“Willy Wonka” legend Gene Wilder had a long and bitter feud with his mentor Mel Brooks and tragically died before they could make up.
That’s the sad secret Wilder took to the grave when hed died from complications of Alzheimers’s disease at his Connecticut home on Aug. 29.
“Mel wanted to be a movie star and that got in the way of our once-close working relationship,” Gene confessed to GLOBE years before his death. ” Mel thought it was more important for him to be on camera than for the films to be as funny as they could have been.”
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