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LIFE Gene Wilder, 1933-2016

The Man Who Was Willy Wonka and So Much More

LIFE Gene Wilder, 1933-2016 by The Editors of LIFE
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In a tribute to Gene Wilder, the movies' first Willy Wonka, LIFE presents a lavishly illustrated commemorative edition. This special issue highlights Wilder's indelible, career-defining roles and traces his life from his childhood in Milwaukee through his marriage to and loss of Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner and beyond:

  • Behind the scenes at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, and why Wonka remains such an enduring film for children
  • Inside Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers and Wilder's partnership with director Mel Brooks
  • How Wilder and Richard Pryor created comedic gold on screen
  • Gilda Radner, Wilder's beloved late wife, in her own words
Liberty Street; September 2016
ISBN 9781683306658
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Title: LIFE Gene Wilder, 1933-2016
Author: The Editors of LIFE