From the PEOPLE Archives: Gene Wilder's Tearful Goodbye to Wife Gilda Radner

August 29, 2016 9:30 PM

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From the PEOPLE Archives: Gene Wilder's Tearful Goodbye to Wife Gilda Radner

On May 9 he appeared before a House subcommittee to tell them so. ''At first I didn't think it would make any difference if I testified, but we have to learn from the past,'' he says of his decision to speak publicly about Gilda's illness and the tragic misdiagnosis that led, he contends, to her unnecessarily early death. ''I'm not trying to make up for a wrong that can't be righted,'' he adds. Instead, hoping ''to help save the Gildas out there that still have a chance,'' he is working with doctors to set up hotlines and support groups to provide women with information. He has also helped establish the Gilda Radner Ovarian Detection Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A. to screen high-risk candidates and run basic diagnostic tests. He spoke to correspondent Jane Sims Podesta with the aim that others should learn from Gilda's story.

UNTIL THREE WEEKS BEFORE GILDA died, I believed she would make it. If I made one contribution to this ovarian-cancer nightmare, it was that I was so dumb – or ignorant or innocent that I never believed she would die so soon. Never. Gilda would wake up frightened in the middle of the night and ask me...

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