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Carol Kane says Gene Wilder gave her a second chance

At age 23, Carol Kane was fresh off a Best Actress Oscar nomination with no prospects on the horizon. The phone hadn't rung for a year, she said. Then Gene Wilder called.

"Out of the blue I got a call from Gene saying that he'd like to meet me about 'The World's Greatest Lover,'" Kane said Monday. "(It) was a comedy, which I'd never done before. I have no idea why he thought I could do it, but he was a purist, he was kind of a poet and I met him and he asked me to do this movie with him."

Wilder, who died Sunday at 83, wrote, directed and starred in "The World's Greatest Lover," about a baker (Wilder) and his wife (Kane) who move to Hollywood...