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Pieces of My Heart: A Life Paperback – 1 Sep 2009

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Product details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006137332X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061373329
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,828,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Mesmerizing" -- Kirkus Reviews

"Engaging" -- Publishers Weekly

Engaging --Publishers Weekly

Mesmerizing --Kirkus Reviews

"Engaging"--Publishers Weekly

"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

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"

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`Fantastic ... Reads like a Who's Who of Hollywood. What a story he has to tell.' Mirror
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Format: Hardcover
Yes, I agree with the reviewer who complained that RJW does tend to gush a bit about his male buddies, but that's luvvies - sorry, actors - for you. Other than that I found it a compelling and really surprisingly honest read - about his career, his films, and his women. (He has some impressive notches on his bedpost and it's perhaps not quite gentlemanly to mention them... but let's face it, that's usually what we read these books for, isn't it?)

He does come across as a decent chap with some flaws which perhaps he isn't aware of, but he does tell some very good stories and he doesn't pull his punches. I couldn't wait to get back to it and read it in less than 24 hours. So if you're interested in Hollywood from the 1950s to the 1970s - get a copy.
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Very honest biography. The best I have read this year. Well written and heartwarming biography which is probably aimed at women more than men.

In keeping with the title the book tells of Robert's many love affairs and how they affected his life. He tells his life story with amazing honesty and some facts are revealed for the first time.

His tales of spending time with the Hollywood Greats, Frank Sinatra etc.
are amusing and give a real insight into stars real lives.

Some wonderful photos included.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - AN ENTERTAINING LIGHT READ
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I like show business autobiographies, so I enjoyed this one. RJ Wagner comes over as a likeable man, honest and kind and particularly loves all the women in his life, especially Barbara Stanwyck, who had a raw deal from men before him. It was an interesting book, not too much kiss and tell or muck raking but pleasanter for that. I can't think why some people thought this book was boring.

He had two stepsons by his earlier marriage to Marion Marshall, and when he had remarried Natalie Wood, the boys were still around and her referred to him as his sons, not stepsons. The boys then in their twenties, thought enough about him to act as pallbearers of Natalie Wood's coffin, at her burial, so he must have been loved and respected by them.

I was particularly glad to hear his version of the death of Natalie Wood in 1981. At the time the press insinuated that she was drunk and fell off their boat which was moored off Catalina Island, and drowned and he and the others on board were too drunk to know.

In actual fact the most logical explanation was the one he gave. Natalie went to bed and in the main bedroom cabin heard the boat's dinghy banging against the boat side, and supposing it had come loose from its moorings, went out to retie it, presumably because they would never sleep with the noise. She slipped on the ladder was knocked out, fell in the water and unable to swim, was drowned. The coroners report stated that there was very little excess alchohol in her blood at the time.

So a pleasant book to read and a long standing mystery solved as well!
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Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed "Pieces of My Heart" by Robert Wagner. I am a major fan of old Hollywood so it was great to have Robert's insight into the lives and antics of some of its stars. Yes, he does, at times, tend to gush over some of the older stars. They were his heroes, so why shouldn't he. ? He doesn't hold back in his opinions about people. He calls it as he sees it. It may not make for easy reading at times but it is honest.
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I have always though Wagner was a handsome, charming, decent man with what appeared to be a charmed life, with the exception of Natalie's death and that probably does sum him up. I enjoyed this book although it is a little episodic.

Comments have been made that he didn't go into enough detail about Natalie's death, but he discussed the basics - she died in a tragic accident and why should he tell us more than that? Although it is 30 years since she died and he has been married to Jill St John for almost 20, it is obvious that Natalie was the love of his life and she overshadows the whole book.
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This book shocked me slightly, i had always considered RJ to be a lightweight please-all kind of actor, however the passion of the man/actor really comes through in this book, his relationship with his father was surprising too, i thought other than the death of Natalie Wood he had led a very pleasant drifting kind of life, but, nothing of the kind! he had to fight quite a lot to get what he wanted, he comes across in the book as a very endearing person , i have enjoyed it immensely and have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who loves autobiographies/films.
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Format: Hardcover
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I read a lot of biographies but I found this one particularly fascinating. He knew so many famous people and had so many stores to share. Couldn't put it down!
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Robert Wagner's memoir is full of stories about his many movies (The War Lover) and TV shows (Hart To Hart), his lovers and friends, and, of course, his years with Natalie Wood. Wagner seems to be in real life much like the characters he's played - charming, suave, confident, and romantic; that winning personality combined with his ever-youthful and handsome good looks have made him a star for fifty years.

We learn about his decades-long friendships with megastars like David Niven and his love affairs with a bevy of stars, including Barbara Stanwyck, his devotion to wife Natalie and later serenity with current wife Jill St. John. I enjoyed hearing all about old Hollywood and couldn't put the book down. The book contains many movie and personal photos.
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