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Natalie Wood

nataliewoodBorn 1938

43 Years Old





1938- Born on July 20th, in San Francisco California

1943- on screen for 15 seconds in Happy Land, her first screen appearance, not credited

1947- starred in Christmas favorite, Miracle on 34th Street

1955- starred alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and nominated for her first Academy Award

1956- acted with John Wayne in The Searchers in a small but pivotal role

1961- starred in Academy Award winning musical West Side Story as Maria

1961- this years also saw her star in a breakout performance for Splendor in the Grass, for which she garnered nominations for an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards

1962- the recognition for acting talent continued for Gypsy, in which she was nominated again for a Golden Globe

1963- starred in Love with the Proper Stranger, nomination for Academy Award and Golden Globe

1964- starred in Sex and the Single Girl

1965- nominated again for Golden Globe for her role in Inside Daisy Clover

1965- played Maggie DuBois in The Great Race

1966- starred in This Property is Condemned, Golden Globe nomination

1972- played herself in a cameo in The Candidate

1975- starred in Peeper

1979- finally won a Golden Globe for From Here to Eternity

1983- nominated for Saturn Award for Brainstorm


Natalie Wood made a fantastic transition from child to teenage to adult actress, with a career that spanned almost four decades until her untimely death due to controversial circumstances while boating near Catalina Island off the coast of California.  The case was recently reopened and reinvestigated.


Natalie had two children, Natasha and Courtney and was sister to Lana Wood, who is an actress and producer in her own right.  Was married twice to actor Robert Wagner, from 1957-1962 the first time and then from 1972-1981 at the time of her death.  In between her marriages to him she was married to Richard Gregson from 1969-72 and had first daughter Natasha with him while the second, Courtney, is Wagner’s child.