Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood (born Natalie Zacharenko, July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American actress who began her career in film as a child and successfully transitioned to young adult roles. She was the recipient of four Golden Globes and three Academy Award nominations. Born in San Francisco to Russian immigrant parents, Wood started acting at age four and was given a co-starring role at age 8 in Miracle on 34th Street (1947). As a teenager, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), followed by a role in John Ford's The Searchers (1956). Wood starred in the musical films West Side Story (1961) and Gypsy (1962), and received nominations for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in Splendor in the Grass (1961) and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963). Her career continued with films such as Sex and the Single Girl (1964), Inside Daisy Clover (1964), and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). During the 1970s, Wood began a hiatus from film and had two daughters by different men; one with her second husband Richard Gregson, and one with Robert Wagner, her first husband whom she married again after divorcing Gregson. She acted in only two feature films throughout the decade, but appeared slightly more often in television productions, including a remake of From Here to Eternity (1979) for which she won a Golden Globe Award. Wood's films represented a "coming of age" for her and for ...

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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Kris Kringle, seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy's following his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. His portrayal is so complete that many begin to question if he truly is Santa Claus, while others ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Seaton
CAST:  Maureen O'Hara  •  John Payne  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Gene Lockhart

Kris Kringle, seemingly the embodiment of Santa Claus, is asked to portray the jolly old fellow at Macy's following his performance in the Thanksgiving Day parade. His portrayal is so complete that many begin to question if he truly is Santa Claus, while others ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Seaton
CAST:  Maureen O'Hara  •  John Payne  •  Edmund Gwenn  •  Gene Lockhart

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

Bob and Carol Sanders are best friends with Ted and Alice Henderson. After attending a weekend self-help/ self-discovery getaway, Bob and Carol feel newly enlightened, and want their friends to feel the same way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Robert Culp  •  Elliott Gould  •  Dyan Cannon

Bob and Carol Sanders are best friends with Ted and Alice Henderson. After attending a weekend self-help/ self-discovery getaway, Bob and Carol feel newly enlightened, and want their friends to feel the same way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Robert Culp  •  Elliott Gould  •  Dyan Cannon

Brainstorm (1983)

Two brilliant research scientists have invented a device capable of recording and playing back sensory experiences only to have devastating results when one of them records their own death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Trumbull
CAST:  Christopher Walken  •  Natalie Wood  •  Louise Fletcher  •  Cliff Robertson

Two brilliant research scientists have invented a device capable of recording and playing back sensory experiences only to have devastating results when one of them records their own death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Douglas Trumbull
CAST:  Christopher Walken  •  Natalie Wood  •  Louise Fletcher  •  Cliff Robertson

Meteor (1979)

After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading towards Earth. If it will hit it will cause a incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish mankind. To stop the meteor NASA wants to use the illegal nuclear weapon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Natalie Wood  •  Karl Malden  •  Brian Keith

After a collision with a comet, a nearly 8km wide piece of the asteroid "Orpheus" is heading towards Earth. If it will hit it will cause a incredible catastrophe which will probably extinguish mankind. To stop the meteor NASA wants to use the illegal nuclear weapon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Sean Connery  •  Natalie Wood  •  Karl Malden  •  Brian Keith

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

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After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato, and falls for local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Dean  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sal Mineo  •  Ann Doran

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato, and falls for local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Dean  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sal Mineo  •  Ann Doran

Splendor in the Grass (1961)

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A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Warren Beatty  •  Pat Hingle  •  Audrey Christie

A fragile Kansas girl's unrequited and forbidden love for a handsome young man from the town's most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Warren Beatty  •  Pat Hingle  •  Audrey Christie

The Candidate (1972)

Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Ritchie
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Peter Boyle  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Don Porter

Bill McKay is a candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. He has no hope of winning, so he is willing to tweak the establishment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Ritchie
CAST:  Robert Redford  •  Peter Boyle  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Don Porter

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

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In 1900, strong-willed widow Lucy Muir goes to live in Gull Cottage by the British seaside, even though it appears to be haunted. On her very first night she meets the ghost of the crusty former owner, Captain Gregg—and refuses to be scared off. They eventually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Gene Tierney  •  Rex Harrison  •  George Sanders  •  Edna Best

In 1900, strong-willed widow Lucy Muir goes to live in Gull Cottage by the British seaside, even though it appears to be haunted. On her very first night she meets the ghost of the crusty former owner, Captain Gregg—and refuses to be scared off. They eventually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
CAST:  Gene Tierney  •  Rex Harrison  •  George Sanders  •  Edna Best

The Great Race (1965)

Professional daredevil and white-suited hero, The Great Leslie, convinces turn-of-the-century auto makers that a race from New York to Paris (westward across America, the Bering Straight and Russia) will help to promote automobile sales. Leslie's arch-rival, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Tony Curtis  •  Natalie Wood  •  Peter Falk

Professional daredevil and white-suited hero, The Great Leslie, convinces turn-of-the-century auto makers that a race from New York to Paris (westward across America, the Bering Straight and Russia) will help to promote automobile sales. Leslie's arch-rival, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Jack Lemmon  •  Tony Curtis  •  Natalie Wood  •  Peter Falk

The Jackpot (1950)

Jimmy Stewart's Bill Lawrence wins a bevy or prizes from a radio program, but ends up having to sell them all in order to pay the taxes he's incurred.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Lang
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Barbara Hale  •  Natalie Wood  •  James Gleason

Jimmy Stewart's Bill Lawrence wins a bevy or prizes from a radio program, but ends up having to sell them all in order to pay the taxes he's incurred.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Lang
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Barbara Hale  •  Natalie Wood  •  James Gleason

The Searchers (1956)

As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Jeffrey Hunter  •  Vera Miles  •  Natalie Wood

As a Civil War veteran spends years searching for a young niece captured by Indians, his motivation becomes increasingly questionable.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Ford
CAST:  John Wayne  •  Jeffrey Hunter  •  Vera Miles  •  Natalie Wood

This Property Is Condemned (1966)

A railroad official, Owen Legate comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down much of the town's railway (town's main income). Owen unexpectedly finds love with Dodson's flirt and main attraction, Alva Starr. Alva and Owen then try to escape Alva's mother's (Hazel) ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sydney Pollack
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Robert Redford  •  Charles Bronson  •  Kate Reid

A railroad official, Owen Legate comes to Dodson, Mississippi to shut down much of the town's railway (town's main income). Owen unexpectedly finds love with Dodson's flirt and main attraction, Alva Starr. Alva and Owen then try to escape Alva's mother's (Hazel) ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sydney Pollack
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Robert Redford  •  Charles Bronson  •  Kate Reid

West Side Story (1961)

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In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise  •  Jerome Robbins
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Richard Beymer  •  Russ Tamblyn  •  Rita Moreno

In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighborhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Wise  •  Jerome Robbins
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Richard Beymer  •  Russ Tamblyn  •  Rita Moreno

The Blue Veil (1951)

A World War I widow loses her only child and spends the rest of her life as a children's nurse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt  •  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Charles Laughton  •  Joan Blondell  •  Richard Carlson

A World War I widow loses her only child and spends the rest of her life as a children's nurse.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Bernhardt  •  Busby Berkeley
CAST:  Jane Wyman  •  Charles Laughton  •  Joan Blondell  •  Richard Carlson

The Star (1952)

A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but continues to desire a comeback.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Heisler
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Warner Anderson

A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but continues to desire a comeback.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Heisler
CAST:  Bette Davis  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Warner Anderson

Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)

Angie Rossini, an innocent New York City sales clerk from a repressive Italian-American family, engages in a short-lived affair with a handsome jazz musician named Rocky Papasano. When Angie becomes pregnant, she tracks down Rocky hoping he'll pay for her abortion. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Steve McQueen  •  Edie Adams  •  Herschel Bernardi

Angie Rossini, an innocent New York City sales clerk from a repressive Italian-American family, engages in a short-lived affair with a handsome jazz musician named Rocky Papasano. When Angie becomes pregnant, she tracks down Rocky hoping he'll pay for her abortion. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Steve McQueen  •  Edie Adams  •  Herschel Bernardi

The Last Married Couple in America (1980)

Jeff and Mari Thompson are contently married, but they are stunned to see many of their friends and neighbors going through separations and divorces. Seemingly surrounded by people with domestic problems, Jeff and Mari begin to question their own relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilbert Cates
CAST:  George Segal  •  Natalie Wood  •  Richard Benjamin  •  Valerie Harper

Jeff and Mari Thompson are contently married, but they are stunned to see many of their friends and neighbors going through separations and divorces. Seemingly surrounded by people with domestic problems, Jeff and Mari begin to question their own relationship.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilbert Cates
CAST:  George Segal  •  Natalie Wood  •  Richard Benjamin  •  Valerie Harper

Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

A girl on the road to stardom fights the dehumanizing effects of Hollywood life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Robert Redford  •  Roddy McDowall

A girl on the road to stardom fights the dehumanizing effects of Hollywood life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Mulligan
CAST:  Natalie Wood  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Robert Redford  •  Roddy McDowall

One Desire (1955)

The "one desire" of ex-gambler Clint Saunders and bar woman Tacey Cromwell is to escape their shady former lives and settle down to respectability. With Clint's younger brother and an orphaned girl in tow, the couple moves to a Colorado mining town where their love ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Hopper
CAST:  Anne Baxter  •  Rock Hudson  •  Julie Adams  •  Carl Benton Reid

The "one desire" of ex-gambler Clint Saunders and bar woman Tacey Cromwell is to escape their shady former lives and settle down to respectability. With Clint's younger brother and an orphaned girl in tow, the couple moves to a Colorado mining town where their love ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jerry Hopper
CAST:  Anne Baxter  •  Rock Hudson  •  Julie Adams  •  Carl Benton Reid

Dear Brat (1951)

Mirian Wilkins, teen-age daughter of Senator Wilkins, starts a Society for the Rahabilitation of Criminals and, without the approval or knowledge of the Senator, elects him to the position of honorary president. When a new gardener, Bacter, of the family turns out ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Seiter
CAST:  Edward Arnold  •  Mona Freeman  •  Mary Philips  •  Billy De Wolfe

Mirian Wilkins, teen-age daughter of Senator Wilkins, starts a Society for the Rahabilitation of Criminals and, without the approval or knowledge of the Senator, elects him to the position of honorary president. When a new gardener, Bacter, of the family turns out ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William A. Seiter
CAST:  Edward Arnold  •  Mona Freeman  •  Mary Philips  •  Billy De Wolfe
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