You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age [NOOK Book]

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The legendary actor and bestselling author of Pieces of My Heart offers a nostalgic look at Hollywood’s golden age




For millions of movie lovers, no era in the history of Hollywood is more beloved than the period from the 1930s through the 1950s, the golden age of the studio system. Not only did it produce many of the greatest films of ...
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Overview

The legendary actor and bestselling author of Pieces of My Heart offers a nostalgic look at Hollywood’s golden age




For millions of movie lovers, no era in the history of Hollywood is more beloved than the period from the 1930s through the 1950s, the golden age of the studio system. Not only did it produce many of the greatest films of the American cinema, but it was then that Hollywood itself became firmly established as the nation’s ultimate symbol of glamour and style, its stars almost godlike figures whose dazzling lives were chronicled in countless features in magzazines like Photoplay and Modern Screen.



While these features were a standard part of the work of studio publicity departments, they told eager readers little about what life was really like for these celebrities once they stepped out of the public eye. No one is better qualified to tell that story than Robert Wagner, whose own career has spanned more than five decades and whose New York Times bestseller, Pieces of My Heart, was one of the most successful Hollywood memoirs in recent years. You Must Remember This is Wagner’s intimate ode to a bygone time, one of magnificent homes, luxurious hotels, opulent night-clubs and restaurants, and unforgettable parties that were all part of the Hollywood social scene at its peak.



From a dinner party at Clifton Webb’s at which Judy Garland sang Gershwin at the piano to golf games with Fred Astaire, from Jimmy Cagney’s humble farmhouse in Coldwater Canyon to the magnificent beach mansion built by William Randolph Hearst for Marion Davies, from famous restaurants like the Brown Derby and Romanoff’s to nightspots like the Trocadero and the Mocambo, Wagner shares his affectionate memories and anec¬dotes about the places and personalities that have all become part of Hollywood legend.



As poignant as it is revealing, You Must Remember This is Wagner’s account of Hollywood as he saw it, far from the lights and cameras and gossip columns—and a tender farewell to the people of a mythical place long since transformed, and to a golden age long since passed.


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Robert Wagner has written a book about Hollywood that is not a conventional autobiography. (He's already penned and published that: 2008's Pieces of My Heart: My Life.) You Must Remember This is an octogenarian's affectionate look back at Tinseltown in its Golden Age. Instead of scandal, this veteran actor delivers fascinating stories about friends including Mary Pickford, Barbara Stanwyck, Jimmy Stewart, and Harold Lloyd, but he also evokes the glamour, excitement, and style of posh restaurants, hotels, and nightspots of that time and place. Well-turned stories about days of glory now gone.

Publishers Weekly
12/09/2013
With great affection and a twinkle in his eye, veteran actor Wagner (A Kiss Before Dying; Hart to Hart) 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. Although Wagner regales readers with tales of many of his Hollywood friends—from Mary Pickford and Harold Lloyd to Andy Williams and Jimmy Stewart—he never stoops to kiss-and-tell gossip about the stars nor does he wax nostalgic about a past for which he desperately longs. An expert storyteller, Wagner entertains with tale of restaurants like the Brown Derby—where the Cobb Salad was invented—the Trocadero, and the Mocambo, where elegance, entertainment, and great food filled a triple bill every night; in their day, restaurateurs such as Mike Romanoff and Dave Chasen were stars as big as Frank Sinatra and Bette Davis. Wagner fondly recalls growing up in a Hollywood where there was still land and space enough for him to have a horse named Sonny, and he looks back warmly on the various hotels and houses that sprang up in Hollywood and Beverly Hills as the area became a magnet for the movies. As he takes us on a trip down memory lane, showing us how deeply Hollywood has changed, he concludes that “nothing lasts forever, except the movies.”Eyman also worked with Wagner on the actor’s autobiography, Pieces of My Heart, published in 2008. Agent: Mort Janklow, Janklow & Nesbit. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698151475
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 8,243
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author

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. He is married to actress Jill St. John and lives in Aspen, Colorado.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Natalie Wood

    Does he write about her death?

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    Excellent walk through the beginning of Hollywood to the present

    Excellent walk through the beginning of Hollywood to the present. Robert Wagner and Scott Eyman have eloquently and warmly put together a fascinating look at what used to be. The old Hollywood and its star system has long been gone. However, I'm old enough to remember reading all the movie star magazines and the glamour they portrayed. I'm like Robert Wagner in the fact that I, too, don't think they make movies like they used to. I guess that's why I'm such a sucker for movies from the 30's, 40's and 50's. I was equally impressed by the fact that Robert Wagner didn't have a negative thing to say about any of the stars, producers, restaurant owners or others whose path he crossed. It was refreshing to read something without hate or anger being used to describe a person or situation. I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to know what the "good old days" were like in the movies. I've been a fan of Robert Wagner for many years and thoroughly enjoy watching him on NCIS. The man's still got it!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    For those who love at least the idea of the golden era of Hollywood, when movie stars - and for that matter, people in general - had style and good manners, this delightful book is a must. Robert Wager reminisces with humor and nostalgia (but not pathos) for a lost world of civility, elegance, wit and, well - class. His writing is breezy and warm, and his recollections of great houses, restaurants and characters are crystal clear and vivid. I will enjoy reading it again eventually. My only suggestion for improving it would have been stronger visuals, including some color pages of remarkable photographs.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Recommended

    Interesting book about the old Hollywood and the Golden Stars and the movies made then that are so superior to current movies that lack "class" and intelligence. Robert Wagner did a good job, but I wish the book would have contained even more information about the stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2014

    Well written

    If you do not know "Old Hollywood" then you might not enjoy it as much. Have not completed the book yet but so far it has been quite enjoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Excellent book for anyone looking for an inside look at the ear

    Excellent book for anyone looking for an inside look at the early days of Hollywood from someone who lived it. There are lots of fascinating details about street cars, bridle paths, hotels, restaurants and fabulous mansions and the people who frequented them. When I finished the last chapter, I found I wanted more. I would like to have read about RJ's reflections on the his TV times. Maybe that will be his next book. I sincerely hope so.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2014

    An easy and entertaining read. Don't expect inside juicy gossip

    An easy and entertaining read. Don't expect inside juicy gossip or revelations--there is a small amount of this but it is not holy cow stuff. Sometimes the details on restaurants, hotels, parties, clothing and such get a little too much--as do the many names dropped. Some comments made in passing scream out for further detail and there are sometimes vague comments based on events that you must already know about, as well as some insightful but perhaps incomplete observations. But the negatives aside I found this an enjoyable and fun book. Think of it as a collection of well-written quick thoughts and remembrances of Hollywood in the recent and older past---perhaps as might be contained in an informal personal journal with added historical factoids. Some items are revealing and worth talking about to others. Others are informative and interesting. Some are just plain fun as observations of a "different" world. If you don't expect some uber analysis of Hollywood life or behind the scenes blockbuster stuff you have a better chance of enjoying this generally fast-paced easy-to-take book for what it is--a light-hearted summary of movie life as observed by Wagner. And some of the included photos are great--or if you are picky then at least quite good..

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    If you are a fan of R.J.W., you will enjoy it

    I am a huge fan of Robert J. Wagner. Now he is an accomplished author as well as an actor. It was a good read. Did not get to read his first book. The first chapter in this book really caught the reader's attention.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Excellent Review of how Hollywood was by an Insider who was ther

    Excellent Review of how Hollywood was by an Insider who was there in the glory years. Intelligent and factual.

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