• Katharine Wilder is the adopted daughter of actor Gene Wilder
• Her net worth is estimated to be over $5 million
• She was adopted after his marriage to her biological mother Mary Joan Schutz
• Gene Wilder wrote various books about his life and discussed his estranged daughter
• Katharine is not on any major social media websites and keeps a low profile


Who is Katharine Wilder?

Katharine Wilder was born in the United States of America, and is the adopted daughter and only child of now deceased comic and actor Gene Wilder, who is perhaps best known for playing the title role in the film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’. Katharine was adopted after his marriage to her biological mother Mary Joan Schutz.

The Net Worth of Gene Wilder’s Daughter

How rich is Katharine Wilder? As of early-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $5 million, earned through success in her various endeavors, and also increased significantly thanks to her father who had an estimated net worth of $20 million. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.

Family Affairs

Katharine was born from her mother’s first marriage. While details of that marriage were relatively unknown, the marriage eventually ended and she grew up being cared for by her single mother Mary Joan Schutz. However, later on her mother married actor Gene Wilder who would go on to adopt Katharine and she would also take in his last name. Many speculated that Gene only decided to get married because he wanted to have a child, something that he was unable to achieve throughout his marriages.

However, when Katharine was 23 years old, her father divorced her mother in 1974, after seven years of marriage. According to reports, it was due to the fact that her father had an extramarital affair with actress Madeline Khan who was his co-star in the film “Young Frankenstein”. She severed all contacts with her dad, and refused to appear with him for many years, staying out of the media spotlight and keeping a low profile.

Books About Katharine

Gene Wilder would go on to write numerous books about his life, and in many of those books he often talked about his daughter. In the book entitled “Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art”, he talked freely about his estranged daughter. He admitted that during the peak of his career, he had a lot of trouble sharing the stage with anyone else, as he loved being the center of attention. It proved so problematic that he didn’t even share that space with his daughter. The result was that he could not provide any emotional support for the child.

There were never any reports that the two reconciled, nor were there any reports of Katharine visiting her father in the many years after cutting all ties. Gene admitted that she would probably never read his books, but he remained hopeful that someday things would get better between them. He never really got over his daughter leaving him, and he would frequently state to the media that it was sad that he lost his daughter.

Her Father – Gene Wilder

Before appearing on screen, Gene found popularity in various theatre productions, and his first film role was in the 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde”. His first major role was in the film “The Producers”, which led him to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was well-known for collaborating with writer/director Mel Brooks, and he would also co-write the Academy Award nominated “Young Frankenstein. He directed and starred in several of his own films too – his last contribution to acting was a guest appearance in “Will & Grace” before he turned his attention to writing. He produced a memoir, a collection of stories, and various novels.

Later on in his life, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, an illness which slowly degenerates the brain, causing various problems with memory, language, behavior and the like; he kept his condition private even though it was diagnosed in 2013. Three years later, he passed away in his home from complications of the disease. According to his family, he died while listening to one of his favorite songs entitled “Over the Rainbow”. There were no reports released that Katharine visited him at his wake, but there was considerable speculations that his daughter would try to chase after the wealth he had accrued over his life, but this was never confirmed.

Is Katharine Wilder on Social Media?

Katharine has kept to her promise of keeping a low profile after severing ties with her father. She is not seen on any of the major social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. There are various other people with the name Katharine Wilder on websites such as Facebook, but they are not her as they detail other pictures and other people from various places around the world. Since there are no reports about Wilder’s life now, many speculate on what she is doing with her life, or if she has a family.

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

1 Comment

  1. Jason Warner Reply

    Ok how is this Gene Wilders adopted estranged daughter that was 23 at the time of her estrangement from him in 1974? There is no way in hell the woman in these pictures, or plays Chaulk in Netfilx’s Frontier is 68 years old. C’mon have some common sense.

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