Born in San Francisco to Russian immigrant parents, Natalie Wood was pushed by her ambitious mother from a very young age as she was convinced her daughter was meant for stardom. She first starred opposite Claudette Colbert and Orson Welles, in Tomorrow is Forever, at the age of 7 before obtaining her first major role in Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street, in 1947, which led her to becoming one of Hollywood's most popular child star. Her successful transition into more adult roles occurred with Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause, in 1955 and Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass, in 1961. Her career reached its peak when she played the part of Maria in West Side Story, in 1961 and the films, Love with the Proper Stranger, in 1963 and Inside Daisy Clover, in 1965, opposite Robert Redford. Although, her professional career was flourishing, the actress fell into deep depression and sought therapy to overcome her anxieties and drifting love life. In 1970, with the birth of her first child, she lessened her film features and had to confront her second husband's infidelity before divorcing, in 1971 and returning to her first husband, actor Robert Wagner. After their marriage, in 1972, she decided to take more time for her family and accepted fewer roles. In 1981, Natalie Wood was found dead from drowning after an evening spent on her boat with her husband and last film, Brainstorm, co-star, Christopher Walken. Her mysterious death originally classified as an accident due to a combination of alcohol, medication and unskilled swimming, still arouses many questions due to the many bruises found on the actress's body. With a personal life and death rivalling the plot of any Hollywood film, the beautiful brunette turned into a legend.