Natalie Wood
Actress
Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood was an American film and television actress best known for her screen roles in Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, and West Side Story. After first working in films as a child, Wood became a successful Hollywood star as a young adult, receiving three Academy Award nominations before she was 25 years old. Wood began acting in movies at the age of four and at age eight was given a co-starring role in the classic Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street.
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Southern Ariz. couple living their dream on a family farm complete with kids ... - The Republic
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Today, a long hallway on the hacienda's southern end is lined with black and white photos of Hollywood stars who visited the ranch: Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Collins, Paul Newman, Gene Kelly, James Dean and John Wayne
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3 Reasons to Watch Our 'Salton Sea' Video, and More on That Weirdo Old Accent - The Atlantic
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Movies after Brando, Natalie Wood and James Dean just sounded different. Liz Taylor was one of the few to go "method" and keep the old voice, party because she grew up in England. Newscasters wanted to reach this new "natural tone
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Events: Labor Day Weekend - CaryCitizen
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The film classic starring James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo will be on the big screen at Booth Amphitheatre's Movies By Moonlight. Adults $3 / Kids 12 and under free. Tickets can be purchased att the box office. More info: Booth Amphitheatre
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Big day needs a benefactor - Wentworth Courier
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THE recent discovery of the body of Surry Hills woman Natalie Wood, eight years after she died, shows the value of Neighbour Day. Neighbour Day was started the same year it is estimated Natalie Wood died, 2003, by Andrew Heslop, who is based in Double
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Free online educational resource for teachers launched - The Media Online
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Natalie Wood, the owner and originator the e-classroom concept, says that after a simple registration process, visitors to the site can download the content and print it out for use and reproduction. “The process is quick and simple and teachers can
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Wisdom from Ellen Whitehurst - Care2.com
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I believed right alongside little Natalie Wood that her Christmas wish would come true and that she would get that dream home she'd been praying for each night and day. In fact, I think that I believed as deeply if not more that if little Natalie's
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Forgotten but not by bills: dead for eight years, Natalie Wood still getting bills - The Daily Telegraph
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Bills from Sydney Water addressed to Mrs. Wood and a third from City of Sydney addressed to the The Estate of Natalie Wood lie outside her home. Picture: Nicholas Welsh Source: The Sunday Telegraph Natalie Wood pictured on her 21st birthday in 1946,
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Street-Level Storyteller - Wall Street Journal
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Robert Culp, Dyan Cannon, Natalie Wood and Elliott Gould in Mr. Mazursky's 1969 breakthrough 'Bob Carol Ted Alice. Paul Mazursky and Woody Allen are both Brooklyn-born former stand-up comedians and television writers who graduated to
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Cousin's DNA may identify Natalie Jean Wood - NEWS.com.au
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A BLOOD relative of Natalie Jean Wood has come forward to offer a DNA sample in a bid to confirm the identity of remains found in her Surry Hills home. John Newlyn, 81, from Wamboin near Canberra, paid a visit to his second cousin's
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ARTS, BRIEFLY; Nicholas Ray Archives Find a Home in Texas
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Nicholas Ray, the director of the 1955 film classic ''Rebel Without a Cause,'' was pretty much banished from Hollywood in the early 1960s as a result of his drug and alcohol addictions, and volatile temper. But his early work influenced a generation of filmmakers. Now his voluminous archives have been bought from his widow, Susan Ray, by the Harry
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Houston QFest to show Making The Boys, a controversial film from 1970 - 29-95.com
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Director Crayton Robey shows how the swinging 1960s backdrop from which Boys emerged was at once wildly glamorous — Crowley, a close friend of actress Natalie Wood, partied at Roddy McDowall's Malibu, Calif., beach house and private New York
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The List: Gone Too Soon - Dover Post
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Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Natalie Wood, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon. The list – sadly – is way too long. These are some of the talents whose early deaths saddened us the most. 1 John Belushi. Unfortunately, the original king of over-sized,
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New biography shows Nicholas Ray was his own cause - Kansas City Star
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He had affairs with Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Judy Holliday, Natalie Wood and many others. He had mentor relationships with some of the most influential cultural figures of the 20th century. The elite of French cinema considered him "the greatest
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Say g'day to next door - Mosman Daily
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In the wake of the shocking discovery of Natalie Wood, whose body lay undisturbed in her Surry Hills terrace for up to eight years, there has never been a better time to get to know your neighbours. Aged and disability services worker at Mosman Council
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Growing up with Natalie Jean Wood, the woman Sydney forgot - The Daily Telegraph
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Natalie Wood (nee Davis) in bottom row (2nd left) in early 1930s school photo at Crown Street Public School. Picture: Tracee Lea Source: The Daily Telegraph A lonely life ... Natalie Jean Wood. Source: Herald Sun Whole life ahead of her
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First picture - the young face of Natalie Jean Wood, a life lived alone - Perth Now
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This photograph of Natalie Wood, taken 66 years ago on her 21st birthday, shows her glowing. But four years later, her wartime romance had fizzled out and the marriage ended in divorce. Douglas Wood was back living in Melbourne and never spoke to his
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First picture - the young face of Natalie Jean Wood, a life lived alone - The Daily Telegraph
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This photograph of Natalie Wood, taken 66 years ago on her 21st birthday, shows her glowing. But four years later, her wartime romance had fizzled out and the marriage ended in divorce. Douglas Wood was back living in Melbourne and never spoke to his
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Natalie Wood
    FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 42
    They remained married until Wood's death seven years later on November 29, 1981.
    More Details Hide Details During the making of the film Brainstorm, Wood drowned while on a weekend boat trip to Santa Catalina Island. Many facts surrounding her drowning are unknown because the way she entered the water was never discovered.
    Douglas Trumbull, director of Brainstorm, quit directing after Wood's death in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, he explained that the uncertain circumstances of her death were the main reason for this decision. He has since decided to return to filmmaking. Wagner has denied any involvement with Wood's death. Several songs were written about or mention Wood, including "Natalie Wood" (1980, written by Jay Alanski, cover by Jil Caplan), "Natalie's Song" (David Pack), and "Eyes Like Natalie Wood" (Kathy Fleischmann). In 1999, Julian Daze and the Photon Karma recorded "Natalie Wood", written by singer/songwriter Brian Bell, and released on the Stories of Old album. In 2002 The Handsome Family wrote a haunting song "Natalie Wood" later released on their Twilight album. In 2015, the band TV Girl released a song titled "Natalie Wood". A 2004 TV film titled The Mystery of Natalie Wood was directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starred Justine Waddell and Michael Weatherly. In 2015, an eau de parfum fragrance was released called "Natalie", and featuring gardenia, which was her favourite scent.
    She was with her husband Robert Wagner, Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken, and the boat's captain, Dennis Davern, on the evening of November 28, 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Wood's body was discovered by authorities at 8:00 AM on November 29, one mile away from the boat, with a small inflatable dinghy found beached nearby. According to Wagner, when he went to bed, Wood was not there. The autopsy report revealed that Wood had bruises on her body and arms as well as an abrasion on her left cheek. Later, in his book Pieces of My Heart, Wagner acknowledged that he had a fight with Wood before she disappeared. The autopsy also found that Wood's blood alcohol level was .14%, and there were traces of two types of medication in her bloodstream: a motion-sickness pill and a painkiller, which increase the effects of alcohol. Following his investigation, Los Angeles County coroner Thomas Noguchi ruled her death an accident by drowning and hypothermia. According to the coroner, Wood had been drinking and may have slipped while trying to re-board the dinghy.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1972
    Age 33
    The couple remarried on July 16, 1972, five months after reconciling and three months after she divorced Gregson.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter, Courtney Wagner, was born in 1974. Wood's sister, Lana Wood, recalls this period:
    In early 1972, Wood resumed her relationship with Wagner.
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    She filed for divorce, and it was finalized in April 1972.
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  • 1971
    Age 32
    They separated in August 1971 after Wood overheard an inappropriate telephone conversation between her secretary and Gregson.
    More Details Hide Details The split also marked a brief estrangement between Wood and her family, when mother Maria and sister Lana told her to reconcile with Gregson for the sake of her newborn child.
  • 1969
    Age 30
    On May 30, 1969, Wood married British producer Richard Gregson.
    More Details Hide Details The couple dated for two and a half years prior to their marriage, while Gregson waited for his divorce to be finalized. In 1970 they had a daughter, Natasha.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 27
    Although many of Wood's films were commercially profitable, her acting was criticized at times. In 1966, she won the Harvard Lampoon Worst Actress of the Year Award.
    More Details Hide Details She was the first performer in the award's history to accept it in person and the The Harvard Crimson wrote she was "quite a good sport". Director Sydney Pollack was quoted as saying about Wood, "When she was right for the part, there was no one better. She was a damn good actress." Other notable films starring Wood were Inside Daisy Clover (1965) and This Property Is Condemned (1966), both of which co-starred Robert Redford and brought subsequent Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress. In both films, which were set during the Great Depression, Wood played small-town teens with big dreams. After the release of the films, Wood suffered emotionally and sought professional therapy. During this time, she turned down the Faye Dunaway role in Bonnie and Clyde because she did not want to be separated from her analyst.
  • 1964
    Age 25
    In 1964, Wood was nominated for her third Academy Award nomination for Love with the Proper Stranger, making Wood, 25 at the time, the youngest actress to ever net three Oscar nominations.
    More Details Hide Details Wood held the record for exactly 50 years until 23-year-old Jennifer Lawrence received her third nomination in 2014.
  • 1962
    Age 23
    Although the singing parts were sung by Marni Nixon, West Side Story is still regarded as one of Wood's best films. Wood did sing when she starred in the 1962 film Gypsy.
    More Details Hide Details She co-starred in the slapstick comedy The Great Race (1965), with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Peter Falk. Her ability to speak Russian was an asset given to her character Maggie DuBois, justifying the character's recording the progress of the race across Siberia, and entering the race at the beginning as a contestant.
  • 1961
    Age 22
    Wood and Wagner separated in June 1961 and divorced in April 1962.
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    In 1961, Wood played Maria in the Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise musical West Side Story, which was a major box office and critical success.
    More Details Hide Details Tibbetts notes similarities in her role in this film and the earlier Rebel Without a Cause. Here, she also plays the role of a restless adolescent reflecting the "restlessness of American youth in the 1950s", expressed by youth gangs and juvenile delinquency, along with early rock & roll. Both films, he observes, were "modern allegories based on the 'Romeo and Juliet' theme, including private restlessness and public alienation. Where in Rebel she falls in love with the character played by James Dean, whose gang-like friends and violent temper alienated him from his family, in West Side Story she also enters into a romance with a gang member and his threatening world of outcasts, also alienated from their families and the law.
    In 1961, after a "series of bad films, her career was already in decline", notes Rathgeb.
    More Details Hide Details Kazan himself writes that the "sages" of the film community declared her "washed up" as an actress, although he still wanted to interview her for his next film: Kazan cast Wood as the female lead in Splendor in the Grass, and her career rebounded. He felt that despite her earlier, innocent roles, she had the talent and maturity to go beyond them. In the film, Warren Beatty's character was deprived of sexual love with Natalie's character, and as a result turns to another "looser" girl; Natalie's character, likewise, couldn't handle the issue, but ended up in a mental institution. Kazan writes that he cast her in the role partly because he saw in Wood's personality a "true-blue quality with a wanton side that is held down by social pressure," adding that "she clings to things with her eyes," a quality he found especially "appealing."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1957
    Age 18
    They married a year later on December 28, 1957, a marriage that met with great protest from Wood's mother.
    More Details Hide Details In an article in February 2009, Wagner recalled their early romance: I saw Natalie around town but she never seemed interested. She was making Rebel Without a Cause and hanging out with James Dean; I was with an older crowd. The first time I remember really talking to her was at a fashion show in 1956. She was beautiful, but still gave no hint about the mad crush she had on me. I later found out she had signed with my agent simply because he was my agent. A month later, I invited Natalie to a premiere on what turned out to be her 18th birthday. At dinner, we both sensed things were different. I sent her flowers and the dates continued. I remember the instant I fell in love with her. One night on board a small boat I owned, she looked at me with love, her dark brown eyes lit by a table lantern. That moment changed my life.
  • 1956
    Age 17
    Wood graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details Signed to Warner Brothers, Wood was kept busy during the remainder of the decade in many 'girlfriend' roles that she found unsatisfying. The studio cast her in two films opposite Tab Hunter, hoping to turn the duo into a box office draw that never materialized. Among the other films made at this time were 1958's Kings Go Forth and Marjorie Morningstar. As Marjorie Morningstar, Wood played the role of a young Jewish girl in New York City who has to deal with the social and religious expectations of her family, as she tries to forge her own path and separate identity. She also had detractors. Film critic Pauline Kael referred to her as "clever little Natalie Wood... the most machine-tooled of Hollywood ingenues." Wood's characters in Rebel Without a Cause, The Searchers and Marjorie Morningstar began to show her widening range of acting styles, observes Tibbetts. Her former "childlike sweetness" was now being combined with a noticeable "restlessness that was characteristic of the youth of the 1950s." After Wood appeared in the box office flop All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960), her career was salvaged by her casting in director Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass (1961) opposite Warren Beatty, which earned Wood Best Actress Nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards.
  • 1953
    Age 14
    In the 1953–54 television season, Wood played Ann Morrison, the teenage daughter in the ABC situation comedy, The Pride of the Family.
    More Details Hide Details She successfully made the transition from child star to ingenue at age 16 when she co-starred with James Dean and Sal Mineo in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Nicholas Ray's film about teenage rebellion. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She followed this with a small but crucial role in John Ford's The Searchers (1956).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Age 8
    After Wood acted in another film directed by Pichel, her mother signed her up with 20th Century Fox studio for her first major role, the 1947 Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street; the film made her one of the top child stars in Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details Within a few months after the film's release, Wood was so popular that Macy's invited her to appear in the store's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. Film historian John C. Tibbetts writes that for the next few years following her success in Miracle, Wood played roles as a daughter in a series of family films: Fred MacMurray's daughter in Father Was a Fullback and Dear Brat, Margaret Sullavan's daughter in No Sad Songs for Me, James Stewart's daughter in The Jackpot, Joan Blondell's neglected daughter in The Blue Veil, and the daughter of Bette Davis' character in The Star. In all, Wood appeared in over 20 films as a child. Because she was a minor, Wood's formal education took place on the studio lots wherever she was contracted. California law required that until age 18, actors had to spend at least three hours per day in the classroom, notes Harris. "She was a straight A student", and one of the few child actors to excel at arithmetic. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who directed her in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), said that "In all my years in the business, I never met a smarter moppet." Wood remembered that period in her life, saying, "I always felt guilty when I knew the crew was sitting around waiting for me to finish my three hours. As soon as the teacher let us go, I ran to the set as fast as I could".
  • 1943
    Age 4
    Wood made her film debut a few weeks before turning five during a fifteen-second scene in the 1943 film Happy Land.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the brief part, she attracted the notice of the director, Irving Pichel, who remained in contact with Wood's family for two years when another role came up. The director telephoned Wood's mother and asked her to bring her daughter to Los Angeles for a screen test. Wood's mother became so excited at the possibilities that she overreacted and "packed the whole family off to Los Angeles to live," writes Harris. Wood's father opposed the idea, but his wife's "overpowering ambition to make Natalie a star" took priority. According to Wood's sister, Lana Wood, Pichel "discovered her and wanted to adopt her." Wood, then seven years old, got the part and played a German orphan opposite Orson Welles and Claudette Colbert in Tomorrow Is Forever (1946). Welles later said that Wood was a born professional, "so good, she was terrifying."
  • 1938
    Born
    Born in 1938.
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