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Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 - November 29, 1981) was an American actress.

She was born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko in San Francisco, but shortly thereafter her family changed their surname to Gurdin, and at the age of four she was billed as Natasha Gurdin. A well-known child star, she was one of the relatively few who made the transition to adult stardom. Though she could hardly be called a "great" actress in the classic sense, within her own range she was a highly effective one (winning Academy Award nominations for "Rebel without a cause," "Splendor in the grass," and "Love with the proper stranger").

Her marriage to actor Robert Wagner was a stormy one, conducted in the public eye; but they were reconciled at the time of her death. She was preparing to make her stage debut in a Los Angeles production of "Anastasia," opposite Dame Wendy Hiller when she drowned in 1981. She was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Natalie Wood Facts

Birth NameNatasha Nikolaevna Gurdin
BirthdayJuly 20, 1938
BirthplaceSan Francisco, California, USA
Date of deathNovember 29, 1981 (age 43)
Height5' (1m52)  How tall is Natalie Wood compared to you?
Awards1980 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama (for From Here to Eternity)

Selected Filmography

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Hollywood Heaven: Tragic Lives. Tragic Deaths
Good Luck Chuck
West Side Story
The Searchers
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Rebel Without a Cause
The Great Race
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