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

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Told in his own words, a very personal story from the star of many beloved and classic comedies, including Young Frankenstein, The Producers, and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970s and 1980s in movies. From his 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 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 some of the most iconic movies of our time. He also opens up about his search for love and his marriages, including his marriage to comedienne 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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"Gene Wilder's frank, charming memoir, KISS ME LIKE A STRANGER, is refreshingly free from the two major sins of show-biz autobiographies: self-aggrandizement and score-settling."-- Los Angeles Times
 
In this unusually personal book from the beloved star of many beloved and classic film comedies--from The Producers to Young Frankenstein , Blazing Saddles to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory--Gene Wilder writes about a side of his life the public hasn't seen on the screen.  Wilder talks about everything from his experiences in psychoanalysis to why he got into acting to the funny, wonderful movies he made with Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, and many others.  He writes candidly about the role of women in his life, about the overwhelming experience of marrying comedienne Gilda Radner, and about what ultimately had to happen for him to find true love.  KISS ME LIKE A STRANGER is one actor's life in his own words.
 
"Uproarishly funny and at times very moving.  It made me want to go out and see every Gene Wilder movie again."--Mel Brooks
 
"an intimate, unusual memoir…His book candidly explores his own faults and feelings, as well as those of the people he's loved and lost."-- Publishers Weekly
 

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GENE WILDER has been acting professionally since 1959. He lives in Connecticut.

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