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

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Macmillan, Mar 7, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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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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Review: Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art

User Review  - Dlvierck - Goodreads

I went in to the book hoping for illumination and a bolstering of the grandeur I already associated with Gene Wilder. So, my bad. This is a very demystifying, disillusioning book. I very much liked ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Casey Danielson - Goodreads

Dag, I forgot how effortless a writer Mr. Wilder is. This is my third book of his, and the first non-fiction. Reading this autobiography is like sitting and catching up with an old friend—sit back ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
FIRST MOVEMENT
3
CAN A FEW WORDS CHANGE YOUR LIFE?
7
TAKE ME
19
THE DEMON ARRIVES
27
MY HEART IS NOT IN THE HIGHLANDS
33
A YANK AT THE OLD VIC
37
SHADES OF GRAY
41
A TASTE OF FREEDOM
73
THE KING IS DEAD LONG LIVE THE KING
79
FREE AT LAST FREE AT LAST THANK MARGIE WALLIS IM FREE AT LAST 63
83
SORRY i CAUGHT YOU WITH THE OLD LADY
95
NEW YORK NEW YORK
127
THE BIRTH OF A MONSTER 139
139
SHERLOCK HOLMES HAS A IEWISH BROTHER
157
LEO BLOOM HAS HIS PICTURE TAKEN
171

DON JUAN IN NEW YORK
47
THE WORST OF TIMES THE BEST OF TIMES
53
1O MOTHER COURAGE
65
HANKYPANKY WITH ROSEANNE RO5EAN N ADAN N A 167
207
COMEDIENNE BALLERINA 19461989
223
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About the author (2006)

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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