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Mary Joan Schutz is known as the ex-wife of legendary American actor Gene Wilder.

Background and Age

Mary Joan Schutz was born in Illinois. Her parents are Jeanne Baer Silberman and William J. Silberman. She has a sister named Corinne Silberman-Pearlman and a nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman.

Marriage, Husband, and Kids

Mary Joan Schutz is the ex-wife of the late Gene Wilder, an actor, producer, director, author, and screenwriter. Gene Wilder started dating Mary Joan Schutz a couple of months after separating from his first spouse, Mary Mercier. Gene was married to Mary Mercier from 1960 to 1965. Mary's ex-husband, Gene Wilder, started his film career in 1967's Bonnie and Clyde, yet he got more famous when he became a favorite casting choice of writer and director, Mel Brooks. His wacky roles in movies like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein turned him into a remarkable comedy symbol. Playing Willy Wonka established Wilder as a leading man who could stand his ground in any comedic circumstance. As the confounding Wonka, Wilder bit the view directly into a Golden Globe nomination for best actor and got known to an army of youthful filmgoers. In his later years, Wilder turned into a genuine author, writing a diary and a few books. Mary Joan Schutz was the companion of Gene's sister named Corinne. Mary was previously married and also had a little girl named Katharine from the failed marriage. Katharine started to call Gene her father. They were getting the approval of Katharine, and it made Gene feel comfortable marrying Mary Joan Schutz. They got married on October 27, 1967. That same year, Gene lawfully adopted Katharine. After seven years of married life, problems arose in the couple's relationship. They ended up getting separated in 1974. The reason for doubt in their relationship was that Gene was dating his co-star of Young Frankenstein, Madeline Kahn. After the separation, when Gene started getting involved in new relationships, he got alienated from Katharine. Gene passed away on August 29, 2016, at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He had problems with Alzheimer's, which was diagnosed in 2013. Gene had stayed quiet about this finding since he did not want to dishearten his fans.

Career and Net Worth

Mary Joan Schutz did not have a high-profile career, but she guided her daughter, Katharine, in her acting career. She appeared in films like Murder on the Orient Express, Branagh Theater Live: Romeo and Juliet, and Frontier.

Date modified: May 31, 2021
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