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:

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Two —

By shadowsandsatin on Aug 21, 2020 From Shadows and Satin

Unforgettable star. It?s not often that a popular child star makes a successful transition to screen fame. From the Golden Age of Hollywood, I can only think of a few off the top of my head ? Judy Garland. Mickey Rooney. Elizabeth Taylor. Bonita Granville. Roddy McDowall. And . IN THE BE... Read full article


On Blu-ray: in Penelope (1966)

By KC on Mar 18, 2020 From Classic Movies

I fell in love with Penelope (1966) when this candy-colored crime caper streamed on the dearly departed FilmStruck service. It’s got a stunning cast, led by the bright-eyed and features a sprightly early soundtrack by John Williams, adorably credited as “Johnny Williams.R... Read full article


Splendor in the Grass (1961): and Warren Beatty

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 2, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Like William Inge’s earlier piece, Picnic, or some of Tennessee Williams’ most substantial work, Splendor in the Grass seems to hinge on the fact its content is in some way pushing the envelope as far as social issues and subsequent taboos go. It’s no surprise Elia Kazan was often ... Read full article


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


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Natalie Wood Quotes:

Lieutenant Schrank: At the gym last night, your brother got into a heavy argument because you danced with the wrong boy.
Maria: Yes
Lieutenant Schrank: Who was that boy?
Maria: Another from my country.
Lieutenant Schrank: And his name?
Maria: Jose.


Maria: All of you! You all killed him! And my brother, and Riff. Not with bullets, or guns, with hate. Well now I can kill, too, because now I have hate!


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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Attended ballet classes as a child with Jill St. John and Stefanie Powers. All three women would go on to have long-term relationships with Robert Wagner. Natalie was married to Wagner at the time of her death and St. John is now married to him. Powers was his costar on the 1979-1984 television series "Hart to Hart.".

While taking classes at UCLA, she turned down the role of Elaine in The Graduate (1967) that went to Katharine Ross.

Younger sister Lana Wood made a ABC TV special on Natalie's life, The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004) (TV).

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