Gene Wilder's Widow Recalls His Touching Last Words

Gene Wilder’s Widow Shares the Heartfelt Final Words of the Beloved Actor

Gene Wilder’s wife fondly remembers the cherished moments they shared towards the end of the actor’s life. In a heartfelt new documentary titled “Remembering Gene Wilder,” Karen Boyer, Wilder’s spouse from 1991 until his passing in 2016 at age 83, opens up about their life together after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Boyer recounts a touching moment just days before Wilder’s death. She noticed him walking across their kitchen, a sight she hadn’t seen in a long while. Wilder then expressed a desire to swim. Watching him dive into the pool, Boyer was filled with awe as she saw a glimpse of the man she loved doing what he enjoyed.

After his brief swim, Wilder emerged from the pool, shook his head to clear his ears of water, and contentedly declared, “That’s good.” He then returned to bed, perhaps fulfilling a final wish to experience the joy of swimming once more.

Boyer also shares the last words Wilder spoke to her, which occurred as they listened to Ella Fitzgerald’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Lying beside him, Wilder sat up, looked at her, and expressed his trust and love. These were his final words, leaving a lasting memory of love and trust.

Gene Wilder’s career spanned many years, making him famous for his roles in iconic films such as “The Producers,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Blazing Saddles,” and “Young Frankenstein.” His talent and charisma on screen left an indelible mark on the film industry.

Wilder’s personal life, particularly his relationship with Karen Boyer, was equally significant. They met while Wilder was preparing for his role in “See No Evil, Hear No Evil.” Boyer, a speech consultant, and Wilder did not date until over a year after their initial meeting. Their relationship blossomed following the death of Wilder’s third wife, Gilda Radner, from ovarian cancer.

Boyer reflects on her marriage to Wilder in the documentary, describing him as an exceptional husband. Their love for each other was a precious gift, cherished and remembered.

In the documentary, Boyer also reveals the early signs of Wilder’s memory issues, notably when he couldn’t recall the title of “Young Frankenstein,” his favorite movie. Despite his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, Wilder never fully accepted his condition. Boyer faced the heartache of watching him drift away, yet she remained supportive, ensuring Wilder felt loved and cared for.

“Remembering Gene Wilder” is currently showing in theaters in New York and is set to screen in Los Angeles and nationwide, offering audiences a glimpse into the life of the beloved actor through the eyes of his devoted wife.