I Loved Her in the Movies - 11/10
Best-selling author and well-known actor Robert Wagner has enjoyed a career that has spanned more than 60 years and encompassed the Golden Age of movies and television. His new book, I Loved Her in the Movies: Memories of Hollywood's Legendary Actresses, sees him reflect on the many women from that era who beguiled him on the screen - and often in his private life as well.
In the book, Wagner analyzes the charisma and appeal of female icons including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Gloria Swanson, Raquel Welch, Glenn Close and many more. He also writes about the two actresses he married, Natalie Wood and Jill St. John.
Wagner sits down with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz to discuss his book and four movies he admires. His choices begin with the Italian film Cinema Paradiso (1988), Giuseppe Tornatore's Oscar®-winning valentine to the movies starring Philippe Noiret and Jacques Perrin. David Miller's Western drama Lonely Are the Brave (1962) stars Kirk Douglas as a ranch hand in a desperate flight from the law.
Sydney Pollack's This Property Is Condemned (1966), inspired by a Tennessee Williams' play, casts Natalie Wood as a Mississippi party girl who is unrealistically idolized by her younger sister (Mary Badham). Zoltan Korda's The Four Feathers (1939) is based on the A.E.W. Mason's 1902 novel about intrigue among British soldiers deployed against Egyptian rebels in the time of Queen Victoria. By Roger Fristoe