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

Kiss Me Like a Stranger My Search for Love and Art Gene Wilder was one of the great comic actors who defined the s and 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

  • Title: Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art
  • Author: Gene Wilder
  • ISBN: 9780312337070
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 theGene 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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    1. This is a good memoir. I didn't know a lot about Gene's personal life and it was fun to read about his time making Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles (although he didn't write as much about Blazing Saddles as I would have liked). It was a quick read and I do recommend it especially if you are a fan.Just a little addition to my review- in light of the fact that Gene Wilder passed away from complications of Alzheimer's disease this week. This is a good book written by Gene. May he rest in peac [...]

    2. I read this about 10 years ago and it's still in my top five autobiographies. Such a fascinating man. RIP Gene Wilder.

    3. Amazing, amazing, amazing. I've always loved Gene Wilder, and usually I shy away from autobios by people I love, just for the simple fact that I might end up not liking them as much once I hear them speak. But Gene Wilder is Gene Wilder, and I snatched this up as soon as I found it.I was not disappointed. He was different than I thought he'd be - of course - but there were so many things I could relate and sympathize to, I was suprised. It was one of those wonderful realizations of finding a kin [...]

    4. Before reading this book, I was a huge fan of Gene Wilder and included him on my list of "Celebrities I'd Like to Get a Drink With." I am still a fan of and believe that he is one of the funniest actors ever, but I no longer want to have a drink with him. Why? Because this book made me realize on thing: Gene Wilder is kind of an asshole.

    5. I read this after reading Gilda Radner's "It's Always Something". I thought it would be interesting to read the other side of the story and see what his perspective was. I had come away from Gilda's book with the idea that Gene Wilder was a saint. From his book, I concluded that he is altogether human, with faults and all. Still, he comes across as very down-to-earth, humble, and unfailingly kind.He went through a lot of tough times, in his career and his personal life. With regards to Gilda, a [...]

    6. For someone who was a brilliant actor, he didn't write all that well. His topics were self-centered. His side of the Gilda Radner relationship was surprisingly cool, in a distant, egocentric manner.While I loved his work, now I realize the adage about watching sausage being made.

    7. After Gene Wilder’s death last week, I binged on interviews he did at various stages of his career. The most poignant was in 2013 at the 92nd Street Y because you can see that he was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, but the most in-depth interview, unsurprisingly, was with Terry Gross in promotion of this book. The interview, like the book, covers his personal life as well as his career, but included things he never went public with anywhere else. The most notable of these, and the thing [...]

    8. Okay, first off, let's just get this off the table before we do anything else. Is there really anybody in the whole world who wants to know the intimate details of Willy Wonka's love life? Hm. Right. I thought not. Now that that's cleared up. This predictably egocentric book about the jerk that is Gene Wilder reaches a point of inane self-obsession when Wilder asserts that his pre-marriage affair with Gilda Radner was the supreme act of unselfishness on his part. I had no idea when I picked up t [...]

    9. I once saw a meme that pinned Gene Wilder's Wonka against Johnny Depp's and it said something to the effect that Wilder is a nobody and Depp is an acting god, it annoyed me. Now I had a wall of Depp pictures that I had cut out from magazines but I will be the first to say that Wilder's Willy Wonka was far superior to Depp's very entertaining rendition. Also, Gene Wilder has been in many other amazing filmsYoung Frankenstein, The Producers, Blazing Saddles and the Richard Prior/Gene Wilder films [...]

    10. In Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Gene Wilder's character says, "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men." This idea has become his persona in the movies which has brought him many fans over the years. Wilder, star of hits like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, has written his autobiography. The title Kiss Me Like A Stranger was given to him by his late wife Gilda Radner of Saturday Night Live fame. While they were married, she vivaciously yelled out the title [...]

    11. An interesting memoir, a real sharing of a life and times, with some profound insights. I've always liked him and found him facinating. It's well written, he uses an intermittant conversation with his therapist as a writing tool which works well. Very engaging. He was mentioned at a writing class I took last summer and it piqued my interest, I didn't know he was an author.

    12. When I first started reading this book, I felt uncomfortable -- maybe even a little embarrassed. It was almost like eavesdropping on a therapy session. But then, after a few chapters, I realized something -- Gene Wilder was being totally honest. He was sharing what he really thought, giving his real opinion, and telling about things he did or said, regardless of whether they would be judged as good or bad by his readers.Don't read this book expecting Gene to be funny. Watch his movies for that. [...]

    13. I was so excited to read this bookI was greatly looking forward to learning more about the man who kept me captivated as a child watching Willy Wonka; & the man who kept me laughing as an adult watching Young Frankenstein & Blazing Saddles. While this book delves into Gene's at times odd childhood & his experiences as an adult in the acting world, it left me feeling sorry that I had read it. I think the thing that bothered me the most was when he spoke of Gilda Radner has very little [...]

    14. I have no idea why I read this book -- downloaded as a whim. I enjoyed it, and I like his simple, straightforward prose. It wasn't knock-your-socks-off profound, and it wasn't funny, but it was real. When I read reviews of other readers who thought he came across as unsympathetic, I was tempted to bump up my rating in protest. He is honest. That includes the parts of his life when he was not mature, not very wise, sometimes actively troubled. He doesn't dwell on his pain or confusion, but he rep [...]

    15. What a wonderful, warm, flawed human being. Gene Wilder reads the audiobook of his own memoir in his own gentle voice. I most enjoyed the parts about his training as an actor, and his creative process. In a way, the book seems too short after his career takes off. People seem to pass by in a blur: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Mike Nichols, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman, Peter Sellers, etc.There are some interesting insights into Richard Pryor, although Pryor remained a bit of a mystery to Wilder. T [...]

    16. This short, charming autobiography is unlike any other actor bio I have ever read. Instead of hashing out major notable career moments and gossipy stories, he focuses on his own neuroses, women, and major lessons in acting from his life. In this way, the book provides infinitely more insight into Wilder's character than more traditional biographies. And despite the lack of trashy content, Wilder does not sugar coat people in his life (particularly Gilda) and it's refreshing to have a writer allo [...]

    17. 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 and relax, and get ready to smile to yourself on your mass-transit system of choice. If you haven't read Wilder's fiction, DO IT!

    18. I've been brooding over this one. Things I didn't know about Gene Wilder: he's written many screen plays, he adopted a daughter, he studied acting quite a bit, and he's a part of the Actor's Studio. I had an affection for Gene Wilder. He's someone I always liked seeing on the screen, starting with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to Young Frankenstein to pretty much anything. But I probably should have been a bit more cautious about buying his book. I'd heard that he was doing a reading of [...]

    19. I wish had 1/2 stars because I actually would have given this 2 1/2 stars. I picked this book up because I had heard of the great love story between Gene Wildre and Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 43 while they were married. If you read this book for the reason I did, you will be disappointed as he doesn't even mention Gilda's name until Chapter 25 (page 187 of a 247 page book). I was also disappointed in him as a person -- he cheated on his first wife, he left his second [...]

    20. Added 4/6/08.I read the hard copy of this book sometime before April 2008. The book was first published in 2005.10/24/11 - I am currently listening to an audio version of this book, read by the author. It's fascinating. Lots of interesting peeks behind the scenes of the entertainment industry. The personal remembrances of Gene Wilder are extremely interesting and the charm of his personality comes through as you hear his words. He seems like such a humble person and very likable. As I listen, it [...]

    21. I listened to this on audible. Gene reads it himself and that made it for me. I enjoyed hearing his thoughts on art, creativity, acting, directing and painting. I think he is very honest about himself, who he is, and so forth.You can not like his choices or his behavior but that does not mean his story isn't valuable. And it is his life. He made his choices and he reflects on them with honesty.I also think the later part of the book where he talks about cancer (his and Gilda's) is useful. It is [...]

    22. I'm hung way up on Gene Wilder. He's not a terrible writer, either. He sounds like you would expect him to sound, and I liked his story. I had read the autobiography of his late wife, Gilda Radner, as well, which focused on her battle with ovarian cancer, and I liked that their accounts of their marriage were quite similar. He seems like an honest, quirky, imperfect, sincere man. I'm even more hung up on him now.

    23. this book is a toss-up. i love gene wilder and was super excited about the book. unfortunately, it's poorly written and a bit disturbing. gene has kind of a fucked up childhood or maybe he just makes it seem that way because he's so overly dramatic and such a bad writer. nonetheless, the book is great for details about the projects he's worked on and trivia like that Young Frankinstein was his script and project.

    24. I recently listened to Gene Wilder's 2006 memoir Kiss Me Like a Stranger while driving around Los Angeles. This is not a traditional life story memoir, but a series of moments that Wilder has chosen that exemplify the lessons of his life that taught him about two specific subjects: acting and women. Wilder honestly depicts how these two things have criss-crossed that made him the actor and man that he is. I'm not a big memoir fan, so was kind of into the non-traditional set-up of this rather tha [...]

    25. Ok I usually read more Musician biographies than movie stars but I did enjoy reading Comedian(s) Richard Pryor & Steve Martin's books which I decided to read also Gene's book when I saw it. I grew up watching his slap stick movies along with the other two I just mentioned. I am a big fan of the cult (original) movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - even though he doesn't get into much about that movie, he does seem to fit perfectly with Willy Wonka's personality on why he was perfect [...]

    26. Gene Wilder strikes me as somebody who has been holding back his whole life to protect himself from anxieties, which are probably genetic and triggered when his mom first fell ill. He uses acting to feel all the things he's too afraid to feel in real life. It's not really all that complicated, but he never seems to come out and say it point blank despite the "therapist" he talks to throughout. Or if he did, I missed it between all the tedious details of his career that could have been found on . [...]

    27. Gene Wilder has always held a unique fascination for me. I'll never forget watching Willy Wonka on TV as a child; I was simultaneously enthralled and terrified. I clearly remember cowering behind an armchair during the infamous boat scene. Later on I discovered his comedy talents in the films like Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein. So I was naturally curious to learn a bit more about him.But be forewarned - this autobiography does not focus on Wilder's film career. It mainly concentrates on [...]

    28. I got this as audiobook.I saw a lot of bad reviews about this book, regarding Gene Wilder's character more than anything else. Maybe because I don't know a lot about his work and I knew even less about him personally, the book didn't ruin any preconception about him I might have had, and it was an enjoyable read. Sure, he took a lot of misteps, specially in what regarded being faithful to his wives (yes, plural - 4 of them), but the account he makes of his life seems honest and open. I did enjoy [...]

    29. wow. If you want an intimate portrait of the intelligent and hilarious Gene Wilder, I would highly recommend giving this a read. He provides insight into the movies he has done as well as the relationships he has had. At times it made me want to cry and at others, a laugh would bubble in my throat. he's painfully honest and never pours the vaseline on the lense to get the desired effect. This man is an inspiration of mine, both in writing and comic acting; and this book has brought me closer to [...]

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