University of Iowa, 1955
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Mary Mercier (1960 - 1965)
Mary Joan Schultz (1967 - 1974)
Gilda Radner (1984 - 1989)
Karen Boyer (1991 - Present)
Briefly dated co-star Teri Garr
Gene Wilder was appearing on Broadway in a play called Mother Courage and Her Children and his costar was Anne Bancroft. She introduced him to her boyfriend Mel Brooks who told him about a screenplay he was working on that Gene would be perfect for. In the meantime Gene got his first movie role in Bonnie and Clyde and three years later Mel Brooks cast him in The Producers.
"Then one day I hear "Reach for it, mister." I spun around, and there I was, standing face to face with a six-year-old kid. Well, I just laid down my guns and walked away... Little bastard shot me in the ass! So I limped to the nearest saloon, crawled inside a whiskey bottle, and I've been there ever since."