(Review) I Loved Her In The Movies: Memories of Hollywood’s Legendary Actresses by Robert Wagner and Scott Eyman

I Loved Her In The Movies

Publisher and Publication Date: November 2016. Viking.
Genre: Nonfiction. Biographies.
Pages: 251.
Source: Library. Kindle edition.
Rating: Recommend.
Audience: Fans of Hollywood actresses.

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I counted 78 women who were written about in this book (I may have missed some). Robert Wagner remarks on those he knew well. And, he acknowledges those he had romantic relationships with.

 

On one hand, this is a tell-all type book. However, I felt it was written with respect. Wagner had real relationships with most of the women in the book, some may have been acquaintances, but he knew them. He had a chance to observe them. He knew people who had worked with them. He knew their reputations both on and off the set.
He remarked that he did not know Jean Harlow, Mae West, or Kay Francis. But he knew people who had known them.
An interesting comment from Wagner about the commonality of the actresses: they were, “strong women who married weak or inappropriate men.”
The actresses cover the years 1930s through the 1980s.
Some of the women are written about in brief. And, those women he knew more about were written about in several pages.
He is quick to praise women. For example, Janet Leigh was, “a class act all the way.”
Debbie Reynolds was, “a great show business professional.”
Lucille Ball was, “sincerely interested in other people.”
I Loved Her In The Movies is a quick read. It’s a book for entertainment and enjoyment.
The only thing I disliked about the book (Kindle edition) is not the content, but the layout of the ebook. The subtitles do not match the paragraph of actress. It became a little confusing until I began ignoring those pesky subtitles.

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