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Gene Wilder's relationship with Gilda Radner ended when Gilda Radner died on May 20, 1989. They had been married for 4.7 years. Gene Wilder is currently available.

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Gene Wilder

Entertainment - Actor

Why Famous: Willy Wonka on Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Age: 85 (b. 6/11/1933)

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Gilda Radner

Entertainment - Actress

Why Famous: five years as part of the original cast of the NBC comedy series Saturday Night Live

Age: 42 (6/28/1946 - 5/20/1989)


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Event Start Date Length
Dating 8/13/1981 --
Engaged n/a --
Married 9/18/1984 4.7 years
Deceased 5/20/1989 --
 Total7.8 years

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Where and/or how did Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner meet?

Gene met Gilda on August 13, 1981 while filming Sidney Poitier's "Hanky Panky".

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Gene and Gilda were looking to have children, but she kept suffering miscarriages and doctors could not tell her exactly what the problem was until in January 1986 they found out she had ovarian cancer, eventually dying from the disease on May 20, 1989.

Since the death of Gilda, Gene has remained active in promoting cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the "Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center" in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda's Club, a support group to raise awareness of cancer that began in New York City and now has branched throughout the country. In 1998 he collaborated on the book "Gilda's Disease", written by oncologist Steven Piver, for which he shared personal experiences of Radner's struggle with ovarian cancer.

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