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Wagner Plays Crime Writer on New TV Movie

August 7, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Robert Wagner found himself encased in a body bag on the first day of filming the cable television movie ``Mystery Woman.″

His character, Jack Stenning, is a best-selling crime writer who commits suicide, setting up a mystery solved by an amateur sleuth played by Kellie Martin.

``I had to use a little hypnotic therapy with that one,″ Wagner said. ``I was kind of worried that maybe the zipper would get stuck.″

Director Walter Klenhard took pity on Wagner.

``He just said, `At the last minute, we’ll zip you up and move you in.′ I was happy when that was over with, believe me,″ Wagner said.

Wagner, 73, has appeared in all three ``Austin Powers″ movies and co-starred with Stefanie Powers in the 1980s detective series ``Hart to Hart.″

``Mystery Woman″ premieres Aug. 31 on the Hallmark Channel.

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