Natalie Wood

Actor
A doe-eyed, brunette beauty, Natalie Wood was one of Hollywood's brightest stars and a legend both on and off the silver screen. Born to Russian immigrants, Wood found herself in the spotlight as a child, capturing ... Read more »
Born: 07/20/1938 in San Francisco, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Brainstorm 1983 (Movie)

Karen Brace (Actor)

Hart to Hart 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

From Here to Eternity 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Meteor 1979 (Movie)

Tatiana (Actor)

Willie & Phil 1979 (Movie)

Natalie Wood (Actor)

The Last Married Couple in America 1978 (Movie)

Mari Thomson (Actor)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Peeper 1976 (Movie)

Ellen Prendergast (Actor)

The Candidate 1972 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice 1969 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Inside Daisy Clover 1966 (Movie)

Daisy Clover (Actor)

Penelope 1966 (Movie)

Penelope Elcott (Actor)

This Property Is Condemned 1966 (Movie)

Alva Starr (Actor)

The Great Race 1965 (Movie)

Maggie DuBois (Actor)

Sex and the Single Girl 1964 (Movie)

Dr Helen Brown (Actor)

Love With the Proper Stranger 1963 (Movie)

Angie Rossini (Actor)

Gypsy 1962 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Splendor in the Grass 1961 (Movie)

Wilma Dean Loomis--Deanie (Actor)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

All the Fine Young Cannibals 1960 (Movie)

Salome Davis (Actor)

Cash McCall 1960 (Movie)

Lory Austen (Actor)

Kings Go Forth 1958 (Movie)

Monique Blair (Actor)

Marjorie Morningstar 1958 (Movie)

Marjorie (Actor)

Bombers B-52 1957 (Movie)

Lois Brennan (Actor)

The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1955 - 1957 (TV Show)

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A Cry in the Night 1956 (Movie)

Liz (Actor)

The Burning Hills 1956 (Movie)

Maria Colton (Actor)

The Girl He Left Behind 1956 (Movie)

Susan Daniels (Actor)

The Searchers 1956 (Movie)

Debbie Edwards (Actor)

One Desire 1955 (Movie)

Seely (Actor)

Rebel Without a Cause 1955 (Movie)

Judy (Actor)

The Silver Chalice 1954 (Movie)

Helen--as a Girl (Actor)

The Star 1953 (Movie)

Gretchen (Actor)

The Blue Veil 1951 (Movie)

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No Sad Songs For Me 1950 (Movie)

Polly Scott (Actor)

The Jackpot 1950 (Movie)

Phyllis Lawrence (Actor)

Scudda-Hoo! Scudda-Hay! 1948 (Movie)

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Miracle on 34th Street 1947 (Movie)

Susan Walker (Actor)

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1947 (Movie)

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Chicken Every Sunday (Movie)

Ruth Hefferan (Actor)

Just for You (Movie)

Barbara Blake (Actor)

Never a Dull Moment (Movie)

Nan (Actor)

The Affair (TV Show)

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The Bride Wore Boots (Movie)

Carol Warren (Actor)

The Cracker Factory (TV Show)

Actor

The Green Promise (Movie)

Susan Matthews (Actor)

The Memory of Eva Ryker (TV Show)

Actor

The Rose Bowl Story (Movie)

Sally Burke (Actor)

Tomorrow Is Forever (Movie)

Margaret Hamilton (Actor)

Biography

A doe-eyed, brunette beauty, Natalie Wood was one of Hollywood's brightest stars and a legend both on and off the silver screen. Born to Russian immigrants, Wood found herself in the spotlight as a child, capturing audience's hearts in the holiday classic, "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947). Maintaining a successful career as an adult, she went on to turn in Oscar-nominated performances in the films "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) and "Splendor in the Grass" (1961), as well as charming audiences as Maria in the hit musical "West Side Story" (1961). Wood's storybook marriage to fellow actor Robert Wagner delighted movie fans - first, in the late 1950s, and later, following their divorce, when the couple reunited for a second go at marriage in the early 1970s. With a personal life rivaling the plot of any Hollywood movie, Wood was one of the most beloved actresses of her time, even long after her mysterious drowning death in 1981, which left behind more questions than answers.

Relationships

Warren Beatty Actor

Companion
Had an affair during making of "Splendor in the Grass" (1961)

Richard Gregson Screenplay

Husband
Married May 30, 1969 Divorced April 1, 1972

Natasha Gregson Wagner Actor

Daughter
Born on Sept. 29, 1970; father, Richard Gregson Adopted by Robert Wagner after his second marriage to Wood

Nicholis Gurdin

Father
Russian descent; was an alcoholic

Maria Gurdin

Mother
French descent; abandoned by first husband; emigrated to U.S. from Siberia Died of pneumonia on Jan. 6, 1998 at age 85

Henry Jaglom Director

Companion

Elvis Presley Song Performer

Companion
Briefly dated

Olga Viriapaeff

Half-Sister
Older; from mother's first marriage

Robert Wagner Actor

Husband
Married Dec. 28, 1957 Divorced April 27, 1962 Reconciled in 1971 Remarried on July 16, 1972 in a ceremony on their yacht Splendour Were married until her death on Nov. 29, 1981 off Catalina Island, CA under mysterious circumstances

Courtney Wagner Actor

Daughter
Born March 9, 1974; father, Robert Wagner

Katie Wagner

Step-Daughter

Lana Wood Actor

Sister
Born March 1, 1946

Milestones

1983

Final film appearance, opposite Christopher Walken in "Brainstorm"; released posthumously

1980

Shot her final film in its entirety, "The Last Married Couple in America" opposite George Segal

1979

Cast in NBC miniseries version of "From Here to Eternity"; won a Golden Globe for Best TV Actress – Drama

1979

Appeared opposite Sean Connery in the Cold War-era sci-fi film "Meteor"

1976

Starred as Maggie opposite husband Robert Wagner in televised adaptation of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (NBC)

1968

After several box office misses, saw a career resurgence in Paul Mazursky's critically acclaimed "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice"

1963

Earned third Oscar-nominated performance, for Best Actress in a Leading Role, in "Love with the Proper Stranger"

1962

Portrayed burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee in "Gypsy"

1961

Co-starred with Warren Beatty in Elia Kazan's "Splendor in the Grass"; received second Oscar nomination, for Best Actress in a Leading Role

1961

Landed starring role of Maria in the Leonard Bernstein musical "West Side Story"; Wood signed on to do her own singing, but the studio later dubbed over her voice with that of Marni Nixon

1958

Cast as a Hollywood actress in "Marjorie Morningstar" opposite Gene Kelly

1955

Breakthrough film role, playing rebellious teenager Judy opposite James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause"; earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1952

Made TV debut on ABC's "Gruen Guild Theater"

1947

Acted in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" and the holiday classic "Miracle on 34th Street"

1946

Feature acting debut, opposite Orson Welles and Claudette Colbert in "Tomorrow Is Forever"

1942

First film appearance, a bit part in "Happy Land"

Bonus Trivia

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In November 2011, Wood's death was reopened as a homicide investigation, primarily because of a book co-written by Marti Rulli and Dennis Davern, the captain of the boat where the actress spent her last minutes on Nov. 29, 1981. In the book titled Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour, Rulli and Davern wrote about the night Wood drowned off the coast of Catalina Island, CA and claimed actor Robert Wagner, Wood's husband, was responsible for her death. However, L.A. County Sheriff's Lt. John Corina announced in a news conference that Wagner was not a suspect in the case.

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