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THERE'S a curiously dated feeling to Gene Wilder's ''Woman in Red,'' or at least a sense of dislocation: after all, lighthearted American comedies about men desperate to cheat on their wives have been more or less out of vogue since ''The Seven Year Itch.''
Mr. Wilder's film is a remake of the 1977 French comedy ''Pardon Mon Affaire,'' which explains some of its Gallic casualness; its hero is meant to be charmingly guilt-free, and his wife sympathetic but dim. Fortunately, most of the film is more appealing than its premise.
''The Woman in Red,'' which opens today at the Beekman and other theaters, is about Teddy Pierce, whom Mr. Wilder has described as ''just an ordinary, essentially decent guy who gets in over his head.'' He has a nice but unremarkable wife named Didi (Judith Ivey), a close-knit group of male buddies and a wild crush on a beautiful model named Charlotte (Kelly Le Brock). The movie concentrates on Teddy's efforts to evade his wife and a smitten but bad-tempered co-worker (Gilda Radner) and to chase Charlotte. But it is at its gentle, knowing best in scenes about men.
Joseph Bologna, Charles Grodin and Michael Huddleston play Teddy's longtime cronies, aiding him in his adultery scheme while also engaging in monkey business of their own. One of them (Mr. Huddleston) is fooling around with a surgeon's wife, whom he will visit only if her husband is performing major surgery; another (Mr. Bologna) calls his wife ''my Saint Theresa'' until she finds out about his philandering and strikes back. Mr. Grodin plays Teddy's closest confidant, who turns out to have a bigger secret than the movie can comfortably handle. But the revelation is followed by a lovely, low-key scene of rapprochement between him and Mr. Wilder.
Miss Ivey and Miss Radner both play straight women to Mr. Wilder's amiable Teddy, and both of them play it somewhat dumb. (Miss Ivey does a fine job and has an easier time of it than does Miss Radner, whose character is alarmingly and unflatteringly severe.) Michael Zorek is funny as the worst boyfriend anyone's teen- age daughter ever had. Mr. Wilder, who has improved greatly as a director, has also written the screenplay, and done it with an eye to everyone's sympathetic foibles. But Teddy remains the principal focus. Although he operates in a near-perfect moral vacuum, he manages to do so with at least a superficial appeal.
Whether Teddy is taking up horseback riding to impress Charlotte or turning instant hipster with a silly new suit and hairdo, Mr. Wilder manages to make him reasonably likable. He's even more so when he comes close to getting caught, and the film contains several scenes in which his ingenuity is put to the test. In one of these, Teddy quickly rethinks his plan to get away for the evening after Didi finds a loaded gun and accidentally shoots a hole in his underwear. In another, Teddy finally makes a date with the sultry Charlotte and arrives with her at a surprise party - given for his birthday, and attended by his entire family.
''The Woman in Red'' is rated PG- 13 (Special Parental Guidance for Children Under 13). It contains some brief nudity and a number of sexual references.
Continue reading the main storyMarital Madness THE WOMAN IN RED, directed and written by Gene Wilder; director of photography Fred Schuler; edited by Christopher Greenburg; music by John Morris; produced by Victor Drai; released by Orion Pictures Corporation. At Loews Paramount, 61st Street and Broadway and the Beekman, 65th Street and Second Avenue. Running time: 87 minutes. This film is rated PG-13. Theodore PierceGene Wilder BuddyCharles Grodin JoeJoseph Bologna Ms. MilnerGilda Radner DidiJudith Ivey MichaelMichael Huddleston CharlotteKelly Le Brock
The Woman in Red is a 1984 American romantic comedy film directed by and starring Gene Wilder. Wilder also wrote the script, adapting it from the Yves Robert film Pardon Mon Affaire (Un éléphant ça trompe énormément). It co-stars Charles Grodin, Gilda Radner, Joseph Bologna, Judith Ivey and Kelly LeBrock. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for "I Just Called to Say I Love You", performed by Stevie Wonder.Contents1 Plot2 Cast3 Background4 Accolades5 Response6 Soundtrack7 References8 External linksPlotSan Francisco ad man Teddy Pierce is amused by, then obsessed with, a beautiful woman whose red dress goes whooshing over her head from a gust of wind, blowing her skirt and showing her red satin string bikini panties while she crosses a grate. Teddy is happily married to Didi, but he cannot get this woman out of his mind. Encouraged by his friends Buddy, Joe, and Michael, he tries to ask her for a date but mistakenly phones Ms. Milner, a plain ad-agency employee who is flattered by his interest.
Teddy ultimately does become acquainted with the woman in red, a model named Charlotte, going horseback riding with her and even inviting her to a relative's party. He radically alters his wardrobe and begins using elaborate ruses to see Charlotte socially. Meanwhile, he incurs the wrath of Ms. Milner, whom he stands up.
Events come to a head in Charlotte's high-rise apartment, where she invites Teddy into her satin bed. He is thrilled until her airline pilot husband suddenly comes home. Trying to escape, Teddy ends up on a ledge, where passersby below believe he is about to commit suicide, all captured on live television. He jumps out the window and waits to be caught by the firemen. While falling, Teddy starts to become interested in a newswoman who smiles at him.
CastGene Wilder as Theodore PierceKelly LeBrock as CharlotteGilda Radner as Ms. MilnerCharles Grodin as BuddyJoseph Bologna as JoeJudith Ivey as Didi PierceMichael Zorek as ShellyMichael Huddleston as MichaelArthur Bailey as JockoKyra Stempel as Missy PierceRobin Ignico as Becky PierceViola Kates Stimpson as Mama DellBackgroundThe film is a remake of An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive, also known as Pardon Mon Affaire, directed by Yves Robert, and written by Jean-Loup Dabadie and Yves Robert.
The Woman in Red was shot in the fall of 1983.
AccoladesThe film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:
2004: AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs:"I Just Called to Say I Love You" – Nominated[1]ResponseThe film gained publicity for Kelly LeBrock, a real-life model making her screen debut, particularly for the skirt-and-grate scene, a variation of Marilyn Monroe's iconic pose in The Seven Year Itch.
The Woman in Red received mixed to negative reviews from critics, as it holds a 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 17 reviews.
SoundtrackThe soundtrack was composed by Stevie Wonder and features performances by Wonder and also Dionne Warwick. Wonder received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for the song "I Just Called to Say I Love You."Gilda Susan Radner (June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989) was an American comedian, writer, actress, and one of seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). In her routines, Radner specialized in parodies of television stereotypes, such as advice specialists and news anchors. She also portrayed those characters in her highly successful one-woman show on Broadway in 1979.
Radner's SNL work established her as an iconic figure in the history of American comedy. She died from ovarian cancer in 1989. Her autobiography dealt frankly with her life, work, and personal struggles, including those with the illness. Her widower, Gene Wilder, carried out her personal wish that information about her illness would help other cancer victims, founding and inspiring organizations that emphasize early diagnosis, hereditary factors and support for cancer victims.Contents1 Early life2 Career2.1 Saturday Night Live2.2 Work in theater, a record album and her first movie3 Personal life4 Illness4.1 Remission4.2 Illness and death5 Legacy6 Awards and honors7 Filmography7.1 Television7.2 Films8 See also9 References10 External linksEarly lifeRadner was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Jewish parents, Henrietta (née Dworkin), a legal secretary, and Herman Radner, a businessman.[1][2] Through her mother, Radner was a second cousin of business executive Steve Ballmer.[3] She grew up in Detroit with a nanny, Elizabeth Clementine Gillies, whom she called "Dibby" (and on whom she based her famous character Emily Litella),[4] and an older brother named Michael. She attended the exclusive University Liggett School in Detroit (it began its relocation to Grosse Pointe later that[which?] year). Toward the end of her life, Radner wrote in her autobiography, It's Always Something, that during her childhood and young adulthood, she battled numerous eating disorders: "I coped with stress by having every possible eating disorder from the time I was nine years old. I have weighed as much as 160 pounds and as little as 93. When I was a kid, I overate constantly. My weight distressed my mother and she took me to a doctor who put me on Dexedrine diet pills when I was ten years old."[5]
Radner was close to her father, who operated Detroit's Seville Hotel, where many nightclub performers and actors stayed while performing in the city.[6] He took her on trips to New York to see Broadway shows.[7] As Radner wrote in It's Always Something, when she was 12, her father developed a brain tumor, and the symptoms began so suddenly that he told people his eyeglasses were too tight.[8] Within days, he was bedridden and unable to communicate, and remained in that condition until his death two years later.[8]
Radner graduated from Liggett and enrolled at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1964.[citation needed]
CareerIn Ann Arbor, Radner dropped out in her senior year[9] to follow her boyfriend, Canadian sculptor Jeffrey Rubinoff, to Toronto, where she made her professional acting debut in the 1972 production of Godspell with future stars Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Victor Garber, Martin Short, and Paul Shaffer. Afterward, Radner joined The Second City comedy troupe in Toronto.
Radner was a featured player on the National Lampoon Radio Hour, a comedy program syndicated to some 600 U.S. radio stations from 1974 to 1975. Fellow cast members included John Belushi,[10] Chevy Chase,[10] Richard Belzer, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray, and Rhonda Coullet.[citation needed]
Saturday Night LiveRadner gained name recognition as one of the original "Not Ready for Prime Time Players", the freshman group on the first (1975) season of Saturday Night Live. She was the first performer cast for the show,[7] co-wrote much of the material that she performed, and collaborated with Alan Zweibel (of the show's writing staff) on sketches that highlighted her recurring characters.[11] Between 1975 and 1980, she created characters such as obnoxious personal advice expert Roseanne Roseannadanna and "Baba Wawa", a parody of Barbara Walters. After Radner's death, Walters stated in an interview that Radner was the "first person to make fun of news anchors, now it's done all the time."[12]
"Of the three female cast members [SNL], Gilda Radner made the deepest impact. There is hardly a female sketch comic today who does not claim Radner as an inspiration for her comedy career."Yael Kohen,author, We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy[13][14]She also played the character Emily Litella, an elderly, hearing-impaired woman who gave angry and misinformed editorial replies on "Weekend Update".[7] Additionally, Radner parodied celebrities such as Lucille Ball, Patti Smith, and Olga Korbut in SNL sketches. She won an Emmy Award in 1978 for her work on SNL. In Rolling Stone's February 2015 appraisal of all 141 SNL cast members to date, Radner was ranked ninth in importance. "[Radner was] the most beloved of the original cast," they wrote. "In the years between Mary Tyler Moore and Seinfeld's Elaine, Radner was the prototype for the brainy city girl with a bundle of neuroses."[15]
Radner battled bulimia while on the show. She had a relationship with SNL castmate Bill Murray, with whom she worked at the National Lampoon, which ended badly. Few details of their relationship or its end were made public. In It's Always Something, this is the one reference Radner made to Murray in the entire book: "All the guys [in the National Lampoon group of writers and performers] liked to have me around because I would laugh at them till I peed in my pants and tears rolled out of my eyes. We worked together for a couple of years creating The National Lampoon Show, writing The National Lampoon Radio Hour, and even working on stuff for the magazine. Bill Murray joined the show and Richard Belzer ..."[16]
In 1979, incoming NBC President Fred Silverman offered Radner her own primetime variety show, which she turned down.[9] That year, she was a host of the Music for UNICEF Concert at the United Nations General Assembly.[citation needed]
Alan Zweibel, who co-created the Roseanne Roseannadanna character and co-wrote Roseanne's dialogue, recalled that Radner, one of three original SNL cast members who stayed away from cocaine, chastised him for abusing it.[11]
While in character as Roseanne Roseannadanna, Radner gave the commencement address to the graduating class at the Columbia School of Journalism in 1979.[17]
Radner had mixed emotions about the fans and strangers who recognized her in public. She sometimes became "angry when she was approached [by strangers in public], and upset when she wasn't," according to the book by Hill and Weingrad.[18]
Work in theater, a record album and her first movieIn 1979, Radner appeared on Broadway in the successful one-woman show, Gilda Radner - Live From New York.[19] The show featured material that was racier than NBC censors allowed on Saturday Night Live, such as the song "Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals". In 1979, shortly before Radner's final season on Saturday Night Live, her Broadway show was filmed by Mike Nichols under the title Gilda Live, co-starring Paul Shaffer and Don Novello, and the movie was released in theaters nationwide in 1980, with poor results. A soundtrack album was also unsuccessful. During the Broadway production, Radner met her first husband, G. E. Smith, a musician who worked on the show. They were married in a civil ceremony in 1980.[9]
In the fall of 1980, after all original SNL cast members departed from the show, Radner began working with actor Sam Waterston in the Jean Kerr play Lunch Hour. They played two people whose spouses are having an affair, and as a reaction they start their own relationship consisting of trysts on their lunch hour.[20] The show ran for more than seven months in various theaters in the United States, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Newspaper critics, including Tom Shales, praised the play and Radner's performance in it.[21]
Personal lifeRadner was first married to musician G. E. Smith, they divorced in 1982.[22][23] Radner met actor Gene Wilder on the set of the Sidney Poitier film Hanky Panky (released in 1982), when the two worked together making the film. She described their first meeting as "love at first sight".[9] She was unable to control her attraction to Wilder as her marriage to guitarist G. E. Smith deteriorated. Radner went on to make a second film with Wilder, The Woman in Red (released in 1984), and their relationship grew. The two were married on September 18, 1984, in Saint-Tropez.[9] The pair made a third film together, Haunted Honeymoon (released in 1986)[9] and remained married until her death in 1989.
Details of Radner's eating disorder were reported in a book about Saturday Night Live by Doug Hill and Jeff Weingrad,[18] The book by Hill and Weingrad was published and received much media coverage during a period when Radner was consulting various doctors in Los Angeles about her symptoms of illness that turned out to be cancer.
Radner's star on the Hollywood Walk of FameIn 1985, Radner was experiencing severe fatigue and suffered from pain in her upper legs on the set of Haunted Honeymoon in the United Kingdom. She sought medical treatment, and for a period of 10 months, various doctors, most of them in Los Angeles, gave her several diagnoses that all turned out to be wrong because she continued to experience pain.[9]
During those 10 months, she faced hardships such as the publication of Hill and Weingrad's highly publicized book about Saturday Night Live, which provided many details about her eating disorder[18][9] as well as the financial failure of Haunted Honeymoon, which grossed only $8,000,000 in the United States, entering the box office at number 8, then slipping to 14 the following week. As Radner wrote in It's Always Something, "On July 26 [1986], Haunted Honeymoon opened nationwide. It was a bomb. One month of publicity and the movie was only in the theaters for a week – a box-office disaster."[9]
Finally, on October 21, 1986, Radner was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer.[9][24] "She immediately underwent surgery and had a hysterectomy," wrote Jenny Song in a 2009 magazine article published by the American Association for Cancer Research.[24] On October 26, "surgeons removed a grapefruit-size tumor from her abdomen," the article continued. Radner then began chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatment, as she wrote in It's Always Something, and the treatment caused extreme physical and emotional pain.[9]
After her diagnosis, the National Enquirer ran the headline "Gilda Radner In Life-Death Struggle" in its following issue. Without asking for her comment,[9] the editors of the publication asserted that she was dying. Radner wrote in It's Always Something: "They found an old photo of me looking frightened from a 'Saturday Night Live' sketch and blew that up to make the point. What they did probably sold newspapers, but it had a devastating effect on my family and my friends. It forced Gene [Wilder] to compose a press release to respond. He said that I had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, had had surgery, and my prognosis was good. The Enquirer doesn't like good news, so the Gilda Radner story stopped running."[9]
Four months after her ordeal with the National Enquirer, Radner saw her Saturday Night Live castmates one last time at Laraine Newman's 35th birthday party (in March 1987). According to Bill Murray[25] when he heard she was leaving the party, he and Dan Aykroyd carried her around the Los Angeles house where the party was held, repeatedly saying goodbye to everyone. Since all the guests were comedians, they all did comedy bits with her repeatedly.
RemissionAfter Radner was told that she had gone into remission, she wrote It's Always Something (a catchphrase of her character Roseanne Roseannadanna's),[9] which included details of her struggle with the illness. Life did a March 1988 cover story on her illness, titled "Gilda Radner's Answer to Cancer: Healing the Body with Mind and Heart." In 1988, Radner guest-starred on It's Garry Shandling's Show on Fox TV, to critical acclaim. When Shandling asked her why she had not been seen in public for a while, she replied, "Oh, I had cancer. What did you have?" Shandling's reply: "A very bad series of career moves ... which, by the way, there's no treatment for whatsoever." She repeated on-camera Mark Twain's apocryphal saying,[26] "Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." Radner planned to host an episode of Saturday Night Live that year,[citation needed] but a writers' strike caused the delay of the network television season.
Illness and deathIn September 1988, after tests showed no signs of cancer, Radner went on a maintenance chemotherapy treatment to prolong her remission, but three months later, in December, she learned the cancer had returned.[24] She was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on May 17, 1989, to undergo a CT scan. She was given a sedative and went into a coma during the scan.[27] She did not regain consciousness and died three days later, from ovarian cancer on May 20, 1989; Wilder was at her side.[7]
News of her death broke as Steve Martin was rehearsing to act as the guest host for that night's season finale of Saturday Night Live. The show's performers and crew, including Lorne Michaels, Phil Hartman, and Mike Myers (who had, in his own words, "fallen in love" with Radner after playing her son in a BC Hydro commercial on Canadian television and considered her the reason he wanted to be on SNL),[28] had not known how grave her situation was. Martin's planned opening monologue was scrapped; in its place Martin, in tears, introduced a video clip of a 1978 sketch in which he and Radner had parodied Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in a well-known dance routine from The Band Wagon (1953).[29] After the clip, Martin said it reminded him of "how great she was and of how young I looked. Gilda, we miss you."
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center hosts the Gilda Radner Ovarian Detection CenterWilder established the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program[30] at Cedars-Sinai to screen high-risk candidates (such as women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent) and to run basic diagnostic tests. He testified before a Congressional committee that Radner's condition had been misdiagnosed and that if doctors had inquired more deeply into her family background they would have learned that her grandmother, aunt, and cousin all died of ovarian cancer, and therefore they might have attacked the disease earlier.[31]
Radner's death helped raise awareness of early detection of ovarian cancer and the connection to familial epidemiology.[32] The media attention in the two years after Radner's death led to registry of 450 families with familial ovarian cancer at the Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry, a research database registry at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. The registry was later renamed the Gilda Radner Familial Ovarian Cancer Registry (GRFOCR).[33] In 1996, Gene Wilder and Registry founder Steven Piver, one of Radner's medical consultants, published Gilda's Disease: Sharing Personal Experiences and a Medical Perspective on Ovarian Cancer.
In 1991, Gilda's Club, a network of affiliate clubhouses where people living with cancer, their friends, and families, can meet to learn how to live with cancer, was founded by Joanna Bull, Radner's cancer psychotherapist, along with Radner's widower, Gene Wilder (also a cancer survivor) and broadcaster Joel Siegel (who later died after a long battle with cancer). The first club opened in New York City in 1995. The organization took its name from Radner's comment that cancer gave her "membership to an elite club I'd rather not belong to".[34] Radner's story can be read in her book, It's Always Something.[9]
Many Gilda's Clubs have opened across the United States and in Canada. In July 2009, Gilda's Club Worldwide merged with The Wellness Community, another established cancer support organization to create the Cancer Support Community (CSC), which was legally adopted in 2011.[35][36][37] As of 2012, more than 20 local affiliates of Gilda's Club were active. Although some local affiliates of Gilda's Club and The Wellness Community have retained their names, many affiliates have adopted the name Cancer Support Community following the merger.[citation needed]
In 2002, the ABC television network aired a television movie about her life: Gilda Radner: It's Always Something, starring Jami Gertz as Radner.
In 2007, Radner was featured in Making Trouble, a film tribute to female Jewish comedians, produced by the Jewish Women's Archive.[38] Radner makes two comic book appearances. DC Comics Young Love #122 in 1976 and Marvel Team-Up #74 from 1978.
Awards and honorsRadner won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music" for her performance on Saturday Night Live in 1977. She posthumously won a Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Word Or Non-Musical Recording" in 1990.
In 1992, Radner was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame for her achievements in arts and entertainment. Through the generosity of many who participated in the 2002 ABC special, "Gilda Radner's Greatest Moments," (including Lynda Carter, Victor Garber, Eric Idle, David Letterman, Eugene Levy, Peter Mann, Steve Martin, Mike Myers, Paul Shaffer, Lily Tomlin and The Jim Henson Company), funds were raised to get Gilda a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On June 27, 2003, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. "Saturday Night Live" alumna Molly Shannon (and the host of the ABC special) served as Master of Ceremonies at the induction at which Laraine Newman, Gilda's Club founder Joanna Bull and Gilda's brother Michael F. Radner also spoke to dedicate the honor.[39]
Parts of West Houston Street in New York City, Lombard Street in Toronto, Kirk Road in Warminster, Pennsylvania, and Chester Avenue in White Plains, New York, have been renamed "Gilda Radner Way".
FilmographyTelevisionYear Title Role Notes1974 Jack: A Flash Fantasy Jill of Hearts 1974 The Gift of Winter Nicely/Malicious/Narrator Voice Only1974–75 Dr. Zonk and the Zunkins — Voice Only1975–80 Saturday Night Live Various Characters 107 Episodes; Also WriterPrimetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program1978 The Muppet Show Herself 1 Episode1978 Witch's Night Out Witch Voice Only1979 Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda Herself 1985 Reading Rainbow Herself Voice Only; 1 Episode1988 It's Garry Shandling's Show Herself 1 EpisodeFilmsYear Title Role Notes1973 The Last Detail Nichiren Shoshu Member One Spoken Line1978 All You Need Is Cash Mrs. Emily Pules TV film; cameo1979 Mr. Mike's Mondo Video Herself 1980 Animalympics Barbara Warbler/Brenda Springer/CoraleePerrier/Tatiana Tushenko/Doree Turnell/The Contessa TV film; Voice Only1980 Gilda Live Herself/Various Characters Also writer1980 First Family Gloria Link 1982 Hanky Panky Kate Hellman 1982 It Came from Hollywood Herself 1984 The Woman in Red Ms. Millner 1985 Movers & Shakers Livia Machado 1986 Haunted Honeymoon Vickie Pearle 2018 LOVE Gilda Herself (archive footage) Documentary

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