Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Happy Birthday: Natalie Wood

Natalia Zakharenko, also known as Natalie Wood, was born on July 20, 1938. Her acting career began when she was a child and it progressed through her teenage years to when she became an adult. Her last film was released was Brainstorm (1983), which was just about three years after she had died. Natalie died after she drowned in the ocean after having fallen off a yacht that she was sailing on with her husband Robert Wagner and her friend Christopher Walken. The story of her death is quite odd and suspicious, but we'll just have to go with it, I guess.

Natalie was nominated for 3 Oscars. The first being one of my favorite movies of all time, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), for her role as Judy. The second nomination was for her performance in Splendor in the Grass (1961), for her role as 'Deanie' Loomis. She was crazy good in that film!! Her last nomination was for her performance in Love with the Proper Stranger (1963), which I have never seen.

She was in a lot of other fantastic movies as well, like West Side Story and Sex and the Single Girl. Other movies, too, I just don't want to write them all! RIP Natalie and happy would have been birthday!!


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