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.
"Interesting for a number of factors."
Gene Wilder, one of the great comic actors of our time, discusses the art of acting, the search for love, the experience of marrying Gilda Radner, and other personal events that have shaped who he is today. Wendy Wasserstein is a playwright and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony award for best play for The Heidi Chronicles.
This event took place on March 22, 2005.
"Wilder at His Best !!"
The beloved actor and screenwriter's first novel, set during World War I, delicately and elegantly explores a most unusual romance. It's almost the end of the war, and Paul Peachy, a young railway employee and amateur actor, enlists and ships off to France. Peachy instantly realizes how out of his depth he is, and never more so than when he is captured. Risking everything, Peachy, who as a child of immigrants speaks German, makes the reckless decision to impersonate one of the enemy's most famous spies.
"I fell in Love Over My Ears..."
In actor Gene Wilder's second novel, concert violinist Jeremy Webb has an onstage breakdown. After pouring water into a tuba, he is sent away to a German health resort, where he meets, and tries to seduce, the beautiful Clara Mulpas. Unfortunately, after a disastrous marriage, she wants nothing to do with men. Jeremy isn't sure what to do - but he's determined not to give up.
"Small story, Big Theme, A Great Success"
Gene Wilder was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Leo Bloom in The Producers. That led to a role in Blazing Saddles and to another Academy Award nomination, this time for writing Young Frankenstein. His memoir, Kiss Me Like a Stranger, was a best seller. Wilder has also written his first novel, My French Whore, an intimate love story set inside a classic spy adventure.
"A great success story"