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September 24, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Robert Wagner gets a bit emotional explaining how he came up with the title of the memoir he wrote with Scott Eyman, "Pieces of My Heart." After receiving a rough manuscript of the autobiography, he recalls, he decided to read the chapter about Barbara Stanwyck to his wife, Jill St. John, and a friend. The veteran Stanwyck and Wagner had a secret four-year relationship in the 1950s when he was in his early 20s and she was in her mid-40s. "She was a wonderful woman," Wagner says.
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March 15, 2014 | By Susan King
Robert Wagner is in a reflective mood. "Movies last forever," noted the veteran actor ("Broken Lance," "The Pink Panther," the "Austin Powers" series),  but the Hollywood he once knew has all but disappeared. "I turned around, and it was all gone," Wagner, 84, said recently in Beverly Hills. Known as R.J. to his friends and colleagues, he's dapper, charming, handsome and very much cut from the same cloth as the suave characters he played in the TV series "It Takes a Thief" and "Hart to Hart," in which he and Stefanie Powers played a wealthy crime-solving couple.
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NEWS
May 5, 1988
In regard to your April 24 article on former South Pasadena City Councilman Robert Wagner, headlined "Wagner Fires Parting Blast at S. Pasadena 'Good Ol' Boys": Robert Wagner always told it like it is. Now one of the newly elected council members is a part of the "good ol' boys" system, and the council has unanimously agreed to appoint a good ol' boy as mayor. We'll see how smoothly a city can be run. At least readers will be able to pick up the local paper without seeing the weekly diatribe against Wagner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2013
MALACHI THRONE Character actor was in 'It Takes a Thief' Malachi Throne, 84, a character actor who had a featured role as Robert Wagner's boss Noah Bain on the television spy series "It Takes a Thief" in the late 1960s, died Wednesday of lung cancer at his Brentwood home, said his wife, Marjorie. He also appeared in several incarnations of the "Star Trek" television series, including providing the voice for a character called the Keeper in a pilot episode of the original "Star Trek.
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May 27, 1990 | From United Press International
Actor Robert Wagner and actress Jill St. John were married Saturday at the actor's home, Wagner's publicist said. Wagner, 60, and St. John, 49, were married in a small private ceremony in the garden of the actor's home in Pacific Palisades, publicist Alan Nierob said. Nierob said Wagner, the former husband of the late Natalie Wood, and St.
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February 12, 1991 | From Associated Press
Robert F. Wagner, a U.S. senator's son who was mayor of New York from 1954 to 1965 and later U.S. ambassador to Spain, died today, apparently of natural causes. He was 80. Police and an ambulance crew were called to Wagner's Manhattan home early today, where he was pronounced dead at the scene. Wagner, a lifelong Democrat like his father, had a long political career that included tenure as a state assemblyman, Manhattan borough president and U.S. envoy to the Vatican.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 1986 | RODERICK MANN
"I don't want to be a mogul," said Robert Wagner. "That's not the idea at all." Well, maybe not, but right now his slate of projects is interesting enough to elicit grudging grunts of envy from many a true mogul hunched over his spinach salad. Sitting in the sunlit garden of his Pacific Palisades home, Wagner seemed equally pleased and perturbed by the idea. He enjoys putting together projects under his R.J. Productions banner. He doesn't necessarily want to be in them.
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August 29, 1985 | Associated Press
A Soviet diplomat and actor Robert Wagner were among about 1,000 persons paying final respects Wednesday to Samantha Smith, the schoolgirl who traveled to the Soviet Union for peace. Reading a statement from Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Vladimir Kulagin, first secretary for cultural affairs at the Soviet Embassy in Washington, recalled Samantha's two-week tour of the Soviet Union in July, 1983, describing her as a "brilliant beam of sunshine."
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March 27, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may be hard to believe, but Robert Wagner has been making movies for 50 years. Under contract for 12 years to 20th Century Fox, he appeared in such classics as "Titanic" (the 1953 version), "Broken Lance" and "A Kiss Before Dying." To baby boomers, he'll always be the super-suave con artist Alexander Mundy in the lighthearted 1968-70 ABC adventure series "It Takes a Thief."
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November 21, 1993
Robert F. Wagner Jr., 49, son of former New York Mayor Robert F. Wagner Sr. and a deputy mayor in the Ed Koch Administration. Also the grandson of U.S. Sen. Robert Wagner, the third-generation Democrat served as New York's deputy mayor for policy from 1979 to 1983. He was former chairman of the city's Planning Commission, president of its Health and Hospitals Corp., president of the Board of Education and board member of the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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January 17, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Since reopening the death investigation of Natalie Wood more than 13 months ago, detectives have interviewed more than 100 witnesses and gathered piles of new evidence. But they said the one person they are most interested in talking to has so far refused several requests for interviews: Wood's husband, actor Robert Wagner. Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina said Wagner is the only person on the boat at the time Wood drowned off Catalina Island in 1981 not to speak to detectives assigned to the new inquiry.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2009 | Susan King
There are movie stars and then there are movie stars -- performers who have such a unique and often indescribable quality that their very name connotes the magic of the cinema. Audrey Hepburn was definitely a movie star . "Everybody loves Audrey," says Ian Birnie, director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's film department. "No one ever looked or sounded like Audrey Hepburn -- not even remotely. She stood in complete opposition to the '50s bombshell women -- the Marilyns, the Jane Russells and Janet Leighs."
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September 24, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Robert Wagner gets a bit emotional explaining how he came up with the title of the memoir he wrote with Scott Eyman, "Pieces of My Heart." After receiving a rough manuscript of the autobiography, he recalls, he decided to read the chapter about Barbara Stanwyck to his wife, Jill St. John, and a friend. The veteran Stanwyck and Wagner had a secret four-year relationship in the 1950s when he was in his early 20s and she was in her mid-40s. "She was a wonderful woman," Wagner says.
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April 18, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
"Hustle" is back tonight for a fourth six-episode series of light-hearted larceny -- such a cheery, melodious word, "larceny." Tracing the adventures of a lovable gang of London-based con artists, this AMC/BBC co-production is not a show to look too closely at, built as it is on a scaffolding of improbability and moral disingenuousness. But if you do not ask too much of it, it will not ask too much of you, and so a happy agreement may be reached.
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January 21, 2007 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
IN the 1960s, they were the sauve and debonair private eyes and spies who drew millions to TVs for weekly tongue-in-cheek adventures. Now, Robert Vaughn ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E.") and Robert Wagner ("It Takes a Thief") have reunited for a single episode of AMC's "Hustle," a slick "Ocean's Eleven"-type con series, in which the still-charming actors, both in their 70s, will match wits and tailors to charm a new generation of viewers.
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February 3, 2000 | ANNE BERGMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Most working men heading into their 50th year in the same business would happily accept a gold watch and lose themselves on the golf links or in a Barcalounger. Not Robert Wagner, who instead continues to immerse himself in movie roles this past year ranging from the over-the-top spoof "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" to the surreal drama "Crazy in Alabama." Currently, Wagner is on screen in Ron Shelton's boxing movie, "Play It to the Bone."
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February 3, 2000 | ANNE BERGMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Most working men heading into their 50th year in the same business would happily accept a gold watch and lose themselves on the golf links or in a Barcalounger. Not Robert Wagner, who instead continues to immerse himself in movie roles this past year ranging from the over-the-top spoof "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" to the surreal drama "Crazy in Alabama." Currently, Wagner is on screen in Ron Shelton's boxing movie, "Play It to the Bone."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2007 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
IN the 1960s, they were the sauve and debonair private eyes and spies who drew millions to TVs for weekly tongue-in-cheek adventures. Now, Robert Vaughn ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E.") and Robert Wagner ("It Takes a Thief") have reunited for a single episode of AMC's "Hustle," a slick "Ocean's Eleven"-type con series, in which the still-charming actors, both in their 70s, will match wits and tailors to charm a new generation of viewers.
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April 16, 1999 | GREG HERNANDEZ, Greg Hernandez covers the restaurant industry for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5989 and at greg.hernandez@latimes.com
Oscar-winner Kevin Costner may be entering the Orange County restaurant world as a partner in the Clubhouse, but he and his famous partners, Robert Wagner, Jack Nicklaus and Fred Couples, stress that their venture will not resemble struggling celebrity-driven chains like "Planet Hollywood." "I'm not that interested in celebrity-themed restaurants," Costner said after appearing at a groundbreaking ceremony for the eatery this week along with Couples, Wagner and Clubhouse Chairman Keith Rudman.
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March 27, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It may be hard to believe, but Robert Wagner has been making movies for 50 years. Under contract for 12 years to 20th Century Fox, he appeared in such classics as "Titanic" (the 1953 version), "Broken Lance" and "A Kiss Before Dying." To baby boomers, he'll always be the super-suave con artist Alexander Mundy in the lighthearted 1968-70 ABC adventure series "It Takes a Thief."
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