Natalie Wood would have been 73 years old today. TCM showed some of her movies today, I was able to catch a little of Splendor in the Grass (1961), which is one of my favorites of hers. Natalie's acting career began when she was a child and she was very busy at that time. She starred in one of the most famous Christmas films of all time, Miracle on 34th Street (1947), alongside Maureen O'Hara. When Natalie was 16 years old, she got her big break when she starred alongside James Dean and Sal Mineo in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Her performance as Judy earned her an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. In 1961, she starred in two films that were big hits, one being Splendor in the Grass and the other being West Side Story. She received her second Academy Award nomination for her performance in Splendor in the Grass. After that came Gypsy (1962) and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963), she received a third and final Academy Award nomination for her role in Love with the Proper Stranger.
Natalie's life came to an end on November 29th, 1981 when her body was found floating in a cove. It remains to be a mystery as to how she came to be in the water in the first place. All that is known is that she had been on a yacht with Christopher Walken, Robert Wagner, and the boat captain Dennis Davern the night before. She was only 43 years old when she died.