Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Gene Wilder at 71

"'I had dinner with him in 1987, right after my own book came out,' says actor Charles Grodin, who met Wilder in the 1950s and is a pal to this day. 'And he told me at the time that he wished my book had gone deeper. I was slightly irritated. I said, 'That's as deep as I get.' Now that his book is out, I see what he means.' "

Gene Wilder comes across as a man burnished beautiful and wise in this portrait in the Post. His former wife, Gilda Radner, is also remembered.