But I was also more sheltered and didn’t have that carefree or dangerous adolescent period.’ Does she regret that at all? Her talk to the genteel ladies of Beverly Hills centres around her newly published memoir, One From The Hart, and although two events precipitated the writing of the book – the death of her mother and her own lung cancer – it gave her a chance, she says, ‘to set the record straight about certain things’.
Chief among them was the legacy of William Holden (the star of films such as Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn and The Bridge On The River Kwai) with whom she had a nine-year relationship.
They never had children together, nor did they marry.
Holden proposed three times, though on two of those occasions he had been drinking and Powers didn’t accept his proposals since, as she succinctly puts it, ‘The circumstances weren’t right’.
As the stars of the 1980s TV classic Hart To Hart, Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers were one of the most popular - and glamorous - couples on the small screen.
But 26 years after the show finished, the pair showed that they are still looking good when they got back together for a special Hart To Hart Reunion in Beverly Hills.
It’s also what one would expect from a product of Hollywood’s famed ‘star system’ – where studios put young hopefuls through a comprehensive programme of acting and voice training.
Powers signed up with Columbia Pictures on a five-year contract.
And the end of Hart To Hart did not spell the end of their professional relationship either, as they have since starred together on stage in the play Love Letters, which toured London and the US.However the show was not the first time that Wagner and Powers had worked together.The pair first met on the set of West Side Story in 1961, in which Powers briefly appeared as a dancer.The news of her lover’s death came in a brutal fashion.While driving to the set of Hart To Hart one Monday morning, she heard it on the radio.