Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art [NOOK Book]

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In this personal book from the 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. Kiss Me Like a Stranger is not an autobiography in the usual sense of the word, and it's certainly not another celebrity "tell-all." Instead, Wilder has chosen to write about resonant moments in his life, events that led him to an understanding of the ...

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Overview

In this personal book from the 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. Kiss Me Like a Stranger is not an autobiography in the usual sense of the word, and it's certainly not another celebrity "tell-all." Instead, Wilder has chosen to write about resonant moments in his life, events that led him to an understanding of the art of acting, and -- more important -- to an understanding of how to give love to and receive love from a woman.

Wilder writes compellingly about the creative process on stage and screen, and divulges moments from life on the sets of some of the most iconic movies of our time.

In this book, he 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), and how a Midwestern childhood with a sick mother changed him. Wilder explains why he became an actor and writer, and about the funny, wonderful movies he made with Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, and Harrison Ford, among many others. He candidly reveals his failures in love, and writes about the overwhelming experience of marrying comedienne Gilda Radner, as well as what finally had to happen for him to make a true and lasting commitment to another woman.

A thoughtful, revealing, and winsome book about life, love, and the creative process, Kiss Me Like A Stranger is one actor's life in his own words.

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Editorial Reviews

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"a gracious, endearing book" —The New York Times

"I always knew Gene Wilder was a remarkable person, but I didn't realize how remarkable until I read this brave, riveting book." —Charles Grodin, actor

"...an honest, affecting look at his life. Strong, tender and revealing" —Kirkus

"A wonderful addition to the entertainment memoir Gene pool." —Library Journal

"A witty memoir. It's also a reflective and well-written meditation on the life of someone who has more on his mind than the next big part or belly laugh." —Los Angeles Times

"It's impossible to not feel deep affection for Gene Wilder." —Entertainment Weekly

"Come for inside dish on his funniest movies, stay for touching stories about Mel Brooks, Gilda Radner and others. A classy memoir." — Newsweek

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429909952
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 137,951
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Gene Wilder


Gene Wilder has been acting since he was thirteen. 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. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Karen.
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  • Posted March 3, 2013

    Interesting Read- I recommend this book

    After my four-year-old became enamored of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, I decided to learn more about Gene Wilder. I've always enjoyed his work and wondered where he's been lately when I came across Kiss Me Like A Stranger. I had no idea how acting was such a passion for Mr. Wilder from a very early age, nor did I know what a great storyteller he is. This quick read is very intimate and honest and incorporates his personal and professional life and his journey to find true love. When I completed the book, I wished there had been more and that's a quality I don't find I experience with many books. If you are a fan of Gene Wilder, I believe you will enjoy Kiss Me Like A Stranger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    A gift from Gene

    Heartfelt, wonferfully/beautifully/brutally honest, and inspiring. I couldn't read it fast enough but i had to pace myself to make it last as long as i might.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    Fascinating, compelling autobiography

    I didn't know what to expect with Gene's biography, Kiss Me Like a Stranger. As soon as I began reading it, I discovered the chapters were short, easy to absorb and compelling throughout. He kept me interested in his stories because they involved his honesty, charm and humor. It's a fascinating look into his life on stage and in films. The anecdotes are so incredibly funny at times and other stories so heartfelt. My only complaint is that I wanted longer stories and details about his biggest films. I'm the kind of movie buff that wants more about behind-the-scenes on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and his time with Richard Pryor. With that being said, it's absolutely a must read and very enjoyable for anyone who loves Gene Wilder.

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  • Posted May 25, 2011

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    I couldn't put it down.

    An endearing tale, that shows a side of Mr. Wilder that isn't hard to imagine, but is quite unexpected in places. I couldn't put it down. If only I had read this when I was studying acting and Hagen and Stanislavasky were being jammed down my throat by my instructors ... It's not solely about his acting career, but it is a big part of it. A great read that's hard to define why you should read it, but you should.

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

    personal account of a private life

    I didn't know this book existed when I came across it at the store and I purchased it without hesitation - I have been a fan of Wilder since childhood - I loved every page of this book. Not boastful in any way - Wilder reflects upon personal triumphs and disasters, loves and losses. Read it - if you were not a fan before, you will be.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

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    inspiring

    Not your average bio. It was a very sweet book. It had it's funny moments that left a smile on my face. I found it hard to put down at times. I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2008

    raul a young writer

    Gene wilder has always been my favorite actor. I had no intention on reading this book but my father gave it to me and i couldn't put it down it is written so well I recommend this book to any gene wilder fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    really good read!!!

    I am a new Gene Wilder fan and this book just makes me want to know and love him more. He is really interesting intelligent and just grabs your attention all the way throughout the book. I love the pictures too. I have never seen photos of him as a young man before and wow, he was very good looking then and even now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2005

    Gene Wilder: the comic genius

    I have been a wilder fan ever since i can remember and this book just adds to the love. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will even make you say, gene, you S.O.B, how did you do that. if your a wilder fan or even if you want a good story to read, get this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2005

    A VERY PERSONAL REMINISCENCE

    'Be a clown! Be a clown' Comedian Gene Wilder did just that in such hit movies as 'The Producers,' 'Young Frankenstein,' 'Blazing Saddles,' and 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.' We learn from his touchingly candid autobiography, 'Kiss Me Like A Stranger,' that there was not always a great deal of laughter in his private life. As read by the author in the unmistakable Wilder voice, listeners learn of his third marriage to the sometimes volatile, always needy Gilda Radner, his time in psychoanalysis, the joys and pitfalls of working with the incomparable Mel Brooks, and more. His has been an extraordinary life, and he emerges as an extremely likable extraordinary man. The title is a puzzlement not only to listeners but to Mr. Wilder himself as it came from Gilda Radner - he says he has no idea what it means. However, he does know what life experiences mean. Leaving Wisconsin Mr. Wilder enrolled at the Actor's Studio where he met and appeared in a play with Anne Bancroft. But, it was her boyfriend, Mel Brooks, who was to have a marked effect upon his career by giving him that landmark role in 'The Producers.' Together they wrote 'Young Frankenstein' - hollering at each other all the way. In addition to the estimable Mr. Brooks listeners hear about movies made with the likes of Richard Pryor, Woody Allen, and Harrison Ford. And, of course, there is the illness and death of Gilda Radner due to ovarian cancer. Through it all Mr. Wilder learned, lived, wept, and laughed. Treat yourself and listen to the story of this sweet, wise comic genius. - Gail Cooke

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