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Natalie Wood

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Birth name Natalia Nikolaïevna Zakharenko
Nationality USA
Birth 20 july 1938 at San Francisco (USA)
Death 29 november 1981 (at 43 years) at Santa Catalina Island (USA)

Natalie Wood (born Natalie Zacharenko; July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) 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, The Searchers 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 with Maureen O'Hara in the classic Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street. As a teenager, her performance in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in the musical films West Side Story (1961) and Gypsy (1962), and received Academy Award for Best Actress nominations for her performances in Splendor in the Grass (1961) and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963). Her career continued with films such as Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969).

After this, she took a break from acting and had two children, appearing in only two theatrical films during the 1970s. She was married to actor Robert Wagner twice, and to producer Richard Gregson. She had one daughter by each husband: Natasha Gregson Wagner and Courtney Wagner. Her younger sister, Lana Wood, is also an actress.

Wood starred in several television productions, including a remake of the film From Here to Eternity (1979) for which she won a Golden Globe Award. During her career from child actress to adult star, her films represented a "coming of age" for both her and Hollywood films in general.


Wood's two marriages to actor Robert Wagner were highly publicized. Wood said that she had had a crush on Wagner since she was a child, and on her 18th birthday she went on a studio-arranged date with the 26-year-old actor. They married a year later on December 28, 1957, a marriage that met with great protest from Wood's mother. 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.
Wood and Wagner separated in June 1961 and divorced in April 1962.

On May 30, 1969, Wood married British producer Richard Gregson. 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. They separated in August 1971 after Wood overheard an inappropriate telephone conversation between her secretary and Gregson. 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. She filed for divorce, and it was finalized in April 1972.

In early 1972, Wood resumed her relationship with Wagner. The couple remarried on July 16, 1972, just five months after reconciling and only three months after she divorced Gregson. Their daughter, Courtney Wagner, was born in 1974. Wood's sister, Lana Wood, recalls this period:Her marriage was considered to be one of the best in Hollywood, and there is no question that she was a devoted, loving—even adoring—mother and stepmother. She and R.J. had begun with love and built from there. They had overcome each other's problems and had reached an accommodation with time, and the changes time brings. As with anybody else who has settled into making a long marriage work, they were far more determined than most people to make it work ...

They remained married until Wood's death seven years later on November 29, 1981.

Best films

West Side Story (1961)
The Great Race (1965)
The Searchers (1956)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Usually with

Edith Head
Edith Head
(10 films)
Irving Pichel
Irving Pichel
(4 films)
Paul Mazursky
Paul Mazursky
(2 films)
Ann Doran
Ann Doran
(7 films)
Thomas Little
Thomas Little
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Natalie Wood (53 films)

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The Cracker Factory
Directed by Burt Brinckerhoff
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Natalie Wood, Perry King, Shelley Long, Vivian Blaine, Marian Mercer, Juliet Mills
Roles Cassie Barrett
Rating64% 3.242123.242123.242123.242123.24212
Alcoholic Cleveland housewife Cassie Barrett is institutionalized in a psychiatric ward after experiencing a nervous breakdown in the supermarket. We learn this is the latest in a series of hospitalizations from which Cassie emerges supposedly in control of her life but actually still teetering on the edge. During this latest stay, she develops a romantic crush on psychiatrist Edwin Alexander and a close relationship with night supervisor Tinkerbell, both of whom help her take steps toward facing her inner demons and learning to live with sobriety.
Brainstorm (1983)
, 1h46
Directed by Douglas Trumbull
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic
Actors Christopher Walken, Natalie Wood, Louise Fletcher, Cliff Robertson, Alan Fudge, Joe Dorsey
Roles Karen Brace
Rating63% 3.1980853.1980853.1980853.1980853.198085
A team of scientists invents a brain/computer interface that allows sensations to be recorded from a person's brain and converted to tape so that others may experience them. The team includes estranged husband and wife Michael and Karen Brace, as well as Michael's colleague Lillian Reynolds. At CEO Alex Terson's instruction, the team demonstrates the device to investors in order to gain financing.
Willie and Phil, 1h55
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Children's films
Actors Margot Kidder, Michael Ontkean, Ray Sharkey, Laurence Fishburne, Jerry Hall, Natalie Wood
Roles Herself
Rating58% 2.9481552.9481552.9481552.9481552.948155
The film is set in the 1970s and amidst the counterculture chic of that era. Willie, a high school English teacher who plays jazz piano (Michael Ontkean), and Phil, a fashion photographer (Ray Sharkey), meet coming out of the Bleecker Street Cinema where Jules et Jim has just been shown and become friends. They both fall in love with Jeannette, a girl from Kentucky (Margot Kidder).
The Memory of Eva Ryker, 2h24
Directed by Walter Grauman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action
Actors Natalie Wood, Robert Foxworth, Ralph Bellamy, Roddy McDowall, Bradford Dillman, Jean-Pierre Aumont
Roles Eva Ryker / Claire Ryker
Rating65% 3.282453.282453.282453.282453.28245
William E. Ryker engage Norman Hall pour enquêter sur les circonstances de la mort de sa femme Eva durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale afin d'aider sa fille Claire. Cette dernière est, selon les médecins, perturbée par ce qu'elle a vécu enfant en lien avec la mort d'Eva. Le détective va trouver bien plus en mettant à jour une conspiration ayant comme objet le vol de bijoux inestimables.
Meteor (1979)
, 1h47
Directed by Ronald Neame
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, La fin du monde, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Impact events in fiction, Space opera, Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Henry Fonda, Martin Landau
Roles Tatiana Donskaya
Rating50% 2.501842.501842.501842.501842.50184
After the asteroid Orpheus is hit by a comet, a five-mile chunk of Orpheus is sent on a collision course towards Earth, which will cause an extinction-level event. While the United States government engages in political maneuvering, smaller asteroid fragments precede the main body, wreaking havoc on the planet. The United States has a secret orbiting nuclear missile platform satellite named Hercules, which was designed by Dr. Paul Bradley (Sean Connery). It was intended to defend Earth against a massive space rock, but instead was demoted to become an orbiting super weapon now aimed at Russia. However, its fourteen nuclear missiles are not enough to stop the meteor.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1h40
Directed by Robert Moore
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Actors Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, Laurence Olivier, Maureen Stapleton, Jack Hedley, Mary Peach
Roles Margaret
Rating69% 3.4795353.4795353.4795353.4795353.479535
Dans une villa du sud des États-Unis, la famille se réunit pour fêter l'anniversaire du patriarche malade, Big Daddy.
Peeper (1975)
, 1h27
Directed by Peter Hyams
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller
Themes Children's films
Actors Michael Caine, Timothy Carey, Natalie Wood, Kitty Winn, Michael Constantine, Thayer David
Roles Ellen Prendergast
Rating56% 2.802872.802872.802872.802872.80287
1947 à Hollywood. Lou Anglich échappe à une filature en frappant son poursuivant avec sa valise. Lorsque Leslie C. Tucker, un détective privé anglais, revient à son bureau, il trouve Anglich, qui le charge de retrouver a fille Anna, placée dans un orphelinat 29 ans auparavant. Anglich dit à Tucker qu'il a beaucoup d'argent et qu'il veut le donner à sa fille avant que ses "associés" le retrouvent et le tuent...
The Candidate, 1h46
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas, Don Porter, Karen Carlson, Natalie Wood
Roles Natalie Wood
Rating69% 3.4964553.4964553.4964553.4964553.496455
Marvin Lucas (Peter Boyle), a political election specialist, must find a Democratic candidate to oppose California U.S. Senator Crocker Jarmon, a popular Republican. With no big-name Democrat eager to enter the unwinnable race, Lucas seeks out Bill McKay (Robert Redford), the idealistic, charismatic son of former governor John J. McKay (Melvyn Douglas).
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, 1h45
Directed by Paul Mazursky
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Natalie Wood, Robert Culp, Elliott Gould, Dyan Cannon, Lee Bergere, Michael Z. Gordon
Roles Carol Sanders
Rating66% 3.346363.346363.346363.346363.34636
After a weekend of emotional honesty at an Esalen-style retreat, Los Angeles sophisticates Bob and Carol Sanders (played by Robert Culp and Natalie Wood) return to their life determined to embrace complete openness. They share their enthusiasm and excitement over their new-found philosophy with their more conservative friends Ted and Alice Henderson (Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon), though their friends remain doubtful. Soon after, Bob, a filmmaker, has an affair with a young, blonde production assistant on a film shoot in San Francisco. He admits this to Carol after arriving home, describing the event as a purely physical act, not an emotional one. To Bob's surprise, Carol is completely accepting of this. Later, Carol gleefully reveals the affair to Ted and Alice as they are leaving a dinner party. Alice is particularly disturbed both by Bob's infidelity, as well as Carol's candor, becoming physically ill on the drive home. She and Ted have a hard time coping with the news in bed later that evening. However, as time passes, they grow to accept that Bob and Carol really are fine with the affair. Later, Ted admits to Bob that he was tempted to have an affair once, but never went through with it; Bob tells Ted he should, rationalizing: "You've got the guilt anyway. Don't waste it.
Inside Daisy Clover, 2h8
Directed by Robert Mulligan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about films, Films about music and musicians, Films about sexuality, Films about television, LGBT-related films, Musical films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Natalie Wood, Christopher Plummer, Robert Redford, Roddy McDowall, Ruth Gordon, Ottola Nesmith
Roles Daisy Clover
Rating60% 3.0480753.0480753.0480753.0480753.048075
Set in the mid-1930s, the plot centers on Daisy Clover (Wood), a teenage tomboy who lives in a ramshackle trailer with her eccentric mother (Gordon) on a California beach and dreams of Hollywood stardom. She submits a song recording to the well-known film producer Ray Swan (Plummer), who puts her under contract. Ray and his wife Melora (Katharine Bard) foster Daisy's rise to fame by any means necessary, forcing Daisy to deal with the pressures of stardom and the Swans' manipulation of her life and career. Daisy reluctantly accepts the placement of her mother in a mental institution, to protect Daisy's reputation as "America's valentine", and is told to tell any interviewers that her mother is dead.
Penelope (1966)
, 1h37
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime
Actors Natalie Wood, Ian Bannen, Peter Falk, Carl Ballantine, Jerome Cowan, Jonathan Winters
Roles Penelope
Rating61% 3.0977053.0977053.0977053.0977053.097705
Penelope Elcott (Natalie Wood) is the wife of wealthy banker James Elcott (Ian Bannen). Penelope decides to disguise herself as an old woman and rob her husband's bank. While the police, including Lieutenant Horatio Bixbee (Peter Falk), rush to get to the bank, Penelope escapes in a red wig and yellow suit. She donates some of the stolen money to a Salvation Army worker and donates the suit to a second-hand thrift shop. Con artists Sabada (Lila Kedrova) and Ducky (Lou Jacobi) immediately recognize the suit as an original designer outfit from Paris, and purchase it for a mere $7.
This Property Is Condemned, 1h50
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films about the labor movement, Films based on plays, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre de Tennessee Williams
Actors Natalie Wood, Robert Redford, Charles Bronson, Kate Reid, Mary Badham, Alan Baxter
Roles Alva Starr
Rating69% 3.4943453.4943453.4943453.4943453.494345
The film is a frame story in which an unkempt girl, Willie Starr (Mary Badham), tells the story of her dead sister Alva (Natalie Wood) to Tom, a boy who she meets on the abandoned railroad tracks of Dodson, Mississippi in the 1930s. The viewer sees this story in flashback.
The Great Race, 2h37
Directed by Blake Edwards
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Action, Adventure, Musical, Romance, Western
Themes Monde imaginaire, Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Musical films, Road movies
Actors Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, William Bryant, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn
Roles Maggie Dubois
Rating71% 3.5987053.5987053.5987053.5987053.598705
The Great Leslie (Tony Curtis) and Professor Fate (Jack Lemmon) are competing daredevils at the turn of the 20th century. Leslie is the classic hero – always dressed in white, handsome, ever-courteous, enormously talented and successful. Leslie's nemesis, Fate, is the traditional melodramatic villain – usually dressed in black, sporting a black moustache and top hat, glowering at most everyone, maniacal evil laugh, grandiose plans to thwart the hero, and dogged by failure. Leslie proposes an automobile race from New York to Paris, to prove the ability of a new car named after him. Fate builds his own race vehicle, the Hannibal Twin-8, complete with hidden devices of sabotage. Others enter cars in the race, including New York City's most prominent newspaper. Driving the newspaper's car is beautiful photojournalist Maggie DuBois (Natalie Wood), a vocal suffragette.
Sex and the Single Girl, 1h50
Directed by Richard Quiney
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Psychologie, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Psychanalyse
Actors Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Lauren Bacall, Mel Ferrer, Fran Jeffries
Roles Helen Gurley Brown
Rating64% 3.200663.200663.200663.200663.20066
Bob Weston works for STOP, a scandal magazine. His colleague has written a dirty article about Helen Gurley Brown, the author of a best-selling new book with advice to single women on how to deal with men, calling her a virgin. She is very offended. Due to this article, Helen has lost six appointments. Weston wants to interview her, but she refuses to see him.