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.
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.