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Natalie Wood Overview:

Legendary actress, Natalie Wood, was born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko on Jul 20, 1938 in San Francisco, CA. Wood died at the age of 43 on Nov 29, 1981 in Santa Catalina Island, CA and was laid to rest in Westwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Wood was nominated for three Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1955Best Supporting ActressRebel without a Cause (1955)JudyNominated
1961Best ActressSplendor in the Grass (1961)Wilma Dean LoomisNominated
1963Best ActressLove with the Proper Stranger (1963)AngieNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Natalie Wood's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #118 on Dec 5, 1961.

BlogHub Articles:

It's vs Elizabeth Taylor in some friendly competition

By monty on Jul 2, 2018 From All Good Things

and Elizabeth Taylor had similar career paths. Starting out in children's roles in the 1940's before moving onto young adult roles in the 50's then full adult roles in the 60's where they both had stellar careers. Ten films have been chosen for each actress and will be paired up for 10 ... Read full article


: Reflections on a Legendary Life

on Sep 11, 2017 From Journeys in Classic Film

was like looking at the sun. Just staring at her in photographs the luminosity burns out of her. Her daughter Natasha has described her as tough when necessary, but always present and loving. It’s often easy to overshadow Wood’s life and career in the wake of her tragic deat... Read full article


is crowned Fashion Icon after a terrific tourney run...

By monty on Feb 3, 2017 From All Good Things

Hello everyone..The Fashion Icons has wrapped up and we have a winner...., three-time Final four finalist and 2015 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney champion. Even though she tied my girl Carole Lombard in the final match at 39 votes, Natalie clinched the Fashion Icons title with an... Read full article


Warner Archive: and Raymond Burr in A Cry in the Night (1956)

By KC on Aug 17, 2016 From Classic Movies

A Cry in the Night (1956) is an unusual thriller, standard in construction, but uncommonly warm with compassion. Now available on DVD from Warner Archive, this efficiently-paced production of Alan Ladd's Jaguar Productions marks an interesting transition for its stars, Raymond Burr and .... Read full article


The Five Best Performances

By Rick29 on Jan 21, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

1. Splendor in the Grass (1961) - gives a heart-wrenching Oscar-nominated performance as the emotionally fragile Deanie in William Inge's potent tale of young love. The scene where Deanie stands in front of her English class and discusses the meaning of William Wordsworth's "Ode: Intima... Read full article


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Natalie Wood Quotes:

Angie Rossini: You know something, if you didn't try so hard to fight against it you could be a pretty decent kind of person.


Mama Rossini: Ask him would he like a piece of cake or something.
Angie Rossini: Would you like a piece of cake or something?


Rose Hovick: You need something to remind you your goal was to be a great actress. Not a cheap stripper.
Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick: My sister's the actress, mother. And I'm *not* a cheap stripper. I'm the highest-paid in the business.
Rose Hovick: You won't be ready for vaudeville when it comes back.
Louise "Gypsy Rose Lee" Hovick: No, I'll be *dead*.


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She was cast as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976) (TV) quite unexpectedly, without campaigning for the role. Wood explained that when Laurence Olivier would come to Hollywood, she would often be seated with him at the table at formal sit-down dinners. When Olivier decided to make a version of the Tennessee Williams play, he thought of casting Wood, his dinner companion, and her husband, Robert Wagner, in the husband-wife roles of Brick and Maggie. Naturally, they accepted.

Her death was kismet, as she always cited a fear of water.

Her father, Nick Gurdin, died of a heart attack on Tuesday, November 18th, 1980 at age 66.

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