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Natalie Wood

I'm watching the film "Gypsy" on TCM. Do you have a reaction to Natalie?

by Dellareply 16505/09/2015

Her voice drives me nuts.

by Dellareply 105/08/2011

She was beautiful.

by Dellareply 205/08/2011

She's dead and bloated.%0D %0D Also wasn't a good actress.

by Dellareply 305/08/2011

Yes, I do.

by Dellareply 405/08/2011

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 Dellareply 505/08/2011

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 %0D The Suzanne Finstad biography was too depressing for me to finish.

by Dellareply 605/08/2011

beautiful. could be good in the right role w/ the right director.

by Dellareply 705/08/2011

She wasn't beautiful. She wasn't the greatest actor, but she managed to pay her bills.%0D %0D Talent-wise, she's a step above Kim Novak. %0D %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."

by Dellareply 805/08/2011

She got to suck Robert Wagner's cock.%0D %0D Lucky girl.

by Dellareply 905/08/2011

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 %0D Gay, straight, bi, animal, mineral or vegetable,one thing is for sure - Wagner loved Wood.

by Dellareply 1005/08/2011

Though it's a very uneven film, I love Natalie Wood in GYPSY. She was a very beautiful woman!

by Dellareply 1105/08/2011

I have no reaction to Natalie Wood. That was the problem.

by Dellareply 1205/08/2011

Wood and Lesley Ann Warren remind me of each other.

by Dellareply 1305/08/2011

The current Miss Universe (Mexican Ximena Navarrette) reminds me of a young Natalie Wood.

by Dellareply 1405/08/2011

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.

by Dellareply 1505/08/2011

Must see movies:%0D %0D Splendor in the Grass %0D %0D The Affair w/ Robert Wagner

by Dellareply 1605/08/2011

She left Robert Wagner for Warren Beatty so of course, Wagner was devastated.%0D %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 %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 %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.

by Dellareply 1705/08/2011

Natalie Wood and RJ Wagner were always A List in Hollywood. Never lost luster here.

by Dellareply 1805/08/2011

She gives a stellar performance in Splendor in the Grass - a must see.

by Dellareply 1905/08/2011

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.

by Dellareply 2005/08/2011

No one has ever been better as Louise in GYPSY. She was a competent actress, but she had terrific screen presence.

by Dellareply 2105/08/2011

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 %0D However, she had lots of close friends and was apparently adored by her children. Isn't that enough?

by Dellareply 2205/08/2011

Her mudda was a nut case.

by Dellareply 2305/08/2011

She apparently Loved the her acting and beauty get a pass on that alone

by Dellareply 2405/08/2011

Her support and financing of Mart Crowley allowed and encouraged him to write The Boys in the Band.

by Dellareply 2505/08/2011

She was super in "The Crackerjack Factory." A very underrated actress.

by Dellareply 2605/08/2011

Her sister is a sick fuck.

by Dellareply 2705/08/2011

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.)

by Dellareply 2805/08/2011

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.

by Dellareply 2905/08/2011

This thread begs the question: what kind of wood doesn't float?

by Dellareply 3005/08/2011

r20 MARY!!!!!!!

by Dellareply 3105/08/2011

[quote]starred in a few films with homoerotic undercurrents (Rebel Without a Cause, Inside Daisy Clover)%0D %0D Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice %0D %0D West Side Story %0D

by Dellareply 3205/08/2011

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 %0D So sad when she died. I wonder what happened to her daughter, Natasha. That was a short-lived career.

by Dellareply 3305/08/2011

Come on, she was TERRIBLE in West Side Story. Her ham acting was unwatchable.

by Dellareply 3405/08/2011

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?


by Dellareply 3505/08/2011

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.

by Dellareply 3605/08/2011

I said that I loved the WSS soundtrack, guys. Never said her performance.

by Dellareply 3705/08/2011

I don't love her,but I like her.

by Dellareply 3805/08/2011

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 %0D She and Jeffrey Hunter are so touching in the Ford film. Two beautiful people who died tragically young.

by Dellareply 3905/08/2011

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".)

by Dellareply 4005/09/2011

Natalie Wood - the wood that DOESN'T float.

by Dellareply 4105/09/2011

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.

by Dellareply 4205/09/2011

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.

by Dellareply 4305/09/2011


by Dellareply 4405/09/2011

She was quite a tiny thing, you know.

by Dellareply 4505/09/2011

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."

by Dellareply 4605/09/2011

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.

by Dellareply 4705/10/2011

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.

by Dellareply 4805/10/2011

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.)

by Dellareply 4905/10/2011

"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 %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 %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 me it's one of the most haunting images I've ever seen in a film. %0D %0D

by Dellareply 5005/10/2011

She was so beautiful in "Rebel Without A Cause"...when she's wearing the red coat. I like that one!

by Dellareply 5105/10/2011

she sucked dick like a champ

by Dellareply 5205/10/2011

[quote]I have no reaction to Natalie Wood. That was the problem.%0D %0D I share in that problem. For me, she was unremarkable, leaving little impression good or bad.

by Dellareply 5305/10/2011

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.

by Dellareply 5405/10/2011

Agree ,r54.%0D %0D "Marjorie Morningstar" should be credited as a film by "Alan Smithee."

by Dellareply 5505/10/2011

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.

by Dellareply 5605/10/2011

[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.

by Dellareply 5705/10/2011

[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.

by Dellareply 5805/10/2011

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!

by Dellareply 5905/11/2011

You're a sick fuck r59, playacting the predator who penetrated her without invitation.

by Dellareply 6005/11/2011

"By all accounts Gene was a terrible, mean, vicious person to work with."%0D %0D He was perfectionist, that's all. That doesn't make him a "terrible, mean, vicious" person. %0D %0D %0D

by Dellareply 6105/11/2011

R60,%0D %0D Daaaaahliiiiiiings, the working title for my unwritten biography was "Penetrated Without Invitation".

by Dellareply 6205/11/2011

[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.

by Dellareply 6305/11/2011

Really, r63? Which co-stars said that about him?

by Dellareply 6405/11/2011

Debbie Reynolds and Esther Williams, among others.

by Dellareply 6505/12/2011

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.

by Dellareply 6605/12/2011

"That's what his costars say about him, idiot."%0D %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 %0D %0D %0D

by Dellareply 6705/13/2011

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 %0D Always thought she and Warren Beatty for the brief period they were a couple, were the most beautiful couple alive.

by Dellareply 6805/13/2011

R67 is an idiot.

by Dellareply 6905/13/2011

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 %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 %0D I also think she was the best Maggie the Cat ever.

by Dellareply 7005/13/2011

Splendor in the Grass is the one that did it for me.

by Dellareply 7105/13/2011

She was very easy to hold down and have your way with.

by Dellareply 7205/13/2011

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.

by Dellareply 7305/20/2011

Natalie Wood you were there and you shined for some time. What more one can do?

by Dellareply 7411/11/2012


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.

by Dellareply 7511/11/2012

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.

by Dellareply 7611/11/2012

Natalie did a terrific job in 'The Cracker Factory'. I got goosebumps from 1:00-2:00 because of her.

by Dellareply 7711/11/2012

"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.

by Dellareply 7811/11/2012

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.

by Dellareply 7911/11/2012

Pretty, but one of the worst actresses to come out of the tail end of H'wood's Golden Age.

by Dellareply 8011/11/2012

R80 what makes you consider Natalie Wood as a bad actress?????!!!!!!!

by Dellareply 8111/11/2012

Not r80, but I'd guess: many of her bad performances.

by Dellareply 8211/11/2012

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.

by Dellareply 8311/11/2012

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.

by Dellareply 8411/11/2012

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!

by Dellareply 8511/11/2012

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.

by Dellareply 8611/11/2012

Natalie Wood gets a piggyback ride from producer Arthur Loew, Jr., who stops when Paul Newman invites them to go go-cart racing, 1963.

by Dellareply 8712/16/2012


by Dellareply 8812/16/2012

Natalie enjoying a bubble bath

by Dellareply 8912/16/2012

A rare photo

by Dellareply 9012/16/2012

I like Natalie a lot in this one. It's so natural.

by Dellareply 9112/16/2012

The heat is on!

by Dellareply 9212/16/2012

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

by Dellareply 9312/16/2012

Cough Cough...hmmm...

by Dellareply 9412/16/2012

They were mad about each other.

It just...

by Dellareply 9512/16/2012

Natalie loved pets

by Dellareply 9612/16/2012

Academy Award night

by Dellareply 9712/16/2012

With Tab Hunter.

God he was so gay!

by Dellareply 9812/16/2012

I think this photo is rare too. I haven't seen that before, have you?

by Dellareply 9912/16/2012

She was certainly sensual.

by Dellareply 10012/16/2012


by Dellareply 10112/16/2012

She was a bad actress and never did her own singing!!! She was a fraud.

by Dellareply 10212/16/2012

Lana Kane!



by Dellareply 10312/16/2012

Kid had so much stage fright during "Miracle on 34th Street" she peed my Santa suit twice during filming.

by Dellareply 10412/16/2012


by Dellareply 10512/16/2012

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.

by Dellareply 10612/16/2012

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.

by Dellareply 10712/18/2012

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.

by Dellareply 10812/18/2012

I don't sugarcoat it! Hahaha

by Dellareply 10912/18/2012

Tab was really gay.

by Dellareply 11012/18/2012

Robert Wagner was not gay. Maybe he was bi but not just gay.

by Dellareply 11112/19/2012

She was sexy and maybe bi...

by Dellareply 11212/27/2012

Natalie Wood and baby Natasha

by Dellareply 11312/27/2012

Natalie Wood with the love of her life Robert Wagner

by Dellareply 11412/27/2012

Natalie with her baby girl

by Dellareply 11512/27/2012

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.

by Dellareply 11612/27/2012

Natalie with her husband Richard Gregson again

by Dellareply 11712/27/2012

Natalie with baby Natasha

by Dellareply 11812/27/2012

Robert Wagner was a real hunk. I hope you make a thread for him nasty guys.

by Dellareply 11912/27/2012

Natalie in some of her movies she really shines. She could give incredible performances when she was in a really good movie.

by Dellareply 12001/29/2013

In his review of West Side Story, Leonard Maltin said she lacked charisma

by Dellareply 12101/29/2013

Who is Leonard Maltin? The nerdy guy with the glasses?

I got it...

by Dellareply 12201/29/2013

"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.

by Dellareply 12301/29/2013

[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.

by Dellareply 12401/29/2013

What's the only wood that doesn't float?

by Dellareply 12501/29/2013

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".

by Dellareply 12601/29/2013

Loved her. So did the camera

by Dellareply 12701/29/2013

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.

by Dellareply 12801/29/2013

My whole family enjoyed The Great Race. The four of them were hysterical in it. And Natalie was at her sexiest.

by Dellareply 12901/30/2013

Natalie Wood & Hugh O’Brian, 1950s

by Dellareply 13003/13/2013

Dennis Hopper (lying on sofa) and Nick Adams listen intently as Natalie Wood reads aloud from Thomas Wolfe's 'The Hills Beyond' in 1956.

by Dellareply 13105/05/2013

Neile Adams McQueen, first wife of Steve McQueen, in her book 'My Husband, My Friend: A Memoir' she writes:

'When Steve and Natalie Wood starred together in Love with the Proper Stranger, Natalie developed a crush on Steve, perhaps because she and Warren Beatty were already on very shaken grounds. Natalie tried every which way to ensnare Steve short of using a butterfly net, including resorting to adolescent tricks like sticking her leg out of her trailer steps, pretending she was talking to someone inside just as Steve would pass by. It gave her an opportunity to 'chat'. Ugh.

Steve was amused by the methods she employed and actually looked forward to the next day's shoot to see what her next move would be. But he resisted her advances for two reasons(at least during this period;after he and i split up he succumbed to Natalie's charms, but that was years later). She had been married to a man he was fond of, Bob Wagner, and she was at present living with another man he liked, Warren Beatty. I doubt the fact that Steve was married to me even entered his mind. Marriage had nothing to do with it. I was his old lady and that was that.'

'I not only heard about Natalie's exploits from Steve, but also from other persons i knew who were working on the picture. I found these stories annoying as hell! Had Natalie known me better, she might have thought twice before going after my husband in such a blatant way. I do have this streak in me which requires me to settle a score, given the opportunity. The chance came in Paris a little over a year later.

In September 1964 France's leading television magazine, Tele 7 Jours, honored Steve with its 'Most Popular Television Actor' award. Steve was a big star in France. Most of the young people in Paris were wearing jeans in 'le style Steve Mac-Queen' patterned after the Levi's he wore in 'Wanted:Dead or Alive'. A French company, in partnership with our Solar Company, manufactured and distributed them. A department store in Paris had created a Steve McQueen Ranch on one of its floors to promote the sales of the Western clothes. There was an unprecedented two-weak-long celebration, which began with the magazine's award presentation at a huge luncheon and which culminated with the premiere of Love with the Proper Stranger on September 26, with the two stars in attendance.

Natalie apparently arrived at our hotel the day before the premiere. Alone. Gone was Warren Beatty. We had already enjoyed several days of celebration in Paris and we were riding high. Natalie called a few hours before we were to leave for the theater. She asked Steve if she could ride along with us. Steve didn't commit to an answer as he wanted to discuss it with me. I felt fate had dropped this opportunity in my lap and i seized it. Sweetly, i reminded him that at the moment he was the most popular person in Paris. Neither press nor public could get enough of him and they watched his every move. 'Naturally your co-star would want to come with us. Otherwise she would miss out on all that publicity', i said. 'But it's up to you, honey. Let's do whatever you want. It makes no never-mind to me.'

He thought a minute and then said, 'Yep, you're right. I'll tell her we're going someplace beforehand and we'll meet her there.'

Natalie was smart enough to detect what was going on and directed her driver to alert her the moment we appeared in the lobby. As i glanced back, i saw Natalie hurriedly get into her limousine. I nudged Steve. As soon as he saw what was happening he yelled to our driver, 'Vite, let's go!' A wild chase ensued, but we managed to arrive at the theater a good three or four minutes ahead of Natalie. Those minutes were crucial. The press descended on us as soon as our car appeared and were making a great fuss over us while Natalie Wood's arrival went unnoticed.

Natalie was annoyed over the incident, as well she should have been, and complained to Stan Kamen. Being the gentleman that he is, Stan passed that information on to me so i could bring it up to Steve so he could make amends to Natalie. Over my dead

by Dellareply 13206/06/2013

Over my dead body, i thought. I now felt vindicated and i could go on as if nothing had ever happened. Why rock the boat?'

by Dellareply 13306/06/2013

I wonder if RJ Wagner actually thought that she swam somewhere after she fell off the boat or he was glad to get rid of her. What a mess that situation is.His jealousy towards Chris Walken fucked up their lives and ended Natalie's.I wonder if Jill St John carries a live preserver whenever they go out on a boat together....

by Dellareply 13406/06/2013

As much as i like Natalie, she was not the loyal type. In Tony Curtis' memoirs he writes that Natalie slept with him. I wonder what urged her to flirt and sleep with many if not most of her co-stars?

I feel pity for Robert Wagner. He really loved her. For a man to take back a woman that cheated on him is a feat. Most men never forgive infidelity from their women. He adored Natalie and he thought the world of her. When they broke up for the first time, he took it very bad, Natalie wasn't just a beard for him as many of you imply! He worshiped her.

by Dellareply 13506/06/2013


by Dellareply 13606/07/2013

She was an empty vessel with a flat and strident voice. She epitomized the hazard of being a child actor turned adult actor. She couldn't conjure up any emotional depth because she spent too much of her life aping human behavior to ever comprehend it. She always made acting look like work.

by Dellareply 13706/07/2013

Natalie was a star more than an actress.

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by Dellareply 13906/07/2013


Christ, what is wrong with you, R130/132/133/135/136? Unclench. I read what you wrote. Thanks for posting it. Did you think you'd be named 'Queen of the DL' for a day for posting it? Relax, Mary.

by Dellareply 14006/07/2013



by Dellareply 14106/07/2013

I'm tired of you people.

by Dellareply 14206/07/2013

Ok iggy time. I'll make ages to come in here again. I don't appreciate ingratitude. Fuck you!

by Dellareply 14306/07/2013


by Dellareply 14407/07/2014

I saw 'The Great Race' the other day.

It is written that Natalie Wood reportedly did not like making this film, and would seize upon any excuse to miss a day's filming. Her main complaint was the fact that she felt she was being sexually harassed by both Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.

If it is true, then what Tony Curtis write about Natalie Wood is a lie. According to him Natalie Wood flirted him and tried to sleep with him...

by Dellareply 14505/08/2015

"The Great Race" was the third movie Natalie and Tony made together, so they knew each other well by 1965.

by Dellareply 14605/08/2015

That well?

by Dellareply 14705/08/2015

She was mostly competent but rarely stellar.

by Dellareply 14805/08/2015

If Natalie was sober, she probably wouldn't have get drowned.

The coroner said that her blood-alcohol level was above that of legal intoxication for drivers.It was consistent with having had seven, or eight glasses of wine with dinner.

He said that 'this was one of the factors involved in her not being able to respond in case of emergency.'

I highly doubt that Robert Wagner killed Natalie. It was an accident, the poor guy was mad about his wife. They indeed had a fight and they both were drunk, but poor RJ didn't really intend to kill her.

by Dellareply 14905/08/2015

They were a beautiful couple. It's really sad that their marriage ended this way.

by Dellareply 15005/08/2015

Wagner was tender and really loving with Natalie. It was stupid of her that he left him for a womanizer like Warren Beatty.

I don't know if Wagner was bisexual, but even if he was, he clearly loved Natalie above all.

by Dellareply 15105/08/2015

At the time of her death, Natalie was about to make her stage debut in Anastasia in Los Angeles in early 1982. Not sure how her voice would have projected, but she did do a lot of "live" television productions in the 1950's.

by Dellareply 15205/08/2015

Yes, i also don't believe that RJ was guilty. Otherwise, he wouldn't dare to write a book and speak about his life and Natalie, you know? He would simply shut the fuck up and speak about it only when he was asked.

Now, he is upset and if he is not cooperative with the new investigations about Natalie's death, that is because he cannot bear it anymore. He is just an old guy. I think it's offensive for someone who didn't really commit a crime to be a suspect forever. I believe it was an accident. There was probably some physical fight before, but that doesn't make him a killer.

by Dellareply 15305/08/2015

Fun fact: Natalie Wood and Cary Grant died on the same day, November 29th, five years apart. Natalie in 1981, Cary in 1986.

by Dellareply 15405/08/2015

R60 is one creepy fuck. "Penetrated without invitation?"

by Dellareply 15505/08/2015

What kind of wood doesn't float on water?

by Dellareply 15605/08/2015

Uhm, Natalie Wood!

by Dellareply 15705/08/2015

[quote]They were a beautiful couple. It's really sad that their marriage ended this way.

The first time or the second time?

by Dellareply 15805/08/2015

R158, the second time, definitely.

by Dellareply 15905/09/2015

Name one star today as beautiful, charismatic and appealing.

by Dellareply 16005/09/2015

Cue the Susan Richardson troll!

by Dellareply 16105/09/2015

Why do some sites include Natalie Wood among other bisexual celebrities? Was she indeed bi, or that is nonsense?

by Dellareply 16205/09/2015

Robert Wagner was way more handsome than Warren Beatty. I never understood what women saw in Beatty and so many of them fall for his bullshit.

by Dellareply 16305/09/2015

I was surprised she was a child actress. I saw this cornball tearjerker called "Our Very Own" starring Ann Blythe, pre-Twinkies and Jane Wyatt. Wood was just wonderful, real, funny and a complete natural. She became so much more studied and cautious as an adult actress.

by Dellareply 16405/09/2015

I have a reaction to Rosalind Russell.

by Dellareply 16505/09/2015
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