Gene Wilder, the actor who became famous as Willy Wonka and Dr Frederick Frankenstein in the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”, was also a successful actor. But did you know that he had only one child, Katharine Wilder and that she was adopted? You probably didn’t. Stay with us to learn more about Katharine, her life and her career. Katharine Anastasia Schutz was born in the USA. She is an actress and appeared on “Frontier” and Chaulk in 2017. However, her best-known role is that of Gene Wilder’s daughter.
Katharine Wilder Early life, Childhood, Education
Katharine has not revealed her exact date of birth or whereabouts to the media. However, Gene Wider’s comments suggest that it was sometime in the 1950s. Katharine is Mary Joan Schutz’s biological daughter. Her first husband was not named.
However, Katharine began calling Gene her father after her mother had a relationship with Gene Wilder. Gene and Mary married on October 27, 1967, and Katharine was adopted the following year. Gene and Mary’s marriage ended in 1980 and was already on the verge of falling apart. Gene began a relationship with Madeline Khan, his co-star in “Young Frankenstein”.
This strained Gene’s relationship with Mary. In 1980, Katharine stopped speaking to her adoptive dad and the couple never reconciled. Gene wrote an autobiography called “Kiss Me Like a Stranger” in which he talked about Katharine.
He hoped she would forgive him for his actions but was certain she wouldn’t. Katharine is a master at hiding information about her academic background.
Katharine Wilder’s Career
Katharine is keeping her secrets. She has not revealed much about her past. Until 2015, there was no information about her career. Katharine played Mopsa during the Kenneth Branagh Theatre stage production “The Winter’s Tale”. It was later made into a movie. Branagh was also a collaborator in her role in “Rome and Juliet” the following year. She made her screen debut in 2017 as Chaulk in “Frontier”, a TV series about adventure. The series was written by Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie. Landon Liborion, Zoe Boyle, and Jason Momoa are the series’ stars.
Branagh continued their collaboration, this time she starred in “Murder on the Orient Express”, based on the Agatha Christie novel. Kenneth also starred in the film, alongside Penelope Cruz, and Willem Dafoe. Katharine was also featured in “Ready Player One”, a sci-fi adventure film that featured Hannah John-Kamen and Ben Mendelsohn. She has also recently finished work on “All Is True”, where she plays Judith Shakespeare. She will play Annabelle in “Flesh and Blood”. Both films have yet to be released.
Katharine Wilder’s Net Worth
She has not shared any personal information about her past, but she has shared the details of her latest career ventures which have significantly increased her wealth. Gene also left her all of his fortunes, even though they lived apart later in life. This added to her wealth. Have you ever wondered how wealthy Katharine Wilder was as of 2018?
According to reliable sources, Katharine Wilder has a net worth of $5 million. She will also inherit Gene Wilder’s estate, which is valued at $20 million. Her wealth will undoubtedly increase in the future.
Katharine hasn’t spoken out about her past relationships. However, she may have been seen at public events with several actors she seems to have dated in the past. Katharine is currently single and unmarried. However, some gossip websites and newspapers have reported that Katharine might have been married in the 2000s.
It is possible that the actress may be a lesbian because she hasn’t spoken about men at all. She hasn’t even commented on her marital status or her sexual orientation.
Katharine Wilder’s Father, Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder, also known as Jerome Silberman was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA, on 11 June 1933. His birth sign was Gemini. He was an American citizen.
He was an actor and screenwriter, director. Producer, singer, and author. His role as Willy Wonka, in the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”, is his most well-known.
Gene was brought up in Milwaukee by his father William J. Silberman, a novelty item manufacturer and seller, and his mother Jeanne Baer, a housewife. Gene was told by his doctor to laugh at his mother’s rheumatic fever. After seeing his older sister perform on stage Gene asked her teacher if she could teach him acting. At the age 13 he began to study acting. His mother took him to Hollywood’s military institute, but Gene was bullied and sexually assaulted due to his Jewish heritage.