I'm watching the film "Gypsy" on TCM. Do you have a reaction to Natalie?
|by Della||reply 165||05/09/2015|
Her voice drives me nuts.
|by Della||reply 1||05/08/2011|
She was beautiful.
|by Della||reply 2||05/08/2011|
She's dead and bloated.%0D %0D Also wasn't a good actress.
|by Della||reply 3||05/08/2011|
Yes, I do.
|by Della||reply 4||05/08/2011|
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 Della||reply 5||05/08/2011|
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 Della||reply 6||05/08/2011|
beautiful. could be good in the right role w/ the right director.
|by Della||reply 7||05/08/2011|
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 Della||reply 8||05/08/2011|
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 Della||reply 10||05/08/2011|
Though it's a very uneven film, I love Natalie Wood in GYPSY. She was a very beautiful woman!
|by Della||reply 11||05/08/2011|
I have no reaction to Natalie Wood. That was the problem.
|by Della||reply 12||05/08/2011|
Wood and Lesley Ann Warren remind me of each other.
|by Della||reply 13||05/08/2011|
The current Miss Universe (Mexican Ximena Navarrette) reminds me of a young Natalie Wood.
|by Della||reply 14||05/08/2011|
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 Della||reply 15||05/08/2011|
Must see movies:%0D %0D Splendor in the Grass %0D %0D The Affair w/ Robert Wagner
|by Della||reply 16||05/08/2011|
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 Della||reply 17||05/08/2011|
Natalie Wood and RJ Wagner were always A List in Hollywood. Never lost luster here.
|by Della||reply 18||05/08/2011|
She gives a stellar performance in Splendor in the Grass - a must see.
|by Della||reply 19||05/08/2011|
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 Della||reply 20||05/08/2011|
No one has ever been better as Louise in GYPSY. She was a competent actress, but she had terrific screen presence.
|by Della||reply 21||05/08/2011|
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 Della||reply 22||05/08/2011|
Her mudda was a nut case.
|by Della||reply 23||05/08/2011|
She apparently Loved the Gays....so her acting and beauty get a pass on that alone
|by Della||reply 24||05/08/2011|
Her support and financing of Mart Crowley allowed and encouraged him to write The Boys in the Band.
|by Della||reply 25||05/08/2011|
She was super in "The Crackerjack Factory." A very underrated actress.
|by Della||reply 26||05/08/2011|
Her sister is a sick fuck.
|by Della||reply 27||05/08/2011|
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 Della||reply 28||05/08/2011|
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 Della||reply 29||05/09/2011|
This thread begs the question: what kind of wood doesn't float?
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|by Della||reply 31||05/09/2011|
[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 Della||reply 32||05/09/2011|
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 Della||reply 33||05/09/2011|
Come on, she was TERRIBLE in West Side Story. Her ham acting was unwatchable.
|by Della||reply 34||05/09/2011|
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 Della||reply 35||05/09/2011|
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 Della||reply 36||05/09/2011|
I said that I loved the WSS soundtrack, guys. Never said her performance.
|by Della||reply 37||05/09/2011|
I don't love her,but I like her.
|by Della||reply 38||05/09/2011|
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 Della||reply 39||05/09/2011|
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 Della||reply 40||05/09/2011|
Natalie Wood - the wood that DOESN'T float.
|by Della||reply 41||05/09/2011|
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 Della||reply 42||05/09/2011|
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.
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|by Della||reply 44||05/09/2011|
She was quite a tiny thing, you know.
|by Della||reply 45||05/09/2011|
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 Della||reply 46||05/10/2011|
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 Della||reply 47||05/10/2011|
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 Della||reply 48||05/10/2011|
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 Della||reply 49||05/10/2011|
"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 song...to me it's one of the most haunting images I've ever seen in a film. %0D %0D
|by Della||reply 50||05/10/2011|
She was so beautiful in "Rebel Without A Cause"...when she's wearing the red coat. I like that one!
|by Della||reply 51||05/10/2011|
she sucked dick like a champ
|by Della||reply 52||05/10/2011|
[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 Della||reply 53||05/10/2011|
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 Della||reply 54||05/10/2011|
Agree ,r54.%0D %0D "Marjorie Morningstar" should be credited as a film by "Alan Smithee."
|by Della||reply 55||05/10/2011|
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 Della||reply 56||05/10/2011|
[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 Della||reply 57||05/10/2011|
[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 Della||reply 58||05/11/2011|
You're a sick fuck r59, playacting the predator who penetrated her without invitation.
|by Della||reply 60||05/11/2011|
"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 Della||reply 61||05/11/2011|
R60,%0D %0D Daaaaahliiiiiiings, the working title for my unwritten biography was "Penetrated Without Invitation".
|by Della||reply 62||05/11/2011|
[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 Della||reply 63||05/11/2011|
Really, r63? Which co-stars said that about him?
|by Della||reply 64||05/12/2011|
Debbie Reynolds and Esther Williams, among others.
|by Della||reply 65||05/12/2011|
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 Della||reply 66||05/12/2011|
"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 Della||reply 67||05/13/2011|
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 Della||reply 68||05/13/2011|
R67 is an idiot.
|by Della||reply 69||05/13/2011|
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 Della||reply 70||05/13/2011|
Splendor in the Grass is the one that did it for me.
|by Della||reply 71||05/13/2011|
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 Della||reply 73||05/20/2011|
Natalie Wood you were there and you shined for some time. What more one can do?
|by Della||reply 74||11/11/2012|
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 Della||reply 75||11/11/2012|
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 Della||reply 76||11/11/2012|
Natalie did a terrific job in 'The Cracker Factory'. I got goosebumps from 1:00-2:00 because of her.
|by Della||reply 77||11/11/2012|
"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 Della||reply 78||11/11/2012|
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 Della||reply 79||11/11/2012|
Pretty, but one of the worst actresses to come out of the tail end of H'wood's Golden Age.
|by Della||reply 80||11/11/2012|
R80 what makes you consider Natalie Wood as a bad actress?????!!!!!!!
|by Della||reply 81||11/11/2012|
Not r80, but I'd guess: many of her bad performances.
|by Della||reply 82||11/11/2012|
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 Della||reply 83||11/11/2012|
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 Della||reply 84||11/11/2012|
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 Della||reply 85||11/11/2012|
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 Della||reply 86||11/11/2012|
Natalie Wood gets a piggyback ride from producer Arthur Loew, Jr., who stops when Paul Newman invites them to go go-cart racing, 1963.
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|by Della||reply 88||12/16/2012|
Natalie enjoying a bubble bath
|by Della||reply 89||12/16/2012|
A rare photo
|by Della||reply 90||12/16/2012|
I like Natalie a lot in this one. It's so natural.
|by Della||reply 91||12/16/2012|
The heat is on!
|by Della||reply 92||12/16/2012|
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
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|by Della||reply 94||12/16/2012|
They were mad about each other.
|by Della||reply 95||12/16/2012|
Natalie loved pets
|by Della||reply 96||12/16/2012|
Academy Award night
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With Tab Hunter.
God he was so gay!
|by Della||reply 98||12/16/2012|
I think this photo is rare too. I haven't seen that before, have you?
|by Della||reply 99||12/16/2012|
She was certainly sensual.
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|by Della||reply 101||12/16/2012|
She was a bad actress and never did her own singing!!! She was a fraud.
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|by Della||reply 103||12/16/2012|
Kid had so much stage fright during "Miracle on 34th Street" she peed my Santa suit twice during filming.
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|by Della||reply 105||12/16/2012|
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 Della||reply 106||12/16/2012|
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 Della||reply 107||12/18/2012|
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 Della||reply 108||12/18/2012|
Tab was really gay.
|by Della||reply 110||12/18/2012|
Robert Wagner was not gay. Maybe he was bi but not just gay.
|by Della||reply 111||12/19/2012|
She was sexy and maybe bi...
|by Della||reply 112||12/27/2012|
Natalie Wood and baby Natasha
|by Della||reply 113||12/27/2012|
Natalie Wood with the love of her life Robert Wagner
|by Della||reply 114||12/27/2012|
Natalie with her baby girl
|by Della||reply 115||12/27/2012|
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 Della||reply 116||12/27/2012|
Natalie with her husband Richard Gregson again
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Natalie with baby Natasha
|by Della||reply 118||12/27/2012|
Robert Wagner was a real hunk. I hope you make a thread for him nasty guys.
|by Della||reply 119||12/27/2012|
Natalie in some of her movies she really shines. She could give incredible performances when she was in a really good movie.
|by Della||reply 120||01/29/2013|
In his review of West Side Story, Leonard Maltin said she lacked charisma
|by Della||reply 121||01/29/2013|
Who is Leonard Maltin? The nerdy guy with the glasses?
I got it...
|by Della||reply 122||01/29/2013|
"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 Della||reply 123||01/29/2013|
[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 Della||reply 124||01/29/2013|
What's the only wood that doesn't float?
|by Della||reply 125||01/29/2013|
Loved her. So did the camera
|by Della||reply 127||01/29/2013|
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 Della||reply 128||01/29/2013|
My whole family enjoyed The Great Race. The four of them were hysterical in it. And Natalie was at her sexiest.
|by Della||reply 129||01/30/2013|
Natalie Wood & Hugh O’Brian, 1950s
|by Della||reply 130||03/13/2013|
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 Della||reply 131||05/05/2013|
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
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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?'
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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....
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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.
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YOU ARE ALL BITCHES. I WASTED A LOT OF TIME IN ORDER TO WRITE ALL THIS STUFF FROM THAT BOOK. IDIOTS!
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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.
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Natalie was a star more than an actress.
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I NEED MORE RESPONSES!
|by Della||reply 139||06/07/2013|
[quote]YOU ARE ALL BITCHES. I WASTED A LOT OF TIME IN ORDER TO WRITE ALL THIS STUFF FROM THAT BOOK. IDIOTS!
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.
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R140 I NEED ALL OF YOUR LOVIN' GUYS
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I'm tired of you people.
|by Della||reply 142||06/07/2013|
Ok iggy time. I'll make ages to come in here again. I don't appreciate ingratitude. Fuck you!
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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...
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"The Great Race" was the third movie Natalie and Tony made together, so they knew each other well by 1965.
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She was mostly competent but rarely stellar.
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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.
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They were a beautiful couple. It's really sad that their marriage ended this way.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Fun fact: Natalie Wood and Cary Grant died on the same day, November 29th, five years apart. Natalie in 1981, Cary in 1986.
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R60 is one creepy fuck. "Penetrated without invitation?"
|by Della||reply 155||05/08/2015|
What kind of wood doesn't float on water?
|by Della||reply 156||05/08/2015|
Uhm, Natalie Wood!
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[quote]They were a beautiful couple. It's really sad that their marriage ended this way.
The first time or the second time?
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R158, the second time, definitely.
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Name one star today as beautiful, charismatic and appealing.
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Cue the Susan Richardson troll!
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Why do some sites include Natalie Wood among other bisexual celebrities? Was she indeed bi, or that is nonsense?
|by Della||reply 162||05/09/2015|
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.
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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.
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I have a reaction to Rosalind Russell.
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