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|1. Comic film icon Gene Wilder dies at 83
|Comic actor Gene Wilder, a film icon known for starring roles in modern classics such as Young Frankenstein and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died. A nephew said Monday that Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Wilder became a star playing quirky, often neurotic characters in three films directed by Mel Brooks — The Producers, Young Frankenstein, and Western spoofBlazing Saddles. He also teamed up with Richard Pryor in the hit Stir Crazy. Wilder wrote, directed, and starred in several films — includingThe Woman in Red, which co-starred his wife, Gilda Radner. She died of ovarian cancer in 1989.
Source: The New York Times, The Associated Press
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