Gilda Radner is one of the great comics/actors of our era. Though she passed away from cancer in 1989, her legacy, especially when opening the doors to future generations of female performers will live on forever.
The new documentary Love, Gilda, tells the story of the Ms. Radner in her own words. Using audio tapes, diaries, handwritten letters, interviews, archival footage and home movies, the documentary is a love letter to a woman who will never be forgotten.
I adored this movie. I’ve been a fan of Gilda since I discovered her in the late 90’s. What I loved about this movie is that the movie told the story of her entire life, not just the years she spent on Saturday Night Live. Like any of us, she had flaws and insecurities, but was still able to live a full life, especially when cancer took over her body.
I recommend it.
Love, Gilda is presently in theaters.
Last night, the world lost Gene Wilder, one of the greats of the comedy world.
Born to an Eastern European Jewish family who found a new home in Milwaukee, Gene Wilder (birth name Jerome Silberman) was known for playing characters that were slightly off base, a little manic and not all there sometimes.
His most famous roles range from the very 1970’s Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971) to his most famous collaborations with Mel Brooks: The Producers (1967) Young Frankenstein (1974).
In recent years, he took a step back from the spotlight, but did return to the small screen for a minor recurring role in Will And Grace in 2002 and 2003.
Off screen, colleagues and friends remembered him for being a gentle, caring human being. Married four times, his third marriage was to the late Gilda Radner, a comedy giant in her own right.
RIP Gene. Thanks for the laughs.
Last night, I wished a happy 90th birthday to Mel Brooks.
What I did not know is that June 28th is also the birthday of another legendary Jewish comic, the late Gilda Radner.
Born in 1946, Gilda Radner is remembered as part of the original cast of Saturday Night Live, then known as the not ready for prime time players. Standing on the shoulders of Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, Gilda paved the way for the careers of Tina Fey, Rosie O’Donnell, Ellen Degeneres, Amy Schumer, Roseanne and other female comedians. While some of her characters were broad and perhaps a little on the annoying side, other characters were sweet and maybe a little naive.
After leaving Saturday Night Live, Gilda acted in several movies, including Haunted Honeymoon(1986), with her husband, Gene Wilder. She left this world in 1989, dying from ovarian cancer. After her death, Gilda’s Club was established as a support system for those fighting cancer.
Happy Birthday Gilda, wherever you are.