Thursday, June 11, 2015

Happy Birthday, Gene Wilder!

Comedian Gene Wilder was born this day in 1933. Although he is associated with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor, he will forever be my Willy Wonka (sorry Johnny Depp, I think you are super but your Willy Wonka was dreadful). Watch him embody the wisdom, sly playfulness, love, gentleness, and even sorrow of Roald Dahl's enigmatic character in this most beautiful, touching clip from 1971's "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." The song is "Pure Imagination" by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

Happy Birthday, Gene! Hold your breath...make a wish...count to three.

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