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Robert Wagner: It Was The Greatest Time Of My Life

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"Movies last forever," says Robert Wagner,  but the same can't be said about the Hollywood he once knew.  "I turned around, and it was all gone."

"I was so shocked one day when I went by Jimmy Stewart's house and it was knocked down and [a new house] was built right up to the curb," he said. "The thing is, if somebody buys a house, they can do anything that they want," the man known as RJ to his friends, told the L.A. Times.

"It was such a wonderful time," he said. "Those people at Fox were like family to me. I was signed there when I was 18 and I left when I was 30. They really cared for me."

In his new book, "You Must Remember This," Wagner remembers how it was back then .. going to premieres and parties to promote films, often on the arm of an ingénue chosen to be his date for the event.  He would dutifully show up at the house of gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, who could make or break an actor's career, for an interview, carrying flowers and chocolates as gifts.

"You played the game," he said. "You were a property. You were someone they were grooming. You were protected. Motion-picture actors and actresses were thought of as royalty, and to be taken into that fold and to be nurtured by those people was wonderful."

Robert Wagner joins Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Robert Wagner: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is an American actor of stage, screen, and television, best known for starring in the television shows It Takes a Thief (1968–1970), Switch (1975–1978), and Hart to Hart (1979–1984). He also had a recurring role as Teddy Leopold on the TV sitcom Two and a Half Men and has a recurring role as Anthony DiNozzo Sr. on the police procedural NCIS. In movies, Wagner is known for his role as Number Two in the Austin Powers trilogy of films (1997, 1999, 2002).

2) Wagner's autobiography, Pieces of My Heart: A Life, written with author Scott Eyman, was published on September 23, 2008.

3) In 1967, Wagner signed with Universal Studios. In 1968, Lew Wasserman convinced Wagner to make his television series debut in It Takes a Thief. While the success of The Pink Panther and Harper began Wagner's comeback, the successful two-and-a-half seasons of his first TV series completed it. In this series, he acted with Fred Astaire, who played his father. Wagner was a longtime friend of Astaire's, having gone to school with Astaire's eldest son, Peter. Wagner was suggested to play James Bond after On Her Majesty's Secret Service was released.

Robert Wagner will sign copies of his book tonight at Barnes and Noble at The Grove, and tomorrow night at Vroman's bookstore in Pasadena.

Tuesday, March 18
BARNES & NOBLE
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA  90036
7:00 PM    
Talk / Q&A / Signing

Wednesday, March 19 
VROMAN'S BOOKSTORE
695 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA  91101
7:00 PM   
Talk / Q&A / Signing

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