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Around a month ago I was browsing Facebook when I noticed a suggested page on my news feed. The page was called RIP Gene Wilder. My first reaction was of shock. I had no idea that he had died. I decided to visit the page, which was filled with photos of Gene, and even featured a Twitter handle @RIPGeneWilder

After scrolling for a few seconds I realised from the irate comments from other Facebook users that Gene was in fact not dead at all, and that the page appeared to have been founded in 2013 after an internet hoax. However, it seemed that even though there was never any proof that Gene had passed, the founder refused to accept this and kept the page open as a sort of weird tribute to the great comic actor.

Despite comments from other users such as ‘Gene Wilder is alive and well. Making an RIP site for the man whilst he still is alive is an insult’, the creator continued to troll with statements such as ‘Still getting a lot of negative feedback from some of you.. May I ask where all this hatred is coming from?? I am probably rolling over in my grave.’ Gene was even location tagged as being in ‘Heaven’.

After hearing the news last night that Gene had actually died via a text from a friend, I thought how strange it was that I had visited that page so recently, and that I had been thinking about digging out my copy of Young Frankenstein a little earlier than usual for my annual Halloween viewing.

I’m not usually one to get upset over the deaths of celebrities, but somehow this seemed different. Gene was a favourite actor of mine, but he also seemed like a person I’d like to get to know. He eschewed fame, he was modest, he spoke articulately in interviews, he wrote beautifully. He was one of the few actors to feature in both a childhood favourite of mine – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – and a much-loved movie I first saw as a teenager, Young Frankenstein, the Mel Brooks spoof they co-wrote in 1974. If you haven’t seen it I suggest you find a copy immediately.

Although remembered for his comedy work with Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor, Gene could do neurotic, eccentric, tender, scary – who can forget his ire when Charlie Bucket drank those fizzy lifting drinks – and everything in between.

So thank you, Mr Wilder, for the laughs, and for the inspiration. RIP Gene. For real this time.

Fans might like to read this letter via Letters of Note he penned regarding Willy Wonka’s attire. I think it says a lot about him.

One of my favourite scenes from Young Frankenstein





Letters of Note

‘Correspondence deserving of a wider audience’

Edited by Shaun Usher, Letters of Note is described by its founder as an ‘online homage to offline correspondence’.

Some of the most popular letters – and my personal favourites – include ‘Pixar don’t finish films’ – a letter written by Pixar director Pete Docter to a young fan, ‘Wilder on Wonka’ – a letter penned by Gene Wilder to director Mel Stuart, and ‘I like words’ – a letter sent to MGM Studios in Hollywood in 1934 by a Madison Avenue copywriter named Robert Pirosh.

NB The Letters of Note book comes out in October of this year.

Messy Nessy Chic

‘Blogging on the off-beat, the unique and the chic’

This blog was founded by Londoner Vanessa (Nessy), who upped sticks and moved to Paris. This means there are a lot of Parisian-based posts, but also plenty of fascinating insights – past and present – from around the globe.

Messy Nessy Chic is a sort of amalgamation of interesting discoveries from the internet, and details such finds as the history behind abandoned buildings, secret hideaways in congested cities, and clandestine Parisian parties. My favourite series of posts includes ’13 Things I found on the Internet Today’, which is published weekly.

Apartment Therapy

‘Saving the world one room at a time!’

Apartment Therapy was founded in 2004 by ‘apartment therapist’ Maxwell Ryan. Its mission statement, ‘Helping people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online’ sums up the site very well, and the readers’ comments play an integral role in further substantiating the articles. As well as Maxwell’s tips, reviews and ideas, the site also features tours of real homes and design projects and has a strong sense of kinship.

Although the site is very New York-centric, contributors hail from Canada, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK, as well as the US, and there are still many relevant topics for a UK reader.

Three Apartment Therapy books have now been published, and there is also space on the site dedicated to food and recipes.