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Rick’s Actual/Reel Life: Robert Wagner’s Starry-Eyed Memoirs

No tell-all, however Robert Wagner shares some tremendous star recollections.

Wagner turns 92 on Feb. 10, 2022. I not too long ago learn his 2008 memoirs, Items of My Coronary heart, co-written with
Hollywood biographer Scott Eyman. I had blended emotions about studying RJ’s story,
and it had nothing to do with Natalie Wooden’s infamous final night time. I wasn’t
anticipating a lot in that regard, anyway.

did take pleasure in Wagner’s recollections of previous Hollywood, which he embraced as a younger man, but additionally put him out of step with the brand new wave of stars. I admired
Robert’s tribute to the showbiz legends that he thought of mates and mentors.
For an actor, RJ’s practical about his place within the Hollywood constellation. Nonetheless,
I imagine that he was thought of for one more Robert’s function, in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child, about
as a lot as Joan Collins’ declare that she was on stand-by for ailing Liz Taylor
in Cleopatra

had additionally forgotten that RJ was a significant teen idol at Fox again within the ‘50s. And
Robert was certainly a looker who had a easy allure. You bought at hand it to Wagner
to have saved afloat within the ‘60s, when his type went out, very similar to George
Hamilton. I believed RJ’s calling playing cards had been his nice seems to be, distinctive voice,
and aptitude for gentle comedy. These items got here in helpful for a second profession as a
TV star.

Robert Wagner when he was a teen coronary heart throb at twentieth Century Fox.

I didn’t look after on this memoir was the pettiness that creeps into his
tales. It felt at occasions extra like score-settling than honesty. Wagner makes
a degree to indicate what a girls’ man he was, with most of recipients of
these romantic “reveals” conveniently lifeless. RJ additionally makes an enormous level to
point out all of the occasions he’s been hit on by homosexual males in present biz. Why convey all
this up, contemplating that Wagner’s been lengthy rumored to be bisexual? Typically
of us say greater than they notice, even present biz of us!

for what occurred on Natalie’s final night time alive, it’s going to go down in
gossip historical past together with different well-known of us’ mysterious demises. All I’ll
say is that Wagner’s extra forthcoming about Natalie’s private flaws than his
personal—shock! Sure, movie followers will combat about that night time for many years to come back.
The way in which I see it, both Robert Wagner is probably the most misunderstood particular person on
earth or he’s proper up there with O.J. Simpson because the King of Denial. Both
method, someone will write one other e-book, give one other “stunning” interview, or re-open
the case but once more—solely to additional muddy the waters whereas cashing in. The
fact, as Tennessee Williams as soon as wrote, is on the backside of a bottomless properly.

One other Robert Wagner &
Scott Eyman collaboration.

Wagner wrote one other e-book with Scott Eyman, known as I Liked Her within the Motion pictures: Recollections of Hollywood’s Legendary Actresses.
Movie historian Eyman almost certainly did the analysis and writing and Wagner offered
the remembering, although it’s all in RJ’s voice. Nonetheless, it is a enjoyable take a look at
what made sure film divas nice. Wagner focuses on the positives of the
feminine movie legends mentioned, however can also be clear-eyed. No matter RJ’s
contributions had been, his historical past with Hollywood greats is superb. That is
as a result of Wagner grew up well-to-do, round showbiz people. He met Norma Shearer
when he was a baby, as he was faculty friends with Irving Thalberg, Jr.! RJ knew
Gloria Swanson throughout his teenagers, when he dated her daughter. He was a secure
boy the place Greer Garson saved her horses. Wagner was Marilyn Monroe’s companion in
her Fox display screen check. And so forth… his insights into well-known movie of us are
fascinating, in that respect. I most well-liked studying Robert Wagner’s recollections of
different individuals, fairly frankly.

My takes of Robert Wagner on movie:

Joanne Woodward & Robert Wagner in “A Kiss Earlier than Dying.”

Right here’s Robert Wagner as a murderous sociopath in
an Ira Levin adaptation, A Kiss Earlier than


Robert Wagner & Natalie Wooden in “All The High quality Younger Cannibals.”

Right here’s the one time Robert Wagner & Natalie
Wooden teamed up for a function movie, within the camp cleaning soap opera, All The High quality Younger Cannibals:


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