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

October 30, 2020
Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art

In this personal book from the star of many beloved and classicfilm comedies — from The Producers to Young Frankenstein, Blazingsaddles to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory — Gene Wilderwrites about a side of his life the public hasn't seen on thescreen. Kiss Me Like a Stranger is not an autobiography inthe usual sense of the word, and it's certainly not anothercelebrity "tell-all." Instead, Wilder has chosen to write aboutresonant moments in his life, events that led him to anunderstanding of the art of acting, and — more important — to anunderstanding of how to give love to and receive love from awoman.Wilder writes compellingly about the creative process on stageand screen, and divulges moments from life on the sets of some ofthe most iconic movies of our time.In this book, he talks about everything from his experiences inpsychoanalysis to why he got into acting and later comedy (hisfirst goal was to be a Shakespearean actor), and how a Midwesternchildhood with a sick mother changed him. Wilder explains why hebecame an actor and writer, and about the funny, wonderful movieshe made with Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Richard Pryor, and HarrisonFord, among many others. He candidly reveals his failures in love,and writes about the overwhelming experience of marrying comedienneGilda Radner, as well as what finally had to happen for him to makea true and lasting commitment to another woman.A thoughtful, revealing, and winsome book about life, love, andthe creative process, the New York Times bestsellerKiss Me Like A Stranger is one actor's life in his ownwords.