Robert Wagner: Next on TVC

Film and television actor and New York Times bestselling author Robert Wagner will join us, plus Leslie Bertram Crane will take us behind the scenes of the production of variety shows and live television specials. All that and more on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Only a handful of actors have enjoyed a career in film and television that spans seven decades. Not only is Robert Wagner among those select few, he has continued to perform at a high level throughout that time. R.J.’s numerous film credits include With a Song in My Heart, Beneath the Twelve Mile Reef, A Kiss Before Dying, The Longest Day, Broken Lance, The Pink Panther, Midway, Harper, The Towering Inferno, All the Fine Young Cannibals, and, of course, Number Two in the Austin Powers movies. He has also starred in three hit series—Hart to Hart with Stefanie Powers, Switch with Eddie Albert, and It Takes a Thief with Fred Astaire—as well as numerous top-rated miniseries and movies for television and, most recently, the top-rated CBS drama NCIS.

A true son of Hollywood, Robert Wagner has also reached new heights in recent years as a bestselling author, including two books on the Golden Age of Hollywood, You Must Remember This and I Loved Her in the Movies, and his very moving memoir, Pieces of My Heart. Filled with great stories about his life and career as an actor (not to mention the many stars of the silver screen that he either knew or worked with along the way), each of R.J.’s books is informative, yet intimate, providing readers with entrée into a world to which few people have access. Robert Wagner will join us in our second hour.

For our listeners on the East Coast, the Gold Coast International Film Festival will honor Robert Wagner on Wednesday, Oct. 24 as part of a gala event that will benefit the scholarship and outreach programs of the Gold Coast Arts Center and Gold Coast International Film Festival in Long Island, New York. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, New York beginning at 6:30pm. The highlight of the evening will be a conversation with R.J., moderated by a special guest, including the presentation of the festival’s second annual Burton Moss Hollywood Golden Era Award to Robert Wagner in recognition for his many contributions to film and television. A number of well-known celebrities are expected to attend the Wednesday, Oct. 24 event. If you are in the Long Island area that night, or plan to be, the event is open to the public. For reservations and more information, call (516) 829-2570 or visit GoldCoastArts.org.

Serving the Long Island community since 1994, the Gold Coast Arts Center is an independent non-profit organization that promotes the arts and supports the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. The Burton Moss Hollywood Golden Era Award pays tribute to the pioneers of the film and TV industry who created, out of whole cloth, a form of entertainment that is accessible to ordinary people who also having the potential to educate and transform millions of lives. The Eighth Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival runs Nov. 2-13, 2018 in Long Island, New York; for more information, call (516) 829-2570 or visit GoldCoastFilmFestival.org.

This week’s program will also feature a conversation with Leslie Bertram Crane. Leslie worked behind the scenes in network television and syndicated television for about twenty years, both in production and in post production, including such variety shows and specials as Star Search, Solid Gold, Captain and Tennille Songbook, The American Music Awards, and the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, the daytime talk show Hour Magazine, and two Academy Awards broadcasts. She also worked as a “switcher” for top-rated comedy shows as Murphy Brown, Friends, and The Drew Carey Show on the nights when those shows were taped before a live studio audience. We will find out what a switcher does, and more, when Leslie Bertram Crane joins us in our first hour.

Leslie Bertram Crane is also co-author, along with her husband Robert Crane, of Burn the Ice, a book detailing the adventures of two bartenders in Los Angeles. She also co-wrote the articles on Kirk Driscoll and Niki Dantine that appear in Bob’s book Hollywood Plateau.

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