Robert Wagner has excellent taste in women, and he can’t wait to talk about some of the ladies he’s known when he comes to Book Revue in Huntington Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
The ’50s heartthrob actor will be there to speak about and sign copies of his book “I Loved Her in the Movies” (Viking, $27), written with Scott Eyman. In this loving and nostalgic read, Wagner recounts stories of dozens of actresses he’s known, from icons like Marilyn Monroe and Bette Davis to those he knew intimately, such as Barbara Stanwyck, with whom he became romantically involved while making “Titanic” (1953).
Wagner cites Stanwyck and “Modern Times” leading lady Paulette Goddard as his favorite actresses. “Barbara had such a great variety of work. She could do it all — comedy, drama,” Wagner, 86, said during a phone interview. “And with Paulette, it was the same thing when you think about the things she did with Chaplin and C.B. DeMille.”
He also shares tales of doing a screen test with Monroe, a phone call with Greta Garbo and meeting MGM diva Norma Shearer — in the bedroom of her Hollywood mansion — when he was 7.
“These women gave us all so much, and Scott and I decided to pay a tribute to them, and all they all deserved it,” Wagner said. “They all meant so much to me in my life and it was such a gift to be able to know them.”