Inside Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner's Tumultuous, Ultimately Tragic Romance | E! News
The then year-old actress, whose death investigation was recently reopened, segued into adult roles -- and behavior -- on the James Dean. Natalie Wood and James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause Lana, also recalled the strength of the couple's relationship in her book, Natalie. Help us build our profile of James Dean and Natalie Wood! Login to add information, pictures and relationships, join in discussions and get credit for your .
It demands to be experienced first hand.
The horror, the horror! Wood finds out and is literally driven mad — like rolling-around-on-the-ground palpably crazy. In movies, doctors never fall in love with other doctors; they always fall in love with their vulnerable yet beautiful patients. The film is overwrought and, in places, overpoweringly melodramatic.
Just weeks after Splendor hit theaters, Wood appeared in another film, a film even more visible than an Elia Kazan picture about sex. I kinda love it — even if it is about 30 minutes too long — but it is ridiculously bad. But like all bad musicals, while the film, as a whole, may not stand up to repeat viewings, you always have the magic of the remote control edit, a. Maybe she annoyed you in Rebel Without a Cause, maybe her romance with Wagner made you ralph.
But here, she gets beautiful clothes and mooney love scenes, and the result, however preposterous and campy, makes it nearly impossible to dislike her. Her separation and subsequent divorce from Bob Wagner only made for greater gossip fodder: A string of predictably mainstream roles followed: Wood plays a big surprise sexually suggestive and alluring woman attracted to a stranger Redfordand she uses her sexuality to 1 piss a bunch of people off; 2 get her way; 3 achieve fleeting, New Orleans-based happiness; and 4 another big surprise DIE.
This decade demonstrated that Wood could play two parts: With Dyan Cannon and Elliot Gould. The marketing was obviously a study in subtlety. When she tries hard, she just becomes an agitated iron butterfly.Pier Angeli (and Jimmy Dean)
When she tried to be sexual without the neuroses, or overly cute, there was just too much try. But her boring producer husband was cheating on her with the secretary, no less; how very Hollywood-screenplay of himand in AugustWood took her infant daughter and left.
Super sad, I know — but then she rediscovered her childhood love! And just like a Cary Grant comedy of remarriage, Wood and Wagner reunited, went through a whirlwind re-courtship, and married just five months later.
Wood gave birth to another daughter, Courtney, in The s version of The Minivan Majority must have been thrilled: Wood operated in semi-retirement for the rest of her life, aging the way Diane Lane has, which is to say she seemed to get only more luscious with time.
Wood was made famous for our generation by her death, which, yes, is sensational and belongs on Unsolved Mysteries on NBC on Wednesdays at 9 p.
The signs of her struggle were far less obvious, in part because her rise was less mercurial, her handling of stardom somehow more balanced. She was a survivor, as cliched and Hallmark-movie-of-the-week as that sounds, and at various points in her career wielded more power than any of her male co-stars.
And that, more than playing opposite James Dean, more than working herself into a true frenzy of repressed sexuality in Splendor in the Grass, evidences true talent.
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Just a person of interest. Wagner "absolutely does" know more than he's said, "because he's the last one to see her.
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An hour after that, he returned to their stateroom and she wasn't there. She probably skidded on one of the steps after untying the ropes. The steps are slick as ice because of the algae and seaweed that's always clinging to them. After slipping on the steps, she hit her head against the boat I only hope she was unconscious when she hit the water.
There were some fresh bruises on her legs and arms and an abrasion on her left cheek that could be synonymous with a fall.
Natalie Wood: Inside the Loves, Struggles and Shocking Final Tragedy of a Hollywood Icon
When Natalie died I thought my life was over. It's his fourth marriage, meanwhile, as he and Wood were married twice.
She broke his heart three years later. Wagner hails from the old studio system, where you signed a contract and toiled away while they figured out what to do with you. He had dramatic gravitas to spare, though, and even after his film career stalled in the s, he had a renaissance on TV.
The reception was held at the Hotel Valley Ho, which was recently renovated and remains touted as the former playground of some of Hollywood's biggest golden-age stars. It was myself I didn't know about. She first met Frank Sinatra, whom she dated in the s, when she was The actor resisted because Wagner was a friend, as was Beatty—and his wife closed ranks, visiting the set often. They lost touch in the later years of her life, but about 10 years ago Redford narrated one of those Turner Classic Movie montages in which one famous actor or relative of a huge star sings the praises of that star.
She said, 'no matter how silly it may seem, fans do have this feeling about you that you have to respect—but never let it overwhelm you. After her stomach had been pumped at a Hollywood hospital, she told her sister Lana Wood that she hadn't wanted to live anymore.
Redford served as best man. Meanwhile, Wagner was married to Marion Marshall from untilwith whom he has a daughter, Kate. The exes saw each other occasionally in passing, but then reconnected at a dinner party that each attended alone in Wood was six months pregnant. Wagner had just separated from Marshall. Wagner followed Wood home in his car to make sure she got back safely, after which they sat together and she asked if he was happy.
He sent flowers the next day. In the summer ofWood and Gregson amicably separated. She and Wagner started talking on the phone regularly and then he invited her to his home in Palm Desert, Calif.
Marie Osmond and Five Other Stars Who Remarried Their Exes As fate would have it, their passage was delayed a few days due to a violent storm in the Atlantic, one that had both of them thinking that their happy reunion might end up being awfully short.
Because there was no internet then, reporters awaiting the late ship were stunned to see Wagner and Wood debark together. He later recalled that he was broke at the time, shelling out money for his divorce, getting sued over a business deal gone wrong and having issues with the IRS.
But Wood was flush and didn't want to wait. The newly re-wedded spent their honeymoon cruising up and down the coast, also making a visit to Catalina. We deliberately hid our weaknesses from each other.