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Kiss Me Like A Stranger

My Search for Love and Art

Gene Wilder

St. Martin's Griffin

Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970's and 1980's in movies. From his early 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 book, Wilder talks about everything from his experiences in psychoanalysis to why he got into acting (and later 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 the some of the most iconic movies of our time. He also opens up about his love affairs and marriages, including his marriage to comedian 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.

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  • Kiss Me Like A Stranger by Gene Wilder--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to Gene Wilder read from his book Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art in this audiobook excerpt. Told in his own words, this memoir is a very personal story from the star of many beloved and classic comedies, including Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970s and 1980s in movies.

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Praise for Kiss Me Like A Stranger

"a gracious, endearing book" --The New York Times
 
"I always knew Gene Wilder was a remarkable person, but I didn't realize how remarkable until I read this brave, riveting book." --Charles Grodin, actor
 
"...an honest, affecting look at his life. Strong, tender and revealing" --Kirkus
 
"A wonderful addition to the entertainment memoir Gene pool." --Library Journal
 
"A witty memoir. It's also a reflective and well-written meditation on the life of someone who has more on his mind than the next big part or belly laugh." --Los Angeles Times
 
"It's impossible to not feel deep affection for Gene Wilder." --Entertainment Weekly
 
"Come for inside dish on his funniest movies, stay for touching stories about Mel Brooks, Gilda Radner and others. A classy memoir." -- Newsweek

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  • Gene Wilder

  • Gene Wilder has been acting since he was thirteen.  He was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Leo Bloom in The Producers, which led to Blazing Saddles and then to another Academy nomination, this time for writing Young Frankenstein. Wilder lives in Connecticut with his wife, Karen.
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Kiss Me Like A Stranger

My Search for Love and Art

Gene Wilder

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St. Martin's Griffin

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