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Overview (5)

Born in San Francisco, California, USA
Died in Pacific Ocean off Santa Catalina Island, California, USA  (probable drowning and other undetermined factors)
Birth NameNatalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko
Nicknames Nat
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilov) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens. When she was just four years old, Natalie appeared in her first film, Happy Land (1943). A production company had come to Santa Rosa, California, where the Gurdins were living and Natalie won a bit part of a crying little girl who had just dropped her ice cream cone. With stars in her eyes for her daughter, Mrs. Gurdin packed the family and moved south to Los Angeles in the hopes that more films would come her daughter's way. Unfortunately they did not, at least not at first, and the family continued to scrape by much as they had done in Santa Rosa. In 1946 Natalie tested for a role in Tomorrow Is Forever (1946). She was only seven at the time, and flunked the screen test. Natalie's mother convinced the studio heads to give her another test, and this time she was convincing enough that they gave Natalie the role. In 1947's Miracle on 34th Street (1947), she won the hearts of movie patrons around the country as Susan Walker in a film that is considered a Christmas classic to this day.

Natalie stayed very busy as a child actress, appearing in no less than 18 films in the late 1940s and early 1950s. When she was 17 Natalie appeared in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) with James Dean, Sal Mineo and Dennis Hopper. She played Judy, a rebellious high school student who was more concerned with hanging out with the wrong crowd than being a sweet teenager like her contemporaries. The result was her first Academy Award nomination and a defining moment in her development as an adult actress. She appeared in Splendor in the Grass (1961), West Side Story (1961), Gypsy (1962), and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963).

While Natalie was reported to be unhappy making "West Side Story", the film did win Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. In short, it was a smash hit. Although she wasn't nominated for an Academy Award in that one, she did receive nominations for her roles in "Splendor in the Grass" and "Love with the Proper Stranger". After This Property Is Condemned (1966) in 1966, Natalie stayed away from Hollywood for three years to have time for herself and to consider where she was going. When she did return her star quality had not diminished a bit, as evidenced by her playing Carol Sanders in the hit Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). From that point on she didn't work as much. She made a few television appearances, but nothing of substance with the exception of the TV mini-series From Here to Eternity (1979).

After making The Last Married Couple in America (1980), Natalie began work on Brainstorm (1983) in the fall of 1981 with Christopher Walken. She did not live to see it released. On November 29, 1981, she was sailing on the yacht she shared with her husband, Robert Wagner, and their friend Walken, when Natalie fell in the ocean while trying to board the dinghy tied up alongside the yacht and drowned. She was 43 years old. Natalie had made 56 films for TV and the silver screen and it's hard to say what she could have done while making her comeback. "Brainstorm" was finally released in 1983.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson

Spouse (3)

Robert Wagner (16 July 1972 - 29 November 1981) ( her death) ( 1 child)
Richard Gregson (30 May 1969 - 12 April 1972) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Robert Wagner (28 December 1957 - 27 April 1962) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Large brown eyes always covered with heavy makeup
Small petite frame
Often played vulnerable characters put through emotional wringers
Relaxed speaking voice

Trivia (99)

Sister of Lana Wood.
She and Lana had a maternal half-sister, Olga Viripaeff (1928-2015), who was born in Harbin, China as Ovsanna Tatulov.
Named after director Sam Wood.
Her favorite actress was Vivien Leigh and her favorite singer was Bob Dylan.
She suffered from a deep fear of drowning after having barely survived an accident when she was a little girl, during the filming of The Green Promise (1949). Her fear was so great that Elia Kazan had to lie - promising a double - and trick her into doing the scenes at the water reservoir in Splendor in the Grass (1961).
Following her untimely death, she was interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California. On her grave, marked Natalie Wood Wagner: Beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother & friend "more than love".
Was commonly listed as 5' 3" wearing heels in movie magazines, though her actual height was 5' 2".
The Harvard Lampoon often singled her out for derision. On Saturday, April 23, 1966, she surprised the Lampoon's staff when she became the first performer they voted the year's worst to show up and accept her citation.
Reportedly turned down the role of Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) because she didn't want to be separated from her psychoanalyst while the film was on location in the Midwest.
Splendour, the name of the yacht Wood was on the night she died, was named after her movie Splendor in the Grass (1961).
An accident on a movie set (she fell into a river and almost drowned) when she was 9 years old left her with a permanently weakened left wrist and a slight bone protrusion, which, for the rest of her life, she hid with large bracelets. Regardless of the movie role, or anytime that she was out in public, she always wore a large bracelet on the left wrist.
The rubber dinghy "Prince Valiant" she had allegedly been trying to board after falling from husband Robert Wagner's yacht that fateful Thanksgiving weekend in 1981, was named after Wagner's movie Prince Valiant (1954), a film the actor considered among his worst.
Had planned to produce as well as star in I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977), but the leading role of Deborah Blake went to Kathleen Quinlan by the time the film was made.
Attended ballet classes as a child with Jill St. John and Stefanie Powers. All three women would go on to have long-term relationships with Robert Wagner.
Pallbearers at her funeral were Rock Hudson, Frank Sinatra, Laurence Olivier, Elia Kazan, Gregory Peck, David Niven and Fred Astaire. Hope Lange delivered a eulogy.
Daughter with Richard Gregson: Natasha Gregson Wagner (born September 29, 1970).
Daughter with Robert Wagner: Courtney Wagner (born March 9, 1974).
Her death was kismet, as she always cited a fear of water.
Her and co-star Richard Beymer's singing voices were both dubbed in West Side Story (1961). The woman who dubbed Natalie, Marni Nixon, also dubbed Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady (1964) and Deborah Kerr in The King and I (1956). It was later reported that Wood was disappointed that her singing voice was not used in the movie.
Her paternal grandparents were Stephan Zakharenko and Eudoxie Sauchenko, and her maternal grandparents were Stepan Ilich Zudilov and Maria Andreevna Kuleva. She was of Russian and Ukrainian ancestry. Her father was an architect and her mother was a ballerina. She could do a proper plié before she could barely walk.
Her mother, Maria, claimed that the family was closely related to the Romanov dynasty.
Spoke Russian and English.
Though some people cite her mother as being French, her mother is Russian. The source of this misconception comes from the studio that Natalie worked at when she was a child -- people noticed her mother's accent and when asked if she was French, Maria replied: "Oh yes", a white lie that would contribute to this confusion.
Younger sister Lana Wood made a ABC-TV special on Natalie's life, The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004).
Was given a chance to play Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (1974), but only under the condition that she screen test for the role since she hadn't made a movie in five years (and before that, nothing for three years). She refused to do the screen test and did not get the role.
By the early 1960s, Natalie Wood was considered one of Hollywood's most valuable and wanted actresses. Her career started to lose steam after a row of box office failures in the mid-1960s, but she was still getting big movie offers. Rather than accepting roles that could kick her career back into high gear (Barefoot in the Park (1967), Goodbye, Columbus (1969), Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)), she stopped working, and by the mid-1970s was no longer a hot property. She appeared in just 4 feature films during the last 15 years of her life, not counting her would-be comeback picture Brainstorm (1983), which was incomplete at the time of her death. It was ultimately finished and released, but Wood's character had to be written out of three scenes while a stand-in and changing camera angles were used for crucial shots.
She was cast as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1976) quite unexpectedly, without campaigning for the role. Wood explained that when Laurence Olivier would come to Hollywood, she would often be seated with him at the table at formal sit-down dinners. When Olivier decided to make a version of the Tennessee Williams play, he thought of casting Wood, his dinner companion, and her husband, Robert Wagner, in the husband-wife roles of Brick and Maggie. Naturally, they accepted.
Wood knew screenwriter Gavin Lambert as both were intimates of director Randy Suhr. In the early 1960s, he wrote a novel about an adolescent Hollywood starlet in the 1930s titled Inside Daisy Clover (1965). After reading the book, Wood telephoned Lambert and said, "I'd kill for that part". He assured her she was his first choice for the movie, for which he was writing the screenplay. She got the role and Ruth Gordon got her first Oscar nomination as an actress for portraying Daisy's mother.
Both she and her sister Lana Wood have played the love interest of Richard Beymer in two separate films: she as Maria opposite Richard's Tony in West Side Story (1961), and Lana as Karen opposite Richard's Dean in Scream Free! (1969) (aka Free Grass).
She was the inspiration of High School Musical (2006) star Vanessa Hudgens.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives." Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 889-890. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons (1998).
People magazine (USA) named her one of "The 25 Most Intriguing People of 1976" for the January 3, 1977 issue.
Entertainment Weekly placed her on the "100 greatest stars of all time" list, at #70.
Voted one of the top sex stars of the 1970s in Playboy magazine.
Called "The Most Beautiful Teenager in the World" by Life magazine in 1955.
Once interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger, before his career took off, for the magazine "Hollywood Reporter" in 1979. The article was entitled "The Body Meets the Face". Coincidentally and ironically, the final on-camera interview Natalie gave, on the set of Brainstorm (1983) a few weeks before her death in 1981, was conducted by Arnold's future wife Maria Shriver.
Her death was listed at number 24 on E! Television's 101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment.
Don Henley wrote the song "Dirty Laundry" to express his outrage at the tabloid press for their treatment of her after her death.
Met Robert Redford while attending Van Nuys High School. Redford was later her co-star in Inside Daisy Clover (1965) and This Property Is Condemned (1966) and served as best man at her 1969 wedding to Richard Gregson. They eventually lost touch and Redford was a no show at Natalie's funeral.
"Natalie's Song" by David Pack, was written about Natalie Wood.
"Eyes Like Natalie Wood" by Kathy Fleischmann, was written about her.
Would not leave her front door without wearing a full face of makeup, even if it was just to get the mail.
Started smoking at age 16. Gypsy (1962) co-star Morgan Brittany said of Wood, "I never saw her without a cigarette, ever." She quit smoking when she turned 40.
Godmother of her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner was Ruth Gordon, who played Natalie's mother in the film Inside Daisy Clover (1965).
In 1982, Wood was about to make a comeback following a decade and a half of semiretirement. On February 12, she was scheduled to make her stage debut playing the title role in "Anastasia" at the Ahmanson Theatre in L.A. Brainstorm (1983) was slated for release in July, and Timothy Hutton reported that he and Wood had purchased film rights to the Barbara Wersba book "Country of the Heart" and were planning to team in the drama about the professional/romantic relationship of a young writer and a successful novelist who's dying of cancer.
Her niece, Evan Taylor Maldonado (née Smedley) was born August 11, 1974 and died at age 42 from heart failure on July 18, 2017.
Minnesota lawyer Suzanne Finstad conducted more than 400 interviews for the myth-shattering book "Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood" (2001) and had the cooperation of her sister Lana Wood, who narrated the audio version. It's controversial and makes explosive claims regarding Natalie's early sex life, complex relationship with Robert Wagner, level of substance abuse and the circumstances surrounding her mysterious death.
Had an affair with 43-year-old director Nicholas Ray when she was 16 years old. Other way older (more than 20 years) men romantically linked to the underage Wood, according to a multitude of publications, included Raymond Burr, John Ireland and Frank Sinatra. What's baffling is that both Nicholas Ray and Raymond Burr were reportedly gay or bisexual - as were several of the slightly more age appropriate men Wood dated in her teens, such as Nick Adams and Scott Marlowe. According to Suzanne Finstad, Wood was brutally raped by a "powerful, married movie star" in her earlier adolescence and sought safety in the company of non-heterosexuals until she married Robert Wagner at the age of 19.
Had to get her stomach pumped at the hospital following sleeping pill overdoses in June 1961, November 1964 and January 1966. After the '66 suicide attempt, Wood abandoned her promising career to focus on her mental health and emotional well-being. She was 28.
Has multiple connections with the James Bond franchise. Her sister, Lana Wood, briefly appeared in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), in which Jill St. John (who is married to Wood's widower, Robert Wagner) played the main Bond girl. Wood co-starred in Meteor (1979) with Sean Connery, who played Bond in seven films, and in Brainstorm (1983), she co-starred with Christopher Walken, who was a Bond villain in A View to a Kill (1985). She also co-starred in From Here to Eternity (1979) with Kim Basinger, who was a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again (1983). Her widower, Robert Wagner, played Number Two in the Austin Powers trilogy which parodies early Bond films.
Was Maureen O'Hara's daughter in two movies, one being the classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947). Natalie referred to Maureen as Mama Maureen until her death on November 29, 1981.
Columbia Pictures secured the film rights for the Henry De Vere Stacpoole novel "The Blue Lagoon" in the mid-1950s, with Natalie in the role of Emmeline Lestrange. However, the project was shelved for many years and was not filmed until the late 1970s and the film The Blue Lagoon (1980) ultimately starred Brooke Shields. Columbia bought this for the American remake of The Blue Lagoon (1949) starring Jean Simmons. The first edition of the movie was made by an English company in 1923, just after the book was written.
Had she lived, she would've become a first-time grandmother on May 30, 2012 when her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner had a girl named Clover Clementyne Watson. The father is Barry Watson, whom Natasha has since married.
Wood's death certificate was modified to show some of the uncertainties surrounding the actress' death. The document was amended in August 2012 and changed from accidental drowning to "drowning and other undetermined factors", according to a copy of the certificate obtained August 21, 2012 by The Associated Press.
Dated California Governor Jerry Brown, writer/director Henry Jaglom, racecar driver Lance Reventlow, hotel heir Conrad Hilton Jr., producers Arthur M. Loew Jr. and Sandy Whitelaw, actors Warren Beatty, Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay, Dennis Hopper, Tom Irish (when he was 24 and she was 13, though Irish says he didn't know Natalie's age at the time), Richard Johnson, Perry Lopez, Scott Marlowe, Steve McQueen (for about 10 days in 1971, not when they made Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) as one might assume), Martin Milner, David Niven Jr., Robert Vaughn, Adam West, James Westmoreland and Stuart Whitman, talent agent David Andrews, lawyer David Gorton, and shoe manufacturer Ladislav Blatnik, to whom she was engaged in 1965. Though much publicity was generated about she and Elvis Presley supposedly being an item in 1956, actually the two only went out for less than a month and by all accounts their relationship was never consummated; according to Faye Michael Nuell, Wood considered Presley a friend rather than a boyfriend. Wood was also escorted by actors Nick Adams, Tab Hunter and Sal Mineo, but it is now generally accepted as fact that these relationships were platonic. Per Suzanne Finstad's biography, she lost her virginity to Jimmy Williams, a schoolmate whom she met at age 12 and dated from ages 14 to 15. She had kissed at least 47 men by the time she was 30. Much debate continues to exist over whether she had an affair with Christopher Walken, who maintains complete silence on the matter.
She was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 1, 1986.
She was posthumously awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, California on December 7, 2007.
In 1990, Dennis Hopper told a story on Late Night with David Letterman (1982) of a weekend 16-year-old Natalie wanted to have an orgy in a bathtub full of champagne. Natalie and another young girl went up to a cabin in the mountains with Hopper and Nick Adams and filled up the tub with champagne. Natalie wanted to be the first one in. She sat down in the tub and started screaming hysterically, because her private parts had been stung. The orgy did not happen; she had to be rushed to the emergency room.
Had appeared with Jim Backus in four films: Father Was a Fullback (1949), The Rose Bowl Story (1952), Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and The Girl He Left Behind (1956).
Won consecutive Box Office Blue Ribbon Awards for Tomorrow Is Forever (1946) and Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
Admired and wanted to emulate Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh and Elizabeth Taylor. Leigh was her favorite actress.
Irving Pichel's partners, William Goetz and Leo Spitz, changed her last name to Wood in honor of director Sam Wood. Her first name Natalie was an Americanization of her Russian name.
Co-star and longtime friend Robert Hyatt said of her: "Natalie would get up in the morning and take a Dexie [Dexadryne], then she would have a bowl of chicken noodle soup and a glass of white wine for breakfast".
Bowed out of The Mirror Crack'd (1980) due to creative differences. At 41, she wasn't ready to be seen as "aging" when other actresses her age were still getting sexy parts. Elizabeth Taylor took over the role.
She was cast as the Russian astrophysicist Dr. Tatiana Donskaya in Meteor (1979) because she spoke fluent Russian.
In November 2013, reports surfaced that in 1973 Wood had become romantically involved with a Washington, D.C. based FBI agent named Donald Wilson at an Idaho resort. When they met, Wilson was on a speaking tour in Idaho on behalf of the FBI and Wood had secluded herself from her husband Robert Wagner following a violent argument between the two. When Wood first met Wilson at the Coeur Alene, Idaho resort in 1973, she was pregnant with the only child she would have with Wagner. It is believed that both Wood and Wilson spent their first night together in Wood's hotel suite following a late night of dinner and dancing. The following morning, Wilson was driven to the Spokane, Washington airport by an Idaho state police trooper allowing for Wilson to return to Washington, D.C. Wood and Wilson are believed to have continued their carefully secreted love affair which supposedly ended in 1977 in Greensboro, North Carolina due to concerns Wood had that public disclosure of their relationship would harm both her film career and Wilson's FBI career. There are unconfirmed rumors that in the late 1970s, Wood was pregnant with Wilson's child and may have terminated her pregnancy under an assumed name at an unknown medical facility in either Durham or Raleigh, North Carolina.
Her 38-year-old daughter Courtney Wagner was arrested for cocaine and heroin possession in 2012 when police searched her Malibu home after receiving a report of gunshots fired at the house. According to Natalie's sister Lana Wood, Courtney has attempted suicide in the past and for a time was receiving psychiatric care. "My sister would be devastated if she knew how Courtney has ruined her life," said Lana. In 2017, at 43 - the same age Natalie was when she died - Courtney was arrested again, this time in Ojai, California for public drunkenness.
None of the living major celebrities who got to know Natalie personally will speak about her publicly except as a passing mention. In Wood's episodes of E! True Hollywood Story (1996), Biography (1987) and Too Young to Die (2012), the interviewees are mostly non-famous people.
Spent her last night alive in room 126 at the Pavilion Lodge on Catalina Island with Dennis Davern. According to Davern, nothing sexual went on; Wood simply hated sleeping alone.
Retired FBI agent Donald Wilson has discussed his four-year affair with Wood in tabloid articles, on social media, and in a filmed interview for National Enquirer Investigates (2016). Wilson claims Wood told him remarrying Robert Wagner was the biggest mistake of her life and she does not know why she did it.
According to Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood was considered by her own family as a bread winner. She brought money home as an actress since her childhood.
Born on the same date as Diana Rigg.
Her parents were married on February 8, 1938. (Her mother had filed for divorce from her first husband in October 1935 and it was finalized in April 1937.) Why her mother waited until she was four months pregnant with Natalie to get married is a mystery.
Delivered her daughter Courtney Wagner via Caesarean section.
In the 1950s she was known as a "Hollywood Badgirl" along with Janet Leigh & Debbie Reynolds.
Barbara Rush replaced her in The Young Philadelphians (1959) after she had been put on studio suspension for refusing the role.
Director Sydney Pollack credits her with his big break.
Turned down the role of Judith Anderson in The Devil's Disciple (1959) because she didn't want to work with Kirk Douglas for "personal" reasons.
Stepmother of Katie Wagner.
She was considered for Katharine Ross' roles in The Graduate (1967) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).
Was replaced by Suzanne Pleshette for the lead in Rome Adventure (1962). Wood withdrew from the film due to a nervous breakdown in the wake of her split from Robert Wagner, ODing on pills and falling into a coma. It had nothing to do with getting a tonsillectomy, as has been wrongly reported.
Told a reporter from Ladies Home Journal in 1978 that she regularly took the barbiturate Seconal to go to sleep at night. According to biographer Suzanne Finstad, sleeping pills had been part of Wood's bedtime routine since she was 15. Wood was taking at least eight prescription drugs, including the painkiller Darvon, at the time of her death.
She was considered for the role of Lacey Lynnton in Giant (1956).
Both her husbands were 8 years older than she, and both have lived more than twice as long as she did.
Both she and her sister Lana Wood had abortions. Lana had one in Tijuana in 1963 at age 17 (mentioned in her 1984 memoir), and Natalie had one in North Carolina in 1977 at age 39 (revealed by informed sources via a 2013 press release that was picked up by the tabloids but not mainstream media). Their mother, Maria Zudilov, claimed to have undergone several abortions as a teenager in the 1920s, and had a miscarriage in 1932.
At the time of her death she was in the early stages of planning to redivorce Wagner, according to her sister and at least two other people who knew her. Their first marriage ended in June 1961 when Wood found him "in a compromising position with another man" according to Suzanne Finstad's book, which came out in 2001. (Through representatives, Wagner denies the incident.) 17 years after its original publication, the allegation received renewed publicity thanks to Dylan Howard's podcast series "Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood" (2018). The claim was finally spoken out loud on network television during a September 14, 2018 Dr. Phil (2002) segment featuring Lana Wood, Dennis Davern and Marti Rulli. For decades, it was uncontestedly reported that Wood's "affair" with Warren Beatty had been the cause of her first divorce from Wagner, but friends of the actress say Wood idly allowed gossip magazines to print that rubbish story in order to help Wagner save face over his bisexuality - which would've ruined his career if it became public knowledge back then.
Her mother claimed to be born in 1912, even on legal documents, but was actually born in 1908. Suzanne Finstad uncovered this revelation by tracking down ship manifests and talking to Natalie's cousins. Her mother was four years older than her father and lied about her age because it was considered stigmatic for a woman to marry a younger man. See also, e.g., Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz.
Lobbied hard for the part of Beth Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980) and the title role in Sophie's Choice (1982), but lost out to Mary Tyler Moore and Meryl Streep, respectively.
Co-starred with Tony Curtis in three films: Kings Go Forth (1958), Sex and the Single Girl (1964) and The Great Race (1965). In his 2008 memoir "American Prince," Curtis claimed to have had an affair with her.
Turned down A Summer Place (1959), The Miracle (1959), This Earth Is Mine (1959), Lisa (1962), Term of Trial (1962), The Collector (1965), The Towering Inferno (1974) and The Other Side of the Mountain (1975).
Longtime hairdresser Sugar Blymyer said that when Natalie was filming, she'd never have more than one glass of wine at night because it would show up the next day on camera. But makeup artist Ron Snyder said Wood was always drinking margaritas in her trailer at the end of the day while making The Last Married Couple in America (1980).
She drove a Mercedes.
Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced that Robert Wagner has been named a "Person of Interest" in the death of Natalie Wood. [February 2018]
It is often incorrectly stated that Wood was Jewish. She was raised as a Russian Orthodox Christian and remained in the church.
When Natalie Wood died in 1981, there was almost no explanation given to the public and alarmingly little media coverage. It's the tabloids that have kept the case in the news all these years.
Burned all of Warren Beatty's clothes when she found out he'd been sleeping around.
Besides her niece Evan Maldonado, she had three half-nephews: Alex (b. 1950), Dimitri (b. 1952) and Michael Viripaeff (1958-2005).
She has appeared in four films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), The Searchers (1956) and West Side Story (1961).

Personal Quotes (14)

You get tough in this business, until you get big enough to hire people to get tough for you. Then you can sit back and be a lady.
In so many ways I think it's a bore to be sorry you were a child actor - so many people feel sorry for you automatically. At the time, I wasn't aware of the things I missed, so why should I think of them in retrospect? Everybody misses something or other.
I felt a little funny when we were going to do the bed scene, all four of us, in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). I'm open to suggestions, I'm no prude, but four is a crowd in my book. Fortunately, Dyan Cannon was there. The thought of another woman being in there in the bed helped get me through it. It's not like it sounds. It's just that I don't think I could have done it if it had been me and three men.
[on being a child actor] I spent practically all my time in the company of adults. I was very withdrawn, very shy, I did what I was told and I tried not to disappoint anybody. I knew I had a duty to perform, and I was trained to follow orders.
[shortly before her death] You know what I want? I want yesterday.
[on Elvis Presley] There was nothing serious between Elvis and me, nothing at all.
I've always been terrified, still am, of water -- dark water, sea water, or, you know, river water.
[on Marilyn Monroe] When you look at Marilyn on the screen, you don't want anything bad to happen to her. You really care that she should be all right... happy.
[on remarrying Robert Wagner] Sometimes, it's better to have the devil you know than the devil you don't.
My life has been sort of reversed. I was working when other girls were going to school and when other women were reaching the age when they wanted careers, I was most interested in staying home.
If it weren't for analysis, I'd probably be dead.
[on marijuana] We've tried it here and there. Definitely I think one's own senses are much preferable, and everything is more heightened when you have a natural sense of yourself. I mean there's nothing more terrific than the feeling of your own emotions and everything being really alert, not dulled by some weed or pill.
I think there's a big difference between taking one Seconal at night to go to sleep, and abusing drugs. I mean, first of all, it was prescribed for me by my doctor. And I never took more than that. I've never been on drugs in my life.
I hate the ocean, I hate the water. I can't swim and I don't like to be around it.

Salary (10)

Dear Brat (1951) $2,333
Just for You (1952) $6,500
Kings Go Forth (1958) $750 per week
Cash McCall (1960) $150,000
All the Fine Young Cannibals (1960) $150,000
West Side Story (1961) $250,000
Sex and the Single Girl (1964) $750,000
The Great Race (1965) $7,000 (Director Blake Edwards and co-star Jack Lemmon each gave her half of his respective salary)
Penelope (1966) $750,000
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) $250,000 + 10% of the net profits.

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