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Gene Wilder

Seems like this year has been one long memorial for one person or other. Today it's Gene Wilder. If you had asked me how old he was, I wouldn't have thought 83. Somehow, he has always been timeless for me. I liked him a great deal and always thought of him as a gentle man. I have no idea what he was like as a private citizen. I only knew him from his acting and a hazy recollection of an interview with him several years after Gildna Radner had passed away. He is Willy Wonka to me with his singing "Pure Imagination" and his top hat. His entrance in the movie is one of my favorite things he's done.

The other bit of his that sticks in my head is the Puttin' on the Ritz song and dance from Young Frankestein.

Thank you, Mr. Wilder, for all the laughter you've given me. I wish you peace.


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Sep. 1st, 2016 09:34 am (UTC)
I can't even believe this! I am so gutted!
Sep. 1st, 2016 02:26 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it's because I'm closing in on 50 but it seems like every time I turn around I'm losing another person I admire. This one hit me particularly hard. Dang it, Harrison Ford and Ian McKellen...stay healthy! You too, Patrick Stewart! There just seems to be a whole bunch of people getting to an age where they are so much more vulnerable. On balance though, nice things are happening for some folks, like Danneel pregnant and whatnot so I can't write the whole year off as a loss.
Sep. 1st, 2016 02:30 pm (UTC)
Pat, Ian, Billy Connelly, Derek Jacobi...all people that if they pass I will actually have to call in sick to work! and the day William Shatner goes you can FORGET me coming out of my cave for a week!

Steve gave me HEART failure the other month, got it wrong and said Ian had passed and I nearly fucking collapsed!

Yes, good things are happening, we need to focus on that!

Edited at 2016-09-01 05:32 pm (UTC)
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