I Loved Her In The Movies

I Loved Her In The Movies : Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses

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Film and television actor and New York Times bestselling author Robert Wagner's memoir of the great women movie stars he has known.

In a career that has spanned more than sixty years Robert Wagner has witnessed the twilight of the Golden Age of Hollywood and the rise of television, becoming a beloved star in both media. During that time he became acquainted, both professionally and socially, with the remarkable women who were the greatest screen personalities of their day. I Loved Her in the Movies is his intimate and revealing account of the charisma of these women on film, why they became stars, and how their specific emotional and dramatic chemistries affected the choices they made as actresses as well as the choices they made as women. Among Wagner's subjects are Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer, Loretta Young, Joan Blondell, Irene Dunne, Rosalind Russell, Dorothy Lamour, Debra Paget, Jean Peters, Linda Darnell, Betty Hutton, Raquel Welch, Glenn Close, and the two actresses whom he ultimately married, Natalie Wood and Jill St. John. In addition to offering perceptive commentary on these women, Wagner also examines topics such as the strange alchemy of the camera--how it can transform the attractive into the stunning, and vice versa--and how the introduction of color brought a new erotic charge to movies, one that enabled these actresses to become aggressively sexual beings in a way that that black and white films had only hinted at. Like Wagner's two previous bestsellers, I Loved Her in the Movies is a privileged look behind the scenes at some of the most well-known women in show business as well as an insightful look at the sexual and romantic attraction that created their magic.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 27.94mm | 430.91g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Viking Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 35 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0525429115
  • 9780525429111
  • 467,441

About Robert J. Wagner

Robert Wagner is the star of such films as A Kiss Before Dying, The Longest Day, The Pink Panther, and most recently, the Austin Powers franchise. On television, he starred in It Takes a Thief (with Fred Astaire), Switch (with Eddie Albert and Sharon Gless), and Hart to Hart (with Stefanie Powers). He has recently appeared on Two and a Half Men and NCIS. The author of the New York Times bestsellers Pieces of My Heart and You Must Remember This, Wagner is married to actress Jill St. John. Scott Eyman is the author of thirteen books about the movies, including Lion of Hollywood: The Life of Louis B. Mayer (which the Wall Street Journal called one of the five best books ever written about Hollywood), Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille, and more recently, the New York Times bestseller John Wayne: The Life and Legend.
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"What might be most surprising in the pages of I Loved Her in the Movies is the streak of feminism that runs through his reflections on stardom, the nature of talent and the demands of a Hollywood career. Actors had it tough in the studio system, but actresses endured even more in a business that, Wagner notes, was run by and for men who expected women to be submissive."
--Douglass K. Daniel, Associated Press
"Wagner reflects on a lifetime spent living on the silver screen, sharing intimate recollections working alongside and knowing some of our most beloved female stars. . . . Wagner discusses the way Hollywood female stars were marketed by studios and how the images of femininity changed over time, such as how the the 1940s femme fatale star--Joan Crawford, Lauren Bacall, Barbara Stanwyck--gave way to the 'sweater girls' of the 1950s, such as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield."

"Wagner writes a valentine to the 'female movie stars that defined my generation.' . . . What emerges most strongly is Wagner's sympathy and respect for the resilient women who had to fight harder than men to survive in Hollywood."
--Publishers Weekly
"Wagner's knowledge of Hollywood film history is prodigious. . . . The author is succinct and pithy at giving a sense/opinion of who these women were as people and what their strengths were as actresses. . . . Frothy and honest remembrances for gossipy movie fans."
--Kirkus Reviews
Praise for You Must Remember This
"An affectionate new memoir . . . like a guided tour of vintage Hollywood."
"[A] charming tribute to offscreen lives during the period many regard as Hollywood's finest."
--Kirkus Reviews
"Wagner and [Eyman] offer a humorous, poignant, and sometimes juicy view of a vanished era."
--Los Angeles Times
"In terms of grace and style, you couldn't ask for a better tour director than actor Robert Wagner."
--Douglass K. Daniel, The Associated Press
"With great affection and a twinkle in his eye, veteran actor Wagner recalls Hollywood's glory days of the 1940s and early 1950s, when class, manners, friendship, and a code of values ruled the city of stars."
--Publishers Weekly
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