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Know Mary Joan Schutz - Gene Wilder's Ex-Wife & Actress Katharine Wilder's Mom

Published Tue Mar 31 2020 By Aashika
Know Mary Joan Schutz - Gene Wilder's Ex-Wife & Actress Katharine Wilder's Mom

Mary Joan Schutz is the ex-wife of late Gene Wilder; She was born on 12 January 1930, in Lowa, United States. 

Her name Mary is a Hebrew name which means "Wished for a child". Let's look at some interesting facts about Mary Joan Schutz.

Relationship with Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder started dating Mary Joan Schutz a few months after he divorced his first wife, Mary Mercier. Back then, Mary Schutz was married to her previous partner and had a daughter Katharine Wilder with him as well. 

She at first knew Gene as her friend's brother. Despite various social obligations, actor Gene was able to steal her from her previous husband and finally, Mary Joan Schutz and Gene got married on 21 October 1967.

In the same year, Gene also legally adopted Katharine, Mary's daughter from her previous relationship, but after seven years of married life, they decided to get divorced in 1974. The reason behind their divorce was Gene's extra affair with one of his co-star Madeline Kahn. After the divorce, Mary's daughter Katharine stayed away from Gene, though Gene considered her his own daughter, the grudge was never hashed.

Mary Joan Schutz and ex-husband Gene Wilder.

Daughter Katharine Wilder

Katharine Wilder was born to Mary and her previous partner. Later she was adopted by Gene. Her birth date, place, and her biological father are still unrevealed. 

Katherine is also an actress and has appeared in Murder on the Orient The Express, Branagh Theater Live: Romeo and Juliet, and Frontier.

Mary's daughter Katharine Wilder with Gene Wilder. 

Her ex-husband's Net Worth 

Ex-Husband, Gene Wilder who famously did the iconic Willy Wonka's role in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, had an estimated net worth of $20 million, before his death. 

He was a highly paid and valued actor, director, producer, and author. He died at the age of 83 on August 26, 2016, in Stamford, Connecticut due to the complications caused by Alzheimer's disease.

Likewise, Mary Joan Schutz herself has an estimated net worth of $200,000 earned as a businesswoman. 

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