- Her voice drives me nuts.
- She was beautiful.
- She''s dead and bloated.%0D\
Also wasn''t a good actress.
- Yes, I do.
- The epitome of movie star presence. But like a lot of child stars, she got kind of burnt out by her 30''s and seemed to semi-retire.
- By coincidence, she died on my 11th birthday. I didn''t know that until a few years later when I started watching her films almost obsessively. I love her; while she could be awful, given the right part and a strong director, she could be dazzling.%0D\
The Suzanne Finstad biography was too depressing for me to finish.
- beautiful. could be good in the right role w/ the right director.
- She wasn''t beautiful. She wasn''t the greatest actor, but she managed to pay her bills.%0D\
Talent-wise, she''s a step above Kim Novak. %0D\
From the DL,however, I learned that, when it comes to some "actors", an inability to act can be an asset ; "Picnic" being "exhibit A."
- She got to suck Robert Wagner''s cock.%0D\
- Speaking of Wagner, r9, Eddie Fisher may be full of shit and dead, but, in his autobio, he compared Wagner''s heartache over Wood to his over Taylor.%0D\
Gay, straight, bi, animal, mineral or vegetable,one thing is for sure - Wagner loved Wood.
- Though it''s a very uneven film, I love Natalie Wood in GYPSY. She was a very beautiful woman!
- I have no reaction to Natalie Wood. That was the problem.
- Wood and Lesley Ann Warren remind me of each other.
- The current Miss Universe (Mexican Ximena Navarrette) reminds me of a young Natalie Wood.
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I think she was gorgeous, if a little stiff.
- Lesley Ann Warren''s Talent is greater than Natalie Wood. BY FAR\
Lesley Ann Warren, however, is a crazy cunt from hell, and Natalie Wood was actually quite lovely.
Lesley Ann Warren is so batshit you have no idea
- Must see movies:%0D\
Splendor in the Grass %0D\
The Affair w/ Robert Wagner
- She left Robert Wagner for Warren Beatty so of course, Wagner was devastated.%0D\
Part of Natalie''s problem was that she was at the height of her stardom during that transitional time in Hollywood, the mid-60s, when the entire business and art of cinema was radically changing. %0D\
She was brought up and groomed in the studio era but was really better showcased when seen in smaller independent films like Love with the Proper Stranger than Inside Daisy Clover, Gypsy and The Great Race. %0D\
But she was already considered rather passe in the new hipper Ali McGraw world of late 60s/early 70s films and other than Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, her career was essentially over.
- Natalie Wood and RJ Wagner were always A List in Hollywood. Never lost luster here.
- She gives a stellar performance in Splendor in the Grass - a must see.
- Loved her. Thought she was brilliant in SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS. Liked her in WEST SIDE STORY, LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER and INSIDE DAISY CLOVER. True she made some bad films too but she was always one of my favorites. I wanted her to be my big sister.
- No one has ever been better as Louise in GYPSY. She was a competent actress, but she had terrific screen presence.
- She was as good as her director, e.g., very good in "Splendor in the Grass." She''s sort of blah in "Gypsy," although she looks great in the "Let Me Entertain You" sequence. She signals to the audience too much when she doesn''t have a strong director to keep her in line; there is absolutely nothing subtle in her performance in "Inside Daisy Clover."%0D\
However, she had lots of close friends and was apparently adored by her children. Isn''t that enough?
- Her mudda was a nut case.
- She apparently Loved the Gays....so her acting and beauty get a pass on that alone
- Her support and financing of Mart Crowley allowed and encouraged him to write The Boys in the Band.
- She was super in "The Crackerjack Factory." A very underrated actress.
- Her sister is a sick fuck.
- I loved Natalie Wood in almost everything she did. Love with a Proper Stranger, Splendor in the Grass, and This Property is Condemned, are particular favorites, and, in my estimation, her Louise in Gypsy is definitive. (But then I think Roz is pretty damn good in the film.)
- r24 is right and I''m surprised that Natalie has never become a gay icon for that. She co-starred with several gay/bi men (James Dean, Sal Mineo, Tab Hunter), dated Raymond Burr, starred in a few films with homoerotic undercurrents (Rebel Without a Cause, Inside Daisy Clover), starred in two of the gayest musicals ever (West Side Story, Gypsy) and financed and supported Mart Crowley during the writing and production of The Boys in the Band.
- This thread begs the question: what kind of wood doesn''t float?
- r20 MARY!!!!!!!
- [quote]starred in a few films with homoerotic undercurrents (Rebel Without a Cause, Inside Daisy Clover)%0D\
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice %0D\
West Side Story %0D
- She was one of my first favorite actresses growing up. GYPSY was the first movie soundtrack I knew all the words to, as well as WSS. LOVE AND THE PROPER STRANGER is one of my favorite films.%0D\
So sad when she died. I wonder what happened to her daughter, Natasha. That was a short-lived career.
- Come on, she was TERRIBLE in West Side Story. Her ham acting was unwatchable.
- At last, the truth: r34 nails it. Her performance in WEST SIDE STORY is one of the most ridiculous screen performances ever. Her "Puerto Rican" accent? Hello?\
Hey: What''s Natalie Wood''s middle name?\
- Hey R35, if you want to hear bad accents in West Side Story, check out the recording of the score by Jose Carreras and Kiri Te Kanawa. It''s laughably bad and Carreras''s Tony has a more pronounced (Spanish, not Puerto Rican, but still) accent than Dame Kiri''s Maria.
- I said that I loved the WSS soundtrack, guys. Never said her performance.
- I don''t love her,but I like her.
- She is the essence of the 50s really in films like THE SEARCHERS and those 2 with Tab, and managed to have some hits in the early 60s, I particularly like LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER and DAISY CLOVER, but like Jean Simmons and others she was dated and over by the late 60s. %0D\
She and Jeffrey Hunter are so touching in the Ford film. Two beautiful people who died tragically young.
- I was totally in love with her from the first time I saw her in a movie as a kid. Personally, I thought she was the epitome of the perfect female. She was one of the very few celebrities whose death actually made me cry. (And I thought she was ravishing in "Gypsy".)
- Natalie Wood - the wood that DOESN''T float.
- I''ve posted this before. A friend was involved in the cast recording of Merrily We Roll Along which was recorded by RCA the day after the show closed. That was also the day that the news broke about Natalie''s drowning.%0D\
Joe said that several members of the cast were visably upset.
- My dad is such a huge fan that he named my younger sister after her and I''ve seen all her movies, but I''ve never really understood NW''s appeal. For example, I absolutely love West Side Story, but for me she was the weak link. Her acting was never that great and I don''t think she was as luminous on screen as some other actresses of her time.
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- She was quite a tiny thing, you know.
- I remember a review of the TV version of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" that she, RJ and Olivier did for TV. It said "This should finally put to rest those nasty rumors that Natalie Wood can act."
- LOL R46- See for yourself. The TV version came out on DVD a few years ago as part of a Laurence Olivier collection. Also included is Joanne Woodward and Carrie Fisher in COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA from 1976.
- Yes. She was ok. Not brilliant but ok.\
So often on DL we feel this need to castigate or exalt when work is simply adequate; probably a symptom of gay drama.
- She could actually be pretty awful but she was good in some things. She did hysteria really, really well.\
For some reason I love the movie "This Property is Condemned" The song the little girl (an older Scout from TKAMB)sings has been stuck in my head since I saw it. \
Probably at her best (for my tastes) in "Splendor in the Grass". Not to mention the beauty of a young Beatty. Another ending that always leaves me melancholy after I see it (like Property.)
- "For some reason I love the movie "This Property is Condemned" The song the little girl (an older Scout from TKAMB)sings has been stuck in my head since I saw it."%0D\
I''ve always liked that movie, too. It was based on a one-act play by Tennessee Williams and featured one of Wood''s best performances.%0D\
I first saw that movie God knows how long ago, but I never forgot the song featured in it: "Wish Me A Rainbow." The image of "Willie", a homeless girl who squats in a condemned house, dressed in her dead sister''s rags, walking along the railroad tracks, trilling that song...to me it''s one of the most haunting images I''ve ever seen in a film. %0D\
- She was so beautiful in "Rebel Without A Cause"...when she''s wearing the red coat. I like that one!
- she sucked dick like a champ
- [quote]I have no reaction to Natalie Wood. That was the problem.%0D\
I share in that problem. For me, she was unremarkable, leaving little impression good or bad.
- Perfectly cast in Marjorie Morningstar. Unfortunately, the final product wasn''t very good and pairing her with Gene Kelly as Noel, the alcoholic director/ lover didn''t work. He was much too likable to be taken seriously as a smuck.
- Agree ,r54.%0D\
"Marjorie Morningstar" should be credited as a film by "Alan Smithee."
- Wood was a good actress when she had a decent role. She had a difficult life off-screen--her parents did not always make decisions for her which were in her best interest.
- [quote]pairing her with Gene Kelly as Noel, the alcoholic director/ lover didn''t work. He was much too likable to be taken seriously as a smuck.\
Likable on the screen, but a shmuck in real life. By all accounts Gene was a terrible, mean, vicious person to work with.
- [quote]By all accounts Gene was a terrible, mean, vicious person to work with.\
All of which were mitigated by his thick, huge cock, with we he gave generously.
- Natalie, like Elizabeth Taylor, was one of the very few child stars who never went through an awkward age. She transitioned into adult roles with great ease!
- You''re a sick fuck r59, playacting the predator who penetrated her without invitation.
- "By all accounts Gene was a terrible, mean, vicious person to work with."%0D\
He was perfectionist, that''s all. That doesn''t make him a "terrible, mean, vicious" person. %0D\
Daaaaahliiiiiiings, the working title for my unwritten biography was "Penetrated Without Invitation".
- [quote]He was perfectionist, that''s all. That doesn''t make him a "terrible, mean, vicious" person. \
That''s what his costars say about him, idiot.
- Really, r63? Which co-stars said that about him?
- Debbie Reynolds and Esther Williams, among others.
- Natalie always struck me as very vulnerable. Maybe it was the roles she chose but I never thought there was a powerhouse work ethic, like Stanwyck or B. Davis, behind her facade.
- "That''s what his costars say about him, idiot."%0D\
No they didn''t, dumbass. Oh, they said he worked them like nobody''s business, made them do dance routines over and over until he thought they got it right. But that doesn''t constitute being a "mean, vicious, terrible" person." You talk like he tortured puppies and stole money from widows and orphans. %0D\
- You know, to each his/her own- but Della, you''re nuts. Natalie Wood was one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. I know a couple of old timers who knew her a bit... and if she went to a party or entered a room- everyone paused just have a look. She was also a very very nice lady- great fun and down to earth. She was not unlike Elizabeth Taylor-liked to live big and laugh and loved by all she came across. %0D\
Always thought she and Warren Beatty for the brief period they were a couple, were the most beautiful couple alive.
- R67 is an idiot.
- Natalie Wood is a quandary. On one hand she is very beautiful and has an "it" factor. But on the other hand she can get in the way of herself without a strong director or co-star. She, like Liz Taylor, oftens falls back on her charm and beauty when she can''t reach some emotional depth. That is the child actress in her. So few of her films stand out as great. I don''t think " Gypsy" is one of them. She has to go from ugly swan to beautiful woman and she is already there. And besides Roz is chewing up everything in sight. It''s her film.%0D\
But watch Natalie in " Love with a Proper Stranger" or " Rebel". Like every child actor once she felt comfortable with the director she gave all. %0D\
I also think she was the best Maggie the Cat ever.
- Splendor in the Grass is the one that did it for me.
- She was very easy to hold down and have your way with.
K. Douglas (outliving his kids)
- She made some very bad film choices later in her career. She was offered Bonnie and Clyde but didn''t want to be away from her therapist so she turned it down. Wood was also offered the lead in The Great Gatsby but turned it down when they asked her to take a screen test. She did do some good work in TV movies but her film choices during the last part of her career were awful. Peeper, Meteor, and The Last Married Couple in America were just dreadful. \
She was in the same age range as most of the actresses that came up in the late 60''s and early 70''s (Fonda, Christie, Burstyn, Dunaway, Jackson) but was seen as old Hollywood, and lumped together with stars that were 15-20 years older then she was.
- Natalie Wood you were there and you shined for some time. What more one can do?
If they asked her to screen test, she hadn't received an offer to do the role. The latter doesn't come before the former.
- er most wooden performance is one that most don't know about.
Roz Russell wanted a big, emotey close-up for "Everything's Coming Up Roses." The crew had to go back and reshoot the ending at the train station set.
Karl Malden and Natalie Wood were unavailable, so wood-backed cutouts were fashioned with their photos and in that last, long scene - neither of them moves as the camera tracks and follows Roz to her big finish.
Hollywood magic - and Natalie's best performance.
- Natalie did a terrific job in ''The Cracker Factory''. I got goosebumps from 1:00-2:00 because of her.
- "Love with the Proper Stranger" is pretty great in a corny sort of way. Natalie looks beautiful and Steve McQueen gives a very likeable movie-star performance.
- Natalie was ravishing and magical in ''This Property Is Condemned''
One of her best performances if not the best.
She was sensational as Alva Starr.
- Pretty, but one of the worst actresses to come out of the tail end of H'wood's Golden Age.
- R80 what makes you consider Natalie Wood as a bad actress?????!!!!!!!
- Not r80, but I'd guess: many of her bad performances.
- I find some of her dramatic performances rather overwrought and unsubtle. Her meltdown scenes in SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS and LOVE WITH THE PROPER STRANGER are beyond awful. YMMV.
- Underrated. I think she would have reinvented herself as a character actress of some ability. If she had lived, and was smart, she would have delayed her role in Anastasia, and the New York stage for a year, and spent the time in NY just studying and learning her craft.
- She was brilliant as Alva Starr!
I bet you doubters, haven't seen her in that movie. Please watch her films ''This Property Is Condemned'', ''The Cracker Factory'', ''Inside Daisy Clover''. She will change your mind!
- Count me in as another who thinks she was definitely beautiful, and talented too. Sure all her movies weren't good, but Meryl's had some stinkers too. I think Gypsy is one of her best performances, the scene where she finally confronts her mom towards the end was Oscar worthy.
- Natalie Wood gets a piggyback ride from producer Arthur Loew, Jr., who stops when Paul Newman invites them to go go-cart racing, 1963.
- Natalie enjoying a bubble bath
- A rare photo
- I like Natalie a lot in this one. It's so natural.
- The heat is on!
- I really loved this movie (This Property is Condemned)
The story was adapted from the 1946 one-act play of the same name by Tennessee Williams
- Cough Cough...hmmm...
- They were mad about each other.
- Natalie loved pets
- Academy Award night
- With Tab Hunter.
God he was so gay!
- I think this photo is rare too. I haven't seen that before, have you?
- She was certainly sensual.
- She was a bad actress and never did her own singing!!! She was a fraud.
- Lana Kane!
- Kid had so much stage fright during "Miracle on 34th Street" she peed my Santa suit twice during filming.
- Lana Wood claims that Natalie left Robert Wagner and filed for divorce after awaking in the middle of the night and he was not in their bed . . . she found him in the living room fucking with their butler.
- I haven't read the book, R106, but whether sister Lana wrote that or not, it just can't be true. Natalie Wood was a beautiful fag hag, and was very experienced in Hollywood since her childhood. She has to have known that Robert Wagner was homosexual before she even married him the first time. She had dated, Raymond Burr, Tab Hunter, James Dean, and probably most of the other queers in show business. Middle Americans didn't know anything, and thought that Paul Lynd's demeanor was just comedic effect, for example. But Natalie Wood was not ignorant by a long shot, and she knew exactly what was going on. R.J. had lived with Clifton Webb for Pete's sake. Many women simply have a preference for homosexual men. I just imagine that she had arranged a menage au trois with Christopher Walken for R.J. and herself on that awful fateful trip to Catalina. Humans are very complex beings.
- R107 Robert Wagner in his autobiography says that Clifton Webb was homosexual but he was very decent and he doesn't say that he lived with him.
Natalie didn't date James Dean. James Dean was dating others and not her. Natalie would love to date James at that time but James was not available for her. He was difficult to get approached by her.
- I don't sugarcoat it! Hahaha
- Tab was really gay.
- Robert Wagner was not gay. Maybe he was bi but not just gay.
- She was sexy and maybe bi...
- Natalie Wood and baby Natasha
- Natalie Wood with the love of her life Robert Wagner
- Natalie with her baby girl
- Natalie Wood and Richard Gregson, her second husband.
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.They had a daughter, Natasha Gregson (born September 29, 1970). They separated in August 1971 after Wood overheard an inappropriate telephone conversation between her secretary and Gregson. She filed for divorce, and it was finalized in April 1972.
- Natalie with her husband Richard Gregson again
- Natalie with baby Natasha
- Robert Wagner was a real hunk. I hope you make a thread for him nasty guys.
- Natalie in some of her movies she really shines.
She could give incredible performances when she was in a really good movie.
- In his review of West Side Story, Leonard Maltin said she lacked charisma
- Who is Leonard Maltin? The nerdy guy with the glasses?
I got it...
- "Lana Wood claims that Natalie left Robert Wagner and filed for divorce after awaking in the middle of the night and he was not in their bed . . . she found him in the living room fucking with their butler."
Lana Wood is a talentless cunt who leeched off her famous sister. After Natalie's death she was like a vulture, demanding possessions of Natalie's and money from her estate. Robert Wagner sent her packing after appeasing her with Natalie's clothes. I guess that's why she lies about him. She's a pretty poor liar. I mean, really; "fucking the butler?" That's pretty laughable.
- [quote]Lana Wood is a talentless cunt who leeched off her famous sister. After Natalie's death she was like a vulture, demanding possessions of Natalie's and money from her estate. Robert Wagner sent her packing after appeasing her with Natalie's clothes. I guess that's why she lies about him. She's a pretty poor liar. I mean, really; "fucking the butler?" That's pretty laughable.
No she wasn't. Natalie Wood left Lana most of her clothing after she died, including the blackglama mink coat that Natalie got when she shot an ad for them. Wagner gave Lana $10k for the coat. Wagner did get pissed when Lana sold some of Natalie's clothes to some of the same consignment shops that Natalie used to sell her clothes to.
Wood also bought a condo for her parents in the late 70's and stated in her will that it was to be for her parents use. Wood's father died in 1980, and later Wagner threw Wood's mother out (whom he hated), and moved his daughter Katie into the condo.
[quote]Lana Wood claims that Natalie left Robert Wagner and filed for divorce after awaking in the middle of the night and he was not in their bed . . . she found him in the living room fucking with their butler.
Lana never said. In the Suzanne Finstad book, the story was that Wood walked in on Wagner with another man. The story was told by a friend of Wood's and corroborated by several others.
Natalie and Lana weren't that close. Natalie was closer to her sister Olga who is 10 years older then Natalie.
- What's the only wood that doesn't float?
- I saw "Rebel Without A Cause" for the first time a few weeks back. Although James Dean gets all of the attention - his performance was startling and represented the ascent of "method" acting - it is Wood who carries the movie. I was astonished how good she is in her supporting role.
As a previous poster noted, she could be stellar in well written roles. My favorite film of hers is "Splendor in the Grass".
- Loved her. So did the camera
- Lana Wood IS a nasty piece of work. At one of Natalie's weddings (I forget which one) one of her boyfriends was allowed to take the wedding pictures that were supposed to be entirely private. She and the boyfriend sold them for big bucks and they were made public. Cunt.
- My whole family enjoyed The Great Race. The four of them were hysterical in it. And Natalie was at her sexiest.
- Natalie Wood & Hugh O’Brian, 1950s
- Dennis Hopper (lying on sofa) and Nick Adams listen intently as Natalie Wood reads aloud from Thomas Wolfe's 'The Hills Beyond' in 1956.