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When Gene Wilder Talked About Show Business, Mel Brooks And Gilda Radner With Houston PBS’ Ernie Manouse

In 2006, Houston PBS’ Ernie Manouse sat down with Wilder to discuss the difficulties of breaking into show business, the joy of collaborating with Mel Brooks, and his memories of life with his then late wife Gilda Radner.

Gene Wilder, one of the most iconic comedy actors in the USA, died today at the age of 83.

Wilder, who had leading roles in screen hits such as Young Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, The Producers, Silver Streak, and was also a director and script writer, died of complications fro Alzheimer’s disease, according to his family

In 2006, Houston PBS’ Ernie Manouse sat down with  Wilder to discuss the difficulties of breaking into show business, the joy of collaborating with Mel Brooks, and his memories of life with his then late wife Gilda Radner.  

“He was the sweetest man, and so genuine”, says Manouse as he remembers that conversation, which was part of his InnerVIEWS series. Wilder didn’ t like doing interviews, adds Manouse, which made this one even more valuable for him.

 

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