Remembering Gene Wilder & Pure Imagination

By on 8-29-2016 in Blog Post, Remembering

Remembering Gene Wilder & Pure Imagination
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This early evening I’m Remembering Gene Wilder & Pure Imagination given the sad news this afternoon.

Gene Wilder passed away today, August 29, 2016 at age 83.   I’m including this wonderful photo of him with his late wife Gilda Radner from 1986. Remembering Gene Wilder & Pure Imagination

There is a nice write up from a few hours ago on NPR Gene Wilder, Star Of ‘Willy Wonka’ And ‘Young Frankenstein,’ Dies.  And over at GeneWilder.net it has pages on his movies, books, biography, and awards.

The Gene Wilder Papers

The University of Iowa Libraries has online a collection of materials The Gene Wilder Papers.  The collection dates from 1961? to 2000.  It was posted to the Internet 2001, with an Addenda 2001-2003.  The Scope and Contents Note shows box IV “Correspondence and Documents” with Gene Wilder – Gilbert Pearlman correspondence.  Note to self – it is important to note that the materials while listed online are only available in the the Special Collections Department.

Remembering Gene Wilder & Pure Imagination

Last May my blog post on Pure Imagination included the following.

Quoting from my May 28, 2015 daily blog post:

“The song “Pure Imagination” is sung by Gene Wilder.  One can go to YouTube if you do not have the DVD and watch Gene sing the song – it is truly captivating and the way I like to envision Gene will be remembered a hundred years from now.” …

“If you have not seen the original movie with Gene Wilder you really should, after you’ll never watch another version (including music videos) without thinking of Gene in his colorful wardrobe singing and dancing as only he does in this movie!”

I’m closing out today’s blog post with this YouTube of Gene Wilder singing Pure Imagination from the movie Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory in 1971.   It truly inspires our imagination!

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Remembering Gene Wilder & Willy Wonka Pure Imagination Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced

Image above upper left Gene Wilder with umpa lumpas  as shown at comicvine.gamespot.con August 29, 2016

Image above autographed publicity of Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner for film Haunted Honeymoon from 1986.  By Studio (RR Auction) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.   File:Gene_Wilder_-_Gilda_Radner.jpg

Wikipedia Gene Wilder – Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016)

NPR Gene Wilder, Star Of ‘Willy Wonka’ And ‘Young Frankenstein,’ Dies August 29, 20164:11 PM ET by Glen Weldon

GeneWilder.net   It includes his movies, books, biography, and awards.

YouTube Gene Wilder – Pure Imagination posted by beralts Published on Dec 29, 2012  Film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” (1971)

AnchoredScraps.com blog post Pure Imagination May 28, 2015 written by Helen Rittersporn