Who is Gene Wilder’s daughter? Katharine Wilder Wiki Bio
Katharine Wilder was born in the USA – the exact date of her birth is not known, but she was adopted in 1967. Katharine is an actress and a film producer, best known for being the adopted daughter of Gene Wilder, the late American actor, producer and writer.
Early life and education
Katharine was raised in the US by Gene Wilder and his wife Mary Joan Schutz, Mary is Katharine’s mother, while Gene adopted her the same year he married her mother. She grew up wanting to become an actress, and spent a lot of her free time with her stepfather during the shooting of his movies.
She attended a high school in her hometown, and after matriculation didn’t enroll at college, but became an actress with a little help from Gene who found her her first roles.
Career as an actress
Katharine has only a few roles credited to her name, while some of the most notable were in the “Romeo & Juliet” drama romance film shot in 2013, and “Murder on the Orient Express” movie shot in 2017 which follows Hercule Poirot as he tries to solve the murder which happened on the train he was travelling on. She also appeared in the “Branagh Theatre Live: The Entertainer” in 2016 which was directed by Benjamin Caron and stars Kenneth Branagh, Phil Dunster, and Yasmin Harrison.
In 2018, she appeared in the “All is True” biography drama film which stars Kenneth Branagh and Judi Dench, and follows the life of renowned playwright William Shakespeare, and in the same year appeared in several episodes of the “Frontier” adventure drama TV series, which follows Declan Harp as he tries to breach the monopoly the Hudson’s Bay Company had on the fur trade in Canada.
Love life and marriage
Katharine has not talked about any of her past relationships, but she could have been seen attending public events with several actors whom she appears to have dated over the years. Katharine currently appears to be single and unmarried, but there are rumors that she might have married someone back in the 2000’s, as reported by some gossip newspapers and websites.
Because of the fact that she hasn’t talked about men at all, it is also believed that the actress might be lesbian – she hasn’t commented on her sexual orientation nor on her marital status.
Hobbies and other interests
Katharine is a huge fan of the film industry, with some of her favorite actors and actresses being Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Depp, and Anne Hathaway while some of her favorite movies are those created by Marvel, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, and “Les Miserables”. She is very keen on reading books and has read numerous throughout the years while her favorite is “Les Miserables” written by Victor Hugo – she stated in an interview that she was not disappointed by the eponymous movie based on the book, which is often not the case with book-based movies.
She was very active while at high school, and played soccer and volleyball while simultaneously taking acting and singing lessons. She had a dream of becoming a singer as well, but eventually focused on making her way into the film industry.
Appearance and net worth
Katharine is around 55 years old. She has long brown hair and blue eyes, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, and weighs around 136lbs (62kgs). Her net worth is estimated at over $3 million, most of which she inherited after Gene died on 29 August 2016.
Who is Gene Wilder?
Jerome Silberman, better known as Gene Wilder, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA on 11 June 1933 – his birth sign was Gemini and he held American nationality.
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He was an actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer, and an author, best known for his role as Willy Wonka in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” shot in 1971.
Gene was raised in Milwaukee by his father William J. Silberman who was a manufacturer and salesman of novelty items, and his mother Jeanne Baer who was a housewife. His mother was suffering from rheumatic fever and the doctor told Gene to try to do whatever to make her laugh, and after Gene saw his older sister perform on stage, he asked her teacher if he could teach him acting as well. He began studying acting at the age of 13, but after two years, his mother sent him to a military institute in Hollywood, but due to his Jewish background, Gene was bullied and sexually assaulted there.
He returned home and started acting in plays, such as a production of “Romeo and “Juliet” in which he played Balthasar. He matriculated from Washington High School in 1951, and graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in communication and theatre arts in 1955. He joined the Army on 10 September 1956, and was assigned to the medical corps in Fort Sam Houston. His mother died from ovarian cancer in November 1957; Gene was discharged from the army in the summer of 1958.
He launched his career with roles in plays, while his most significant came in 1963 when he won the lead role in the “Mother Courage and Her Children” production.
In 1969 he moved to live in Paris, France, and starred in the “Start the Revolution Without Me” comedy film set during the French Revolution. In 1972, Woody Allen invited Gene to appear in his “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)” sex comedy film which became a hit, and helped Gene gain recognition. He directed his first movie – “Young Frankestein” – in 1974, which turned out to be a major success, while his second film “The World’s Greatest Lover” released in 1977 was a critical failure. He appeared in numerous movies during the next 30 years, some of which are “Funny About Love” released in 1990, “Alice in Wonderland” released in 1999, and “Murder in a Small Town” released in 1999 as well.
Gene married several times. His first wife was Mary Mercier whom he married on 22 July 1960 and divorced in 1965. He married Katharine’s mother Mary Joan Shutz on 27 October 1967, but divorced her in 1974. He married Gilda Radner, an actress, on 14 September 1984 and she died on 20 May 1989 from ovarian cancer complications. He married Karen Webb, a clinical supervisor, on 9 September 1991, and they were together until his death.
Gene died on 29 August 2016 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.