Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 11 June, 1933, Gene Wilder graduated from the
University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1974, he teamed
up with Mel Brooks (who also directed him in "Blazing Saddles") to write
the screenplay for "Young Frankenstein", which earned him his second Oscar
After the loss of his third wife, Gilda Radner, to ovarian cancer, Gene
co-founded Gilda's Club, a support group to raise awareness of the
Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1999 and underwent an adult
stem-cell treatment, thanks to which he made a full recovery in 2000.