—Douglass K. Daniel, Associated Press
“Wagner reflects on a lifetime spent living on the silver screen, sharing intimate recollections working alongside and knowing some of our most beloved female stars. . . . Wagner discusses the way Hollywood female stars were marketed by studios and how the images of femininity changed over time, such as how the the 1940s femme fatale star—Joan Crawford, Lauren Bacall, Barbara Stanwyck—gave way to the ‘sweater girls’ of the 1950s, such as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.”
“Wagner writes a valentine to the ‘female movie stars that defined my generation.’ . . . What emerges most strongly is Wagner’s sympathy and respect for the resilient women who had to fight harder than men to survive in Hollywood.”
“Wagner’s knowledge of Hollywood film history is prodigious. . . . The author is succinct and pithy at giving a sense/opinion of who these women were as people and what their strengths were as actresses. . . . Frothy and honest remembrances for gossipy movie fans.”
Praise for You Must Remember This
“An affectionate new memoir . . . like a guided tour of vintage Hollywood.”
“[A] charming tribute to offscreen lives during the period many regard as Hollywood’s finest.”
“Wagner and [Eyman] offer a humorous, poignant, and sometimes juicy view of a vanished era.”
—Los Angeles Times
“In terms of grace and style, you couldn’t ask for a better tour director than actor Robert Wagner.”
—Douglass K. Daniel, The Associated Press
“With great affection and a twinkle in his eye, veteran actor Wagner 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.”
About the Author
Scott Eyman is the author of thirteen books about the movies, including Lion of Hollywood: The Life of Louis B. Mayer (which the Wall Street Journal called one of the five best books ever written about Hollywood), Empire of Dreams: The Epic Life of Cecil B. DeMille, and more recently, the New York Times bestseller John Wayne: The Life and Legend.
From the Hardcover edition.