The Life And Loves Of Gene Wilder

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Best known as Willy Wonka, Gene Wilder had a prolific career as he infused the zany comedies in which he appeared with a grounded humanity. The darker undertones of his characters were inspired by the myriad trials he endured in his personal life.

Mama’s Boy

Wilder and his mother had a close, but strained relationship as she regularly inflicted emotional pain on her child. In one incident, she demanded to know “what the f*** [he] meant by that” while forcefully shoving a bar of soap into his mouth.