Fans Say Goodbye to the Original Willy Wonka, Actor Gene Wilder
Sad news from Hollywood, friends: Gene Wilder, who so many of us know and love as Willy Wonka, has passed away. The star of classic movies like Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles and The Producers as well as Stir Crazy and See No Evil, Hear No Evil, to name just a few, he was also, of course, the quirky, candy-peddling Willy Wonka himself in 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
Gene was not only a memorable part of so many fans’ childhoods, but a Hollywood legend who will never be forgotten. Passing away due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease, the public outpouring of grief was fast and heartfelt.
— becky rigby (@beckyl20) August 29, 2016
— Petra Van Hamme (@Petra_Van_Hamme) August 29, 2016
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) August 29, 2016
There will never be a better Willy Wonka. RIP #GeneWilder
— Anton Le Roy (@weenerboy) August 29, 2016
— FM104 (@FM104) August 29, 2016
— Drunk Superman™ (@DrunkSuperman_) August 29, 2016
— Lucien Désar (@LucienDesar) August 29, 2016
R.I.P. Gene. Thank you for all of the laughs and memories!
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!