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Early life[change | change source]
Natalie Wood was born from Russian immigrant parents Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko and Maria Stepanovna. Her parents moved to Santa Rosa, California. Wood became known in this city centre. The family moved to Los Angeles and Wood began a career there. Her younger sister, Svetlana Zacharenko became also an actress as Lana Wood and she became a Bond girl.
Career[change | change source]
Wood had shot movies with 4 years. In 1950s, she became a famous teen idol. When she shot the film Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean, she was 16 years old. She got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role as Judy in this film and a Golden Globe Award nomination in the category New Star Of The Year – Actress.
Her greatest cinema success is her role as Maria in the film West Side Story in 1961
Personaly life[change | change source]
Wood had many dating with older men, when she was a teenager, like Tab Hunter, Nick Adams, Raymond Burr, Steve McQueen, Tony Curtis, Warren Beatty, Dennis Hopper, Elvis Presley, director Henry Jaglom, and politician Jerry Brown. She had a relationship with director Nicholas Ray, when she was just 16 years old and he was 43.
Wood was married with Robert Wagner from 1957 to 1962. She was married with Richard Gregson for a short time. They got a daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner. In 1972, Wood and Wagner have married again.
Death[change | change source]
In 1981, she worked on the fim Brainstorm with Christopher Walken. During a boat trip with her husband Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken, she drowned in Santa Catalina Island, California. She had her final resting place at the cemetery Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.