Goodbye and all my love to you Gene Wilder..

I was young when I saw Blazing Saddles for the first time, but I remember being drawn to the young ginger haired Gene Wilder playing Jim the Waco Kid.
I don’t know what is was about him, but he captured my heart.

Then I spent nights in the 80s catching Gene and Richard Pryor movies on television.  Together they were funny, irreverent and wonderful.


Being a kid whose childhood bridged the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s I was very familiar with Saturday Night Live, and being a frizzy haired little girl even more so with Gilda Radner. When they fell in love and I fell in love with them together, I mourned her death for his loss and the rest of the world’s too.

After her passing he continued to act, fell in love again, wrote, painted and lived an amazing life.
gene and karen

He helped create Gilda’s Club, a community organization for people living with cancer, their families and friends. He touched many people’s lives. He was one of those performers I dreamed of meeting someday and now I never will. But I will carry a little part of him with me.

Thank you Gene Wilder for everything you created and for the legacy that carries on after you have gone.

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