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This is an interesting autobiography. Mr. Wagner narrates his story himself (and sounds more like a 30-year-old than a 78-year-old; his voice has not aged at all), and he does a fine job with it. It's also a generous autobiography, in that Mr. Wagner is more interested in chronicling what went right with his life and praising those who helped him and those whom he loved and loves (Natalie Wood, Jill St. John) than tearing people down.
The only problem is that this is an abridged version, so some parts will leave you puzzled. Out of left field there's a comment about Hjordis, Mrs. David Niven; it's clear that Mr. Wagner doesn't think she was good for David Niven, but why? The answer is doubtless in an abridged part.
Some critics over on Amazon.com have said that Mr. Wagner doesn't say enough about the night of Natalie Wood's death, but the account here is plausible. And please--can't the public let this go? It must have been difficult enough to write about (and narrate) this part without going on for a long time about this painful episode.
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There were few downbeat moments in R.J. Wagner's life story reading. His voice seems as young and vigorous as ever and he has many interesting things to relate about his 60 years of interacting with Hollywood's famous, from caddying for Clark Gable to his television years in Hart to Hart. There is more to his life than his marriages to and loss of Natalie Wood.
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