way again. While I did not agree with his every philosophy especially those concerning marriage and family, I have a greater respect for him as celebrity and human being.

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    Joy Bear, DE, United States 08-27-10
    Joy Bear, DE, United States 08-27-10
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    "Wilder is the consummate storyteller...."

    This is a wonderful book, filled with emotion from the author. I have enjoyed his movies and now I feel like I know him even better. Never a dull moment-- a great book.

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    Annette Sand Springs, OK, United States 03-25-10
    Annette Sand Springs, OK, United States 03-25-10
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    "Enjoyed"

    It was an interesting read. I hope he and his daughter someday unite.

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