When Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood honeymooned in 1957, they traveled by train to the Atlantic Ocean community of Stuart, Florida, where they planned to go fishing. But as the actor recalls in his 2009 autobiography Pieces of My Heart, it was a bust.
“Stuart was terrible, totally unromantic,” he writes. “We were there only a couple of nights; then we got on a train and went to New York, to the Sherry-Netherland.”
Next week, Wagner will be back in Stuart for “A Conversation with Robert Wagner,” a special December 13-15 retrospective series organized by Lyric Theatre executive director John Loesser. To promote his first public appearance since the Wood drowning investigation was re-opened, the actor chatted via email with the Treasure Coast Palm newspaper.
In the article, Wagner puts a much better spin on his Stuart honeymoon and also rather surprisingly suggests that he has not ruled out taking questions from the audience about his relationship with Wood:
“I could not have a discussion about my life without [including] her,” he said in the email.
Questions will be solicited in writing from audience members before each show and, according to the article, will then be vetted by Wagner’s publicists. A surprise guest is also promised for each of these $50-a-ticket events. In 2009, Wagner sold out the Lyric for a similar presentation, “Booked for Lunch.”