Gilda's Disease: Sharing Personal Experiences and a Medical Perspective on Ovarian Cancer

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Gilda Radner, the popular star of "Saturday Night Live", died of ovarian cancer on May 20, 1989. When "Fighting Ovarian Cancer - Doctors Don't Know Who's at Risk, or Why" appeared in the Washington Post ten days later, the media had finally let ovarian cancer out of the closet. It could strike any woman, including a famous comedienne who meant so much to so many. Following the publication in the New York Times of medical writer Larry Altman's article "Research Links Diet and Infertility Factors to Ovarian Cancer," Gilda's husband, Gene Wilder, wrote to the author to ask some pointed questions. Altman urged him to contact Dr. M. Steven Piver at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. Wilder and Piver met over the phone and immediately recognized their shared common desire. From that time, they have worked together to communicate to the general public what is now known about ovarian cancer. When Dr. Piver decided to write Gilda's Disease, he asked Wilder to help him by sharing what he had learned during Gilda's struggle so that others might benefit from their ordeal.

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I found this book interesting an very factual, although I have to wonder in the fast-paced world of medicine how much may be out of date at this point. This is a wonderful companion book to Gilda ... Read full review


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Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 11, 1933. He studied theater at the University of Iowa, at the Bristol Old Vic Theater School in England, and at the HB Studio in New York. He served a two-year Army stint as an aide in the psychiatric unit of the Valley Forge Army Hospital in Pennsylvania. After his discharge, he won a coveted spot at the Actors Studio. He became a stage actor, screenwriter, novelist, and the director of four movies in which he starred. His first major role on Broadway was the chaplain in a 1963 production of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children. In 1967, he made his movie debut as an undertaker in Bonnie and Clyde. He went on to appear in numerous movies including The Producers; Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory; Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex but Were Afraid to Ask; Blazing Saddles; Young Frankenstein; Silver Streak; Stir Crazy; See No Evil, Hear No Evil; Another You; and Hanky Panky. In 1999, he was a writer for two TV movies in which he starred Murder in a Small Town and The Lady in Question. In 2003, he won an Emmy for his guest starring role in an episode of Will and Grace. He retired from acting soon afterward. His third wife, actress Gilda Radner, died of ovarian cancer in 1989. In her memory, he co- founded an ovarian cancer detection center in her name, in Los Angeles, and Gilda's Club, a network of support centers for women with cancer. He also contributed to a book entitled Gilda's Disease with Dr. M. Steven Piver. His memoir, Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art, was published in 2005. His first novel, My French Whore, was published in 2007. His other books included The Woman Who Wouldn't, Something to Remember You By, and What Is This Thing Called Love? He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on August 29, 2016 at the age of 83.

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