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Natalie Wood

Actress Natalie Wood
Birth name Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko
Born July 20, 1938(1938-07-20)
San Francisco, California
Died November 29, 1981 (aged 43)
Santa Catalina Island, California
Spouse(s) Robert Wagner (1957-1962, 1972-1981)
Richard Gregson (1969-1971)

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Early life and acting career

Wood was born Natalya Nikolaevna Zakharenko in San Francisco, California, to Russian immigrants, Nikolai and Maria Zakharenko. Her parents changed their surname to "Gurdin", and by the age of 4 she was billed as Natasha Gurdin. Her mother tightly managed and controlled the young girl's career and personal life from her start in films at the age of five. She starred in multiple films as a child including both Miracle on 34th Street and The Ghost and Mrs Muir in 1947. Her father is described by Wood's biographers as a passive alcoholic who went along with his wife's demands. Her sister, Lana Wood, is also an actress, notably a Bond girl, and was featured in a Playboy pictorial (she was not, however, a Playmate). “San Francisco” redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Miracle on 34th Street (also titled The Big Heart in the UK) is a 1947 film which tells the story of a gentle old man, working as a Santa Claus at Macys department store in New York City, who contends that he is the real Santa. ... It has been suggested that this section be split into a new article entitled . ... The year 1947 in film involved some significant events. ... King Alcohol and his Prime Minister circa 1820 Alcoholism is the consumption of or preoccupation with alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the alcoholics normal personal, family, social, or work life. ... Svetlana Smedley (born Svetlana Gurdin March 1, 1946), better known as Lana Wood, is an American actress and producer born to Russian emigré parents, Nikolai and Maria Zakharenko. ... A Bond Girl is a character or actress portraying a love interest or sex object of James Bond in a film, novel or video game. ... For other uses, see Playboy (disambiguation). ... A Playmate is a female model featured in Playboy magazine as Playmate of the Month. ...

Natalie Wood with James Dean in the 1955 film, Rebel Without a Cause

At age sixteen, Natalie won the role of Judy in Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause, co-starring James Dean, Sal Mineo, and Dennis Hopper. Most biographers say that she slept with Ray and Hopper in order to advance her career.[1] Wood became one of the relatively few child stars to make the transition to adult stardom. By the time she was 28, she was already a three-time Oscar nominee, for Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass and Love With the Proper Stranger. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For the film, see James Dean (film). ... The year 1955 in film involved some significant events. ... Natalie Wood and James Dean in a screenshot from Rebel Without a Cause. ... Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle) (August 7, 1911–June 16, 1979) was an American film director. ... Natalie Wood and James Dean in a screenshot from Rebel Without a Cause. ... For the film, see James Dean (film). ... Salvatore Sal Mineo, Jr. ... Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Natalie Wood and James Dean in a screenshot from Rebel Without a Cause. ... Splendor in the Grass, an American movie from 1961, tells a story of sexual repression. ... Love with the Proper Stranger is a 1963 film which tells the story of a salesgirl who finds herself pregnant after a brief affair. ...


Another of her widely noted films was the Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise musical West Side Story, in which she played Maria. Wood was initially signed to do her own singing, but in the end, she was dubbed by professional singer Marni Nixon, which is said to have disappointed her. Nonetheless, she enjoyed worldwide celebrity status, comparable to that of Elizabeth Taylor. Natalie also starred with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis for the slapstick comedy, The Great Race in 1965. As a restless on-screen companion of James Dean and an off-screen date of Elvis Presley, she was much admired and envied by the young girls of the day. She once stated about Elvis, "He can sing, but he can’t do much else." Jerome Robbins in Three virgins and a devil. ... Robert Wise (September 10, 1914 – September 14, 2005) was a sound effects editor, film editor, and Academy Award-winning American film producer and director. ... West Side Story is a 1961 film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. ... Marni Nixon (born February 22, 1930) is a singer whose renown for dubbing the singing voices of featured actresses in movies earned her the sobriquet The Ghostess with the Mostess. She was born Margaret McEathron in Altadena, California and began singing at a young age in choruses. ... John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001), better known as Jack Lemmon, was a two-time Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian. ... Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz, June 3, 1925) is an American film actor. ... Cover of the 2004 DVD release of The Great Race The Great Race is a 1965 semi-comical, semi-dramatic film directed by Blake Edwards, written by Blake Edwards and Arthur A. Ross, with music by Henry Mancini and cinematography by Russell Harlan. ... For the film, see James Dean (film). ... “Elvis” redirects here. ...


Relationships

Among the men Wood frequently dated were singer Elvis Presley and actors Raymond Burr, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty, Nick Adams, Tab Hunter, Michael Caine and Scott Marlowe. “Elvis” redirects here. ... Raymond William Stacey Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was an Emmy-nominated actor and vintner, perhaps best known for his roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. ... Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ... Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Nick Adams born Nicholas Aloysius Adamshock (July 10, 1931, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania -- February 7, 1968, Hollywood, California), was an American actor. ... Hunter (left) with actor John Bromfield Arthur Andrew Kelm (born July 11, 1931, in New York City, New York) is an American actor and singer, and goes by the pseudonym Tab Hunter. ... This article is about the English actor. ...

Wood with Tab Hunter

According to Mary F. Pols, the teenaged Wood went on studio-arranged dates, often with closeted gay actors. In 1956, one of these was Tab Hunter, seven years her senior, with whom she developed a genuine friendship. They would attend parties to promote the two films they co-starred in that year, The Burning Hills and The Girl He Left Behind. Wood biographer and Hollywood screenwriter, Gavin Lambert, also confirms that Wood had studio-arranged dates with homosexual or bisexual actors, the first of which was with Nick Adams. Hunter in his autobiography elaborates on how a Hollywood studio's publicization of a sham romance between two actors each under contract to it was a strategy to stimulate public desire for seeing that studio's forthcoming films. The demographic segment he in particular appealed to was the newly influential teenage girl market segment, since he had swiftly established himself as a leading "heartthrob" for that demographic. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Hunter (left) with actor John Bromfield Arthur Andrew Kelm (born July 11, 1931, in New York City, New York) is an American actor and singer, and goes by the pseudonym Tab Hunter. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hunter (left) with actor John Bromfield Arthur Andrew Kelm (born July 11, 1931, in New York City, New York) is an American actor and singer, and goes by the pseudonym Tab Hunter. ... Gavin Lambert Gavin Lambert (born July 23, 1924 - died July 17, 2005) was a British-born screenwriter, novelist and biographer who lived for part of his life in Hollywood. ... Nick Adams born Nicholas Aloysius Adamshock (July 10, 1931, Nanticoke, Pennsylvania -- February 7, 1968, Hollywood, California), was an American actor. ...


According to Lambert and his reviewer David Ehrenstein, Wood financially supported homosexual playwright Mart Crowley in a manner that made it possible for him to write his play, The Boys in the Band. MartCrowley Mart Crowley (born on August 21, 1945 in Vicksburg, Mississippi) is an American playwright. ... The Boys in the Band is the title of a play by Mart Crowley which delt with the lives of contemporary homosexuals. ...


Concerning a possible relationship between Wood and allegedly homosexual actor Raymond Burr, 21 years her senior, Wood's biographer, Suzanne Finstad, cites Dennis Hopper as saying, "I just can't wrap my mind around that one. But you know, I saw them together. They were definitely a couple. Who knows what was going on there." Raymond William Stacey Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was an Emmy-nominated actor and vintner, perhaps best known for his roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. ... Suzanne Finstad is an American author and biographer. ... Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and film-maker. ...


Gavin Lambert wrote that, contrary to popular belief, Wood's casting in Rebel Without a Cause did not lead to a romance with co-star James Dean: "Like many people, she was fascinated by his charm. He had this magnetic quality on the screen and in life... They got on very well, they liked each other a lot." However, most biographers write that she slept with Hopper and director Nicholas Ray.[2] Lambert added that both Dean and Ray helped renew her passion for acting after a diet of lackluster movies like Chicken Every Sunday, Dear Brat and Father Was a Fullback. Natalie Wood and James Dean in a screenshot from Rebel Without a Cause. ... For the film, see James Dean (film). ...

Wood with Robert Wagner during their first marriage

Wood's two marriages to actor Robert Wagner were publicized and stormy, but they were reconciled at the time of her death. According to Suzanne Finstad, she ended her first marriage to Wagner after she caught him "in a compromising position with another man."[3] Wagner is aware of Finstad's claim, and he has called it untrue. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... For other persons named Robert Wagner, see Robert Wagner (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Robert Wagner, see Robert Wagner (disambiguation). ...

Wood with Robert Wagner during their second marriage

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Drowning at Catalina Island

On November 29, 1981, at the age of 43, Wood drowned while her and Wagner's yacht The Splendor was anchored near Catalina Island. An investigation by Los Angeles County coroner Thomas Noguchi resulted in an official verdict of accidental drowning, although speculation about the circumstances continues. is the 333rd day of the year (334th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Santa Catalina Island, location relative to the coast of Southern California Santa Catalina Island, often called Catalina Island, or just Catalina, is a rocky island off the coast of the U.S. state of California. ... Map of California showing Los Angeles County. ... Thomas T. Noguchi, born in 1926 in Japan, was the Chief Medical Examiner / Coroner for the County of Los Angeles from 1967 to 1982. ...


Wood was on board the yacht with Wagner and Christopher Walken. The couple had invited the character actor to join them during the Thanksgiving break from the filming of the science-fiction screenplay Brainstorm. Wood and Walken, who co-starred in the project, had shot love scenes several days earlier in North Carolina, which had recently become known to Hollywood executives as an excellent production site. Wood and her husband had stayed together in the Tar Heel State for weeks without causing any trouble or negative rumors in the vicinity of her filming location. (Wagner was on a break from filming his Aaron Spelling - produced hit TV series Hart to Hart.) Mart Crowley, employed as Natalie's personal assistant since the 1960s, accompanied her to North Carolina. He joined the actress, her mother and sisters and Wagner for Thanksgiving dinner in Los Angeles, but he declined Natalie's invitation to spend the holiday weekend on the yacht. Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ... Brainstorm is a 1983 MGM horror/thriller/science fiction film directed by Douglas Trumbull and starring Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood (in her last film appearance). ... Aaron Spelling (April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. ... Stefanie Powers & Robert Wagner Lionel Stander & Freeway Hart to Hart was an American television series starring Robert Wagner as Jonathan Hart and Stefanie Powers as his wife Jennifer, who lived in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. ... MartCrowley Mart Crowley (born on August 21, 1945 in Vicksburg, Mississippi) is an American playwright. ...


Anchored in the Pacific Ocean on the Saturday night of the holiday weekend, Wagner and Walken reportedly had a loud argument about how Walken was behaving around Wood on the yacht and possibly in a Catalina Island restaurant where they all had partied earlier that day. Wood apparently tried either to leave the yacht or to secure a dinghy that was banging against the hull when she accidentally slipped and fell overboard. A woman on a nearby yacht said she heard cries for help from the water at around midnight, along with voices replying "Take it easy. We'll be over to get you." [4] The woman, a commodities broker who had never met Wood, Wagner or Walken, said this "call and response" continued for more than 15 minutes. She added that the woman who kept repeating "Help me" did it in a curiously flat, unemotional tone of voice. To quote the witness directly, "There just wasn't much credibility in that droning repetition." For that reason the commodities broker did nothing, and said that she felt "a lot of guilt" when she learned that Wood had drowned. [citation needed] Dinghy of the schooner Adventuress A dinghy is a small utility boat attached to a larger boat. ...


Wagner has always refused to discuss the events of that night. Walken said in a New York Times interview in 1992 that there was no argument and that neither he nor Wagner witnessed Wood's fall. He added that her small physical stature (five feet tall) was a major factor in the accident. [5] The skipper of the yacht, Dennis Davern, videotaped a rambling and confusing interview in 1992 for the TV documentary program Now It Can Be Told, hosted by Geraldo Rivera. At one point during the interview, his girlfriend, who never met any of the yacht's passengers, appears to goad him into making an accusation, and Davern hesitates. The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... For the British bandleader see Gerald Bright Gerald Michael Riviera[1] (born July 4, 1943), known by his TV name Geraldo Rivera or simply Geraldo, is an American television journalist, attorney, and former talk show host. ...


Of the three witnesses who have talked, only the commodities broker told her story to the media without being pressed and within a reasonable amount of time. (She gave reporters her whole story less than two days after Wood's body was discovered; Walken and Davern both waited more than ten years to say anything.)


Dr. Noguchi revealed that Wood was legally intoxicated when she died and that there were marks and bruises on her body, which could have been received as a result of her fall. In Noguchi's memoir, Coroner, he stated that had Natalie not been intoxicated, she likely would have realized that her heavy down-filled coat and wool sweater were pulling her underwater, and would have removed them. Noguchi said he found Natalie's fingernails still embedded in the rubber boat's side. A coroner is either the presiding officer of a special court, a medical officer, or an officer of law responsible for investigating deaths, particularly those happening under unusual circumstances. ...


At the time of her death Wood was filming Brainstorm. Released in theaters two years later without a climactic scene that Wood was scheduled to film the week after Thanksgiving, it turned out to be a box-office disaster. Wood was also scheduled to make her stage debut in an Ahmanson Theatre production of Anastasia, opposite Dame Wendy Hiller. She was scheduled to begin rehearsals shortly after wrapping Brainstorm. Brainstorm is a 1983 MGM horror/thriller/science fiction film directed by Douglas Trumbull and starring Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood (in her last film appearance). ... Ahmanson Theatre The Ahmanson Theatre is one of the four main venues that comprise the Los Angeles Music Center. ... Dame Wendy Margaret Hiller DBE (August 15, 1912 – May 14, 2003) was a distinguished English film and stage actress. ... Brainstorm is a 1983 MGM horror/thriller/science fiction film directed by Douglas Trumbull and starring Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood (in her last film appearance). ...


She is buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. She was survived by her husband, Robert Wagner, and two daughters, Natasha Gregson Wagner (from her marriage to Richard Gregson), and Courtney Wagner, her daughter with Robert Wagner. Other survivors included her stepdaughter Katie Wagner (from Robert Wagner's previous marriage to Marion Marshall), her sister, Lana Wood, sister Olga Virapaeff, and her mother. Lana Wood later published a biography about Natalie. Cemetery view looking South-East. ... Natasha Gregson Wagner (born on 29 September 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA) is an American actress. ... Katie Wagner (born 11 May 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is a television personality and Hollywood reporter. ... Marion Marshall (born 1930 as Marion Tanner) is an American actress. ... Svetlana Smedley (born Svetlana Gurdin March 1, 1946), better known as Lana Wood, is an American actress and producer born to Russian emigré parents, Nikolai and Maria Zakharenko. ...


Trivia

  • Height: 5'0"
  • When she was nine she had an accident on a movie set that left a slight but permanent bone protrusion on her left wrist. For the rest of her life, on camera or in public, she wore a bracelet to cover it. The nighttime accident, in which a footbridge holding Wood collapsed, caused her to fear dark water and drowning for the rest of her life.
  • Wood's fear became an issue during the filming of at least three of her films in which her character becomes immersed in water. During the making of This Property Is Condemned, she was so scared of performing a skinny-dipping scene that co-star Robert Redford held her feet underwater to help steady her while shooting it.
  • Wood spoke Russian.

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Awards and nominations

Successful nominations in bold.


1956:

1957: Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Natalie Wood and James Dean in a screenshot from Rebel Without a Cause. ...

1958: The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

  • Golden Laurel Awards: Marjorie Morningstar (1958) — Top Female Dramatic Performance
  • Golden Laurel Awards — Top Female Star (thirteenth place)

1959: Marjorie Morningstar is a movie based on the 1955 novel of the same name, made in 1958 Marjorie Morningstar at the Internet Movie Database Categories: | ...

  • Golden Laurel Awards — Top Female Star (seventh place)

1960:

  • Golden Laurel Awards — Top Female Star (ninth place)

1961:

  • Golden Apple Awards: Sour Apple — Least Cooperative Actress
  • Golden Laurel Awards — Top Female Star (fourteenth place)

1962:

  • Academy Award: Splendor in the Grass (1961) — Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Golden Laurel Awards — Top Female Star (fifth place)
  • Golden Laurel Awards: Splendor in the Grass (1961) — Top Female Dramatic Performance (third place)

1963: Splendor in the Grass, an American movie from 1961, tells a story of sexual repression. ...

  • British Academy of Film and Television Arts: Splendor in the Grass (1961) — Best Foreign Actress
  • Golden Globes Awards: Gypsy (1962) — Best Motion Picture Actress: Musical/Comedy
  • Golden Laurel Awards: Gypsy (1962) — Top Female Musical Performance (second place)

1964: BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... Gypsy is a musical film made in 1962, about the life of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, starring Rosalind Russell, Natalie Wood, and Karl Malden. ...

  • Academy Award: Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) — Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Golden Globe Award: Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) — Best Motion Picture Actress: Drama
  • Golden Laurel Awards — Top Female Star (third place)
  • Golden Laurel Awards: Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) (second place)
  • Mar del Plata Film Festival: Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) — Best Actress

1965: Love with the Proper Stranger is a 1963 film which tells the story of a salesgirl who finds herself pregnant after a brief affair. ...

  • Golden Laurel Awards — Female Star (sixth place)
  • Golden Laurel Awards: Sex and the Single Girl (1964) — Comedy Performance (fifth place)

1966: Sex and the Single Girl is a best-selling book by Helen Gurley Brown, published in 1962. ...

  • Golden Apple Awards: Sour Apple — Least Cooperative Actress
  • Golden Globe Award: Inside Daisy Clover (1965) — Best Motion Picture Actress: Musical/Comedy
  • Golden Globe Award — World Film Favorite: Female
  • Golden Laurel Awards — Female Star (eighth place)

1967: Inside Daisy Clover is a 1965 film with Ruth Gordon based upon a novel by Gavin Lambert. ...

  • Golden Globe Award: This Property Is Condemned (1966) — Best Motion Picture Actress: Drama
  • Golden Laurel Awards — Female Star (third place)
  • Golden Laurel Awards: This Property Is Condemned (1966) — Female Dramatic Performance (third place)

1968: This 1966 love story starred Robert Redford and Natalie Wood in a Tennessee Williams tale. ...

  • Golden Laurel Awards — Female Star (twelfth place)

1970:

  • Golden Laurel Awards — Female Star (ninth place)

1971:

  • Golden Laurel Awards — Female Star (ninth place)

1980:

  • Golden Globe Award: From Here to Eternity (1979) (mini) — Best TV Actress: Drama

Filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
1983 Brainstorm Karen Brace
1980 The Memory of Eva Ryker Eva/Claire Ryker
The Last Married Couple in America Mari Thompson
1979 Meteor Tatiana Nikolaevna Donskaya
The Cracker Factory Cassie Barrett
1976 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Maggie With husband Robert Wagner and Laurence Olivier
1975 Peeper Ellen Prendergast
1973 The Affair Courtney Patterson
1969 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Carol Sanders
1966 Penelope Penelope Elcott
This Property Is Condemned Alva Starr Golden Globe Nomination - Best Actress (Drama)
1965 Inside Daisy Clover Daisy Clover Golden Globe Nomination - Best Actress (Musical or Comedy)
The Great Race Maggie DuBois
1964 Sex and the Single Girl Helen Gurley Brown
1963 Love with the Proper Stranger Angie Rossini Academy Award nomination - Best Actress; Golden Globe Nomination - Best Actress (Drama)
1962 Gypsy Gypsy Rose Lee Golden Globe Nomination - Best Actress (Musical or Comedy)
1961 West Side Story Maria
Splendor in the Grass Wilma Dean Loomis Academy Award nomination - Best Actress; Golden Globe Nomination - Best Actress (Drama); BAFTA Award Best Foreign Actress
1960 All the Fine Young Cannibals Sarah 'Salome' Davis
Cash McCall Lory Austen
1958 Kings Go Forth Monique Blair
Marjorie Morningstar Marjorie Morgenstern
1957 Bombers B-52 Lois Brennan
1956 The Girl He Left Behind Susan Daniels
The Burning Hills Maria Christina Colton
A Cry in the Night Liz Taggert
The Searchers Debbie Edwards (older)
1955 Rebel Without a Cause Judy Academy Award nomination - Best Supporting Actress
One Desire Seely Dowder
1954 The Silver Chalice Helena as a child
1952 The Star Gretchen
Just for You Barbara Blake
The Rose Bowl Story Sally Burke
1951 The Blue Veil Stephanie Rawlins
Dear Brat Pauline
1950 Never a Dull Moment Nancy 'Nan' Howard
The Jackpot Phyllis Lawrence
Our Very Own Penny Macaulay
No Sad Songs for Me Polly Scott
1949 Father Was a Fullback Ellen Cooper
The Green Promise Susan Anastasia Matthews
Chicken Every Sunday Ruth Hefferan
1948 Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! Bean McGill
1947 Driftwood Jenny Hollingsworth
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Anna Muir as a child
Miracle on 34th Street Susan Walker
1946 The Bride Wore Boots Carol Warren
Tomorrow Is Forever Margaret Ludwig
1943 Happy Land Bit Part uncredited

Television work

Bibliography

  • Gavin Lambert, Natalie Wood: A Life. London: Faber and Faber, 2004. ISBN 0-571-22197-1
  • Suzanne Finstad, Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood. Three Rivers Press, 2001. ISBN 0-609-80957-1
  • Warren G. Harris, Hollywood's Star-Crossed Lovers "Natalie and R.J.". Doubleday, 1988. ISBN 0-385-23691-3
  • Christopher Nickens, Natalie Wood: A Biography in Photographs. Doubleday, 1986. ISBN 0-385-23307-8
  • Lana Wood, Natalie: A Memoir by Her Sister. Putnam Pub Group, 1984. ISBN 0-399-12903-0
  • Frascella, Lawrence and Weisel, Al : Live Fast, Die Young: The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without a Cause. Touchstone, 2005. ISBN 0-7432-6082-1

References

  1. ^ According to Suzanne Finstad, Wood slept with director Nicholas Ray while she was trying to land the leading role in what became her breakthrough picture, Ray's Rebel Without a Cause. See Suzanne Finstad, Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood (Three Rivers Press, 2001). See also Chris Foran, "Natalie Wood deserved a better ending". The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 31, 2001.
  2. ^ According to Douglas L. Rathgeb, The Making of Rebel Without a Cause (2004), p. 90, "Dennis Hopper and Natalie Wood were involved in 'the youngest romance on the [Warner Bros.] lot these days.' Unknown to Dennis Hopper, and the Hollywood gossips, sixteen-year-old Natalie Wood had also began a romance with 43-year-old Nicholas Ray. Hopper discovered what many in the cast already knew when he made an unannounced visit ... and found Ray and Wood together in bed."
  3. ^ See Finstad, Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood (2001). See also Chris Foran, "Natalie Wood deserved a better ending". The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 31, 2001.
  4. ^ Time magazine, December 14, 1981
  5. ^ New York Times, June 24, 1992, page C1

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Natalie's contribution is the special bra she wore in her 1969 film, "Bob, Carol, Ted and Alice." It is made of lacy lavender over a beige backing.
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