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 was 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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Twice nominated for Academy Awards in acting and screenwriting, Wilder is a comedic master whose performances in Blazing Saddles , Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory , and The Producers continue ... 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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Gene Wilder (1933-2016) began acting when he was thirteen and writing for the screen since the early 1970s. After a small role in Bonnie and Clyde pulled him away from a career onstage, 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 has appeared in twenty-five feature films and a number of stage productions. His first book, about his own life, was Kiss Me Like A Stranger, and was followed by the novels My French Whore, The Woman Who Wouldn t, What Is This Thing Called Love? and Something to Remember You By.

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