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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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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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    Barna Elkridge, MD, United States 03-10-09
    Barna Elkridge, MD, United States 03-10-09
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    "Excellent book!"

    Something made me want to listen to this; maybe it was seeing Blazing Saddles again. Gene Wilder has a terrific background in the theater that I was totally unaware of! It brought back a lot of the Seventies and what they represent for us baby boomers. I looked especially forward to the chapters about Gilda and was not disappointed. I had heard that he had some sort of illness but I am glad to know he is still among us and with a wonderful wife of about 20 years. Watch Blazing Saddles or Silver Streak again, you will see what I mean.

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    Lance Weeki Wachee, FL, USA 07-10-08
    Lance Weeki Wachee, FL, USA 07-10-08
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    "Kiss Me like a Stranger"

    A wonderful account of Gene Wilder's life. Delicately written and read by the author. I was hoping it would never end.

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    Michel Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-15-07
    Michel Montreal, Quebec, Canada 07-15-07 Member Since 2005
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    "I would like to share a bottle of wine..."

    ... with Gene while sitting on a swing bench on a backporch in Conneticut. That's how I felt after listening to him recount his memoirs. Even with all the bizarre trauma, he was able to muddle through and luck out into a good life. He read the book as deadpan as his delivery with just a sparkle of emotion here or there which was enough to peak my interest further. Good job.

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    Robert Louisville, KY, USA 10-22-06
    Robert Louisville, KY, USA 10-22-06
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    "An intimate portrait"

    Gene bears all while recounting his life. Nothing is held back as his warmth and comic genius is woven into the fabric of the story. My expectations were high and they were exceeded. It was a wise choice to have Gene narrate the book and he pulls it off flawlessly.

    Gilder Radner does not consume the contents of the book. That was a shock but does not detract from the tale in the least. Also, Gene's interesting experience with Peter Sellers was a treat to hear. Confirms some of things often said about Sellers.

    Warning, there are some tear jerking moments in this book for the more sensitive types out there. It is very funny too, of course. That being said I highly recommend this book to any Wilder fan. You will gain a great deal of insight.

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    Joshua Astoria, NY, USA 06-04-06
    Joshua Astoria, NY, USA 06-04-06
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    "If you like Wilder..."

    ...then you'll really enjoy this selection. It was really interesting to hear Gene Wilder recall these stories from his childhood and theatre/movie career. You realize just how neurotic such a talented person can be. After listening the first time, I went back and listened to a few parts again, because it's really very interesting. I recommend it.

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    David HEWLETT, NY, USA 08-15-05
    David HEWLETT, NY, USA 08-15-05
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    "Wonderful, wonderful audiobook"

    I so enjoyed this audiobook that I ended up listening to it twice. I truly loved it, and the narration done by Gene Wilder himself only adds to the experience. What a great way to spend time finding out about such a great actor.

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    Karen Poughquag, NY, USA 07-21-05
    Karen Poughquag, NY, USA 07-21-05
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    I loved the fact that Gene Wilder narrated this himself. You get a true feeling of his actual life. Sometimes funny and sometimes sad. A must for the Gene Wilder fan.

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    paul j boyd hammonton, nj United States 08-18-08
    paul j boyd hammonton, nj United States 08-18-08 Member Since 2007
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    "kiss me like a stranger"

    interesting book. i would buy it again.however after reading this book he remains one of my favorite actors but not one of my favorite people. lets his girlfriend have an abortion without fighting for his son or daughters life..he writes as though he did not fight against the abortion as he was just being noble when he did it for convenience....but a good read i would buy this again

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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