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Kiss Me Like a Stranger My Search for Love And Art (Paperback)

Author:  Gene Wilder
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312337078
ISBN-13: 9780312337070
Sku: 31291326
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  261
Age Range:  NA
Although not an autobiography in the usual sense, in this personal book, actor Gene Wilder selects the most personal events in his life--ones that have led him to an understanding of the art of acting, and of how to give and receive the love of a woman.
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The comic actor shares personal events that led to his understanding of love and the art of acting, discussing his relationships with such contemporaries as Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, and Gilda Radner.
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.
In this charming, funny, and often poignant memoir, actor and comedian Gene Wilder describes his Midwestern upbringing, early neuroses (including compulsive praying), and first attempts at comedy as he tried to follow a doctor's somewhat traumatic orders to keep his invalid mother laughing for the good of her health. He recounts his relationships with a cornucopia of Hollywood and Broadway figures, including the larger-than-life actor Zero Mostel, the comedian Richard Pryor, and Mel Brooks, with whom he collaborated on movies including THE PRODUCERS and YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Nor does he neglect his passionate, complex, and ultimately heartbreaking odyssey with the comedienne Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer at the age of 43 in 1989, just a few years after they were married. With a characteristic lack of self-pity, he discusses frankly his long and painful recovery from Radner's death, as well as his own cancer experience with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma more than a decade later. Wilder's likeable personality--a combination of shyness, neurotic compulsions, and impeccable comic timing--is very much in evidence throughout. A remarkably candid confessional, KISS ME LIKE A STRANGER blends acute observation, wit, and Wilder's innate storytelling skills in a consistently affecting narrative.


"Introspective by nature, [Wilder] provides a series of vignettes that he hopes will add clarity to his personal search for the truth about his family, his loves, the choices he has made, and his quest for artistic fulfillment....[A] compelling portrait of a multifaceted man." 03/15/2005

Publishers Weekly
"Honesty is a prevailing quality of this book....[Wilder] candidly explores his own faults and feelings, as well as those of the people he's loved and lost." 10/18/2004

Kirkus Reviews
"...[A]n honest, affecting look at his life." 01/01/2005

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0261
Product attributePublisher:   St. Martin's Griffin
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