Pieces of My Heart

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Pieces of My Heart

A Life

By Robert J. Wagner; Scott Eyman

It Books, Paperback, 9780061373329, 326pp.

Publication Date: September 15, 2009

Description

Robert J. Wagner opens his heart to share the romances, the drama, and the humor of an incredible life.

When he was a young boy growing up in Bel Air next door to a golf course, Robert Wagner saw Fred Astaire, Clark Gable, Randolph Scott, and Cary Grant playing golf together one morning--and it fueled his dream of becoming a movie star.

In Pieces of My Heart, Wagner offers a candid and deeply personal look at his life and career--his rise to stardom in the studiodominated Hollywood era of the 1950s; his relationship with mentors like Spencer Tracy and David Niven, and with friends like Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis; his decline and his resurrection. And he speaks from the heart of the women he loved: Barbara Stanwyck, a glamorous star twice his age; Marion Marshall, Jill St. John . . . and Natalie Wood. For the very first time he chronicles in great depth their extraordinary romance and bares his pain as he openly recounts its tragic end.

With color photographs and fascinating never-before-told tales and anecdotes, Pieces of My Heart is the heartfelt, remarkably revealing, and quintessentially American story of one of the great sons of Hollywood.



About the Author
Robert J. Wagner has been active in Hollywood for more than five decades and has starred in such films as A Kiss Before Dying, The Longest Day, The Pink Panther, and, most recently, the Austin Powers movies. On television, Wagner also starred in three long-running series, It Takes a Thief (with Fred Astaire), Switch (with Eddie Albert and Sharon Gless), and Hart to Hart (with Stefanie Powers). He is currently featured on Two and a Half Men. Wagner is married to actress Jill St. John and lives in Los Angeles.

Scott Eyman is the books editor for the Palm Beach Post. His other books include The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution, 1926-1930 and Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford, both available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.


Praise For Pieces of My Heart

“Pieces of My Heart is a treasure. . . . Wagner’s portrait of [Natalie] Wood is adoring and poignant. . . . With admirable strength and honest self-awareness, Wagner makes plain that there’s much more to him than his handsome face.”
-Washington Post

“Mesmerizing”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Engaging”
-Publishers Weekly