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Gretchen Rubin

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In Honor of Gene Wilder, a Lesson about Happiness that I Learned from Wilder and Gilda Radner.

August 30th, 2016

Episode 337 of 401 episodes

I was very sad to hear the news that Gene Wilder died. I’ll never forget him as Willie Wonka — limping down the path outside of his chocolate factory, then dropping into a somersault and springing to his feet. In honor of his death, I wanted to re-post something I wrote nine years ago, about Wilder and his wife, comedian Gilda Radner. Here it is, from 2007: One thing I do for The Happiness Project is to read memoirs of catastrophe – people who have gone through cancer, divorce, death, etc. Several months ago I read Gilda Radner’s interesting memoir, It’s Always Something, and yesterday I finished Gene Wilder’s equally interesting memoir, Kiss Me Like a Stranger. The two were married when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and died, so reading the two memoirs gives a window into that experience from both perspectives. One thing that made this story particularly striking to me is that I remember seeing Gilda Radner and Gene Wilder together, many years ago. It was in a drugstore somewhere in New York City, I can’t remember where. I do remember that Gilda Radner was carrying a little dog (named Sparkle, I know now after reading these memoirs). A ... The post In Honor of Gene Wilder, a Lesson about Happiness that I Learned from Wilder and Gilda Radner. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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