' and she said, 'because I know I'm going to marry you.' I said, 'we're going a little fast here.' She was just so active about everything and the way she felt -- her crying, her laughing, everything.
Then when the film was over and she was going to fly back home she kissed me and then said, 'if you ever want to get in touch with me tell my manager Bernie Brillstein, the ducks are in the pond.' When I got back home I suddenly dropped to my knees and started weeping that she wasn't there.
The legendary actor managed a gracious, on-the-spot-response, despite his utter shock that the club's banner meant to bear his late wife's name for time immemorial would be renamed Cancer Support Community Southwest Wisconsin.
But when Wilder hung up the phone he realized there was much more to say.
So, I called Bernie and told him 'the ducks are in the pond.' He said, 'Ok, I understand' and we were together for a long time after that." After receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment Gilda was told that she was in remission.