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Wood in 1979
Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko
July 20, 1938
|Died||November 29, 1981 (aged 43)|
Santa Catalina Island, California, United States
|Cause of death||Drowning and other undetermined factors|
|Resting place||Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Other names||Natasha Gurdin|
Natalie Wood Wagner
|Education||Van Nuys High School|
Robert Wagner (m. 1957–1962)
Richard Gregson (m. 1969–1972)
Robert Wagner (m. 1972–1981)
|Children||Natasha Gregson Wagner (b. 1970)|
Courtney Wagner (b. 1974)
|Relatives||Lana Wood (sister)|
Early life[change | change source]
Natalie Wood's parents were Russian immigrants Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko and Maria Stepanovna. Her parents moved to Santa Rosa, California. The family moved to Los Angeles. Wood began a career there. Her younger sister, Svetlana Zacharenko also became an actress using the stage name Lana Wood.
Career[change | change source]
In the 1950s, Wood became a teen idol. When she shot the movie 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 movie. She got a Golden Globe Award nomination in the category New Star Of The Year – Actress.
Her most successful role was as "Maria" in the movie West Side Story in 1961.
Personal life[change | change source]
Wood was married to Robert Wagner from 1957 to 1962. She was married to Richard Gregson for a short time. They had a daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner. In 1972, Wood and Wagner married again.
Death[change | change source]
In 1981, Wood worked on the movie Brainstorm with Christopher Walken. During a boat trip with Walken and her husband Robert Wagner, she drowned near Santa Catalina Island, California. She is buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery.