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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (504 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert J. Wagner Narrator: Robert J. Wagner Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9780061706189
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A moving, candid, and deeply personal look at the triumphs and tragedies, loves and heartbreaks of one of Hollywood's most popular and enduring stars.

Handsome, suave, and sophisticated, Robert J. Wagner has starred in more than one hundred films and television series over the past fifty years. In this deeply personal story, he recalls his rise to stardom. He talks candidly about his relationships with some of the greatest stars of the 20th century, including Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, and, for the first time, he shares the details of his two marriages to Natalie Wood. Wagner also offers a fascinating look at Hollywood during the last half of the 20th century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

  • “Engaging.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Far from being an exposé, Wagner's tender look back is as genteel as the man himself.”

    AudioFile

  • “Mesmerizing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gita | 2/11/2014

    " A very readable and entertaining book that takes us on a journey through Wagner's life as a young up and coming Hollywood heartthrob, eventual heartbreak and loss (including two marriages to Natalie Wood) and redemption through loyal friendships and mentors and a fourth marriage to Jill St. John. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/10/2014

    " I have always liked Robert Wagner's acting and saw him on Jay Leno when he was discussing his new book. I enjoyed reading about his take on "old Hollywood" and the mega stars plus how the studios ran their lives. Very interesting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor Gibbs | 2/6/2014

    " Mr. Wagner's candid autobiography was very absorbing and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/5/2014

    " I hoped to learn more about what REALLY happened the night Natalie Wood died. I didn't and I still think we haven't heard the whole story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kabukigal | 1/29/2014

    " I had heard that this was a very good read and it did not disappoint. Wagner must be one of the most well liked men in the Hollywood of not so long ago, as he knew practically everyone in Hollywood and was fond of most of them. He openly addresses some very dark times in his life, sometimes wears his heart on his sleeve and is reticent about criticizing his fellow thespians, but when he does, you get the feeling they deserve it in spades. I was sorry when the book ended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Anne | 1/27/2014

    " I got this for free. It's pretty close to what you want from a celeb memoir--plenty of juicy stories about other famous people--who's a jerk (Lesley Ann Down), who the author slept with (Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Yvonne De Carlo), etc. He didn't really shed any light on Natalie Wood's death, other than to say he and Christopher Walken were arguing about acting and one's commitment level to it, and much wine had been consumed. I don't think Walken and Wood were having an affair, and I doubt (ok, not completely, I'll admit) that Wood walked in on Walken and Wagner going at it, but...Maybe I'm reading between the lines too much, but I wonder if old RJ here is keeping some things in the closet, if you know what I'm saying. He had lifelong friendships with Fred Astaire and David Niven, both married men, I know, but both a little "effete" shall we say. He rebuffed advances from Noel Coward and Tennessee Williams, and many other men (so he says), he was ridonkulously good looking, and let's face it, Natalie Wood seems like the kind of drama generator that would fall in love with a gay man. She had a posse of gay friends (who also became Wagner's friends, natch), including the guy who wrote The Boys in the Band, for crying out loud! And Joan and Barbara, much older women, and he was devoted to his mother...it's all circumstantial, but it piles up. Eh, who cares? If he's gay, so what? He seems to have led an eventful, mostly magical life. Good for him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/26/2014

    " Really enjoyed this book. So nice to read positive things about famous stars. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole story of Robert Wagners life so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rose Ann | 1/14/2014

    " Very well-written, well-organized & engrossing memoir. Better-written than 99% of the celebrity-movie-star memoirs I have read -- and I have read a lot of them! I was laughing out loud in some parts, blinking back tears in others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/24/2013

    " It was interesting to get a glimpse of a Hollywood kid who grew up into a major celebrity. I thought he did a good job of telling his story while keeping ego out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/11/2013

    " I love Robert Wagner so when I saw this at the library I had to read it. I'm a huge fan of Natalie Wood also was another reason I wanted to read it. So far so good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria | 1/8/2013

    " I had to stop reading at one point, because I was tired of reading about his numerous sexual conquests. He comes off as a B-List actor desperately trying to be A-List. I was really disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Felice | 1/6/2013

    " This is a really good one, especially of you are interested in old hollywood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Althea | 1/2/2013

    " Robert Wagner was one of the last Hollywood stars of the studio era. He gives us an interesting look into some of the old guard of the movies and a pretty straightforward account of his life and marriage to Natalie Wood. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 8/26/2012

    " I recently read a book about Natalie Wood's death which led me to this book. Upon completion of both books I am convinced of two things: 1) Robert Wagner definitely killed Natalie Wood and 2) No one loves Robert Wagner more than Robert Wagner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 9/7/2011

    " He's older than my generation so I hadn't heard of many of the people he was in show business with but was most interested in reading about when his wife, Natalie Wood, died on their boat, very tragic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katt | 6/23/2011

    " Even though Robert is not a fantastic author, I enjoyed reading his memior. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Strauser | 12/13/2010

    " What a player this guy was . . . still can't decide if he killed Natalie Wood or not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 11/14/2009

    " Good bio- like being at a cocktail party with old movie stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 8/9/2009

    " I was lucky enough to have Mr. Wagner sign my book... He is even more handsome and charming in person than you could imagine. This is a wonderful story/history of Hollywood from a real gentleman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 8/2/2009

    " I actually decided to read this book more because of the co-writer Scott Eyman than the subject. (Eyman is simply the best film biographer out there.) I'm glad I did because Wagner has a fascinating story to tell and he's a class act. Well worth the time spent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/7/2009

    " He was a player with the ladies and is a class guy and did the Demi/Ashton thing with Barbara Stanwyck but with discretion. He loved Catalina Island until the death of his soulmate and has never been back there. Liked him just as much if not more after reading this tell all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dorothy | 3/13/2009

    " Entertaining, although some aspects of Robert Wagner's life I didn't need to know. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 3/9/2009

    " Smooth memoir. As expected there are lots of big names & Hollywood mentions, but the sections describing his experiences as husband to Natalie Wood are the most interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/21/2009

    " I have to be honest, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Was there excessve name-dropping? yes... but isn't that the point of a Hollywood memoir? There were parts that were sad and there were parts that were hilarious. Great summer read. "

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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.