Muses

Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981)

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.

Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Natalie wood in Gypsy directed by Mervyn Leroy, 1962
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Natalie Wood and James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause directed by Nicholas Ray, 1955
Natalie Wood and James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause directed by Nicholas Ray, 1955
Natalie Wood, James Dean and Director  Nicholas Ray on the set of  Rebel Without a Cause ,1955
Natalie Wood, James Dean and Director Nicholas Ray on the set of Rebel Without a Cause ,1955
Natalie Wood and James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause directed by Nicholas Ray, 1955
Natalie Wood and James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause directed by Nicholas Ray, 1955
Natalie Wood and James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause directed by Nicholas Ray, 1955
Natalie Wood and James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause directed by Nicholas Ray, 1955
Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street directed by George Seaton, 1947
Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th Street directed by George Seaton, 1947
Portrait of Natalie Wood in All the Fine Young Cannibals directed by Micjhael Anderson, 1960
Portrait of Natalie Wood in All the Fine Young Cannibals directed by Micjhael Anderson, 1960
Portrait of Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner in All the Fine Young Cannibals directed by Micjhael Anderson, 1960
Portrait of Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner in All the Fine Young Cannibals directed by Micjhael Anderson, 1960
Natalie Wood in The Burning Hills directed by Stuart Heisler, 1956
Natalie Wood in The Burning Hills directed by Stuart Heisler, 1956
Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood in The Burning Hills directed by Stuart Heisler, 1956
Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood in The Burning Hills directed by Stuart Heisler, 1956
Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood in The Burning Hills directed by Stuart Heisler, 1956
Tab Hunter and Natalie Wood in The Burning Hills directed by Stuart Heisler, 1956
Natalie Wood in The Great Race directed by Blake Edwards, 1965
Natalie Wood in The Great Race directed by Blake Edwards, 1965
Natalie Wood and Robert Redford in Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Natalie Wood and Robert Redford in Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Portrait of Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Jack Lemon for The Great Race directed by Blake Edwards, 1965
Portrait of Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Jack Lemon for The Great Race directed by Blake Edwards, 1965
Robert Redford and Natalie Wood deep in conversation between takes of Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Robert Redford and Natalie Wood deep in conversation between takes of Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Natalie Wood for Love with the Proper Stranger directed by Robert Mulligan, 1963
Natalie Wood for Love with the Proper Stranger directed by Robert Mulligan, 1963
Natalie Wood for Love with the Proper Stranger directed by Robert Mulligan, 1963
Natalie Wood for Love with the Proper Stranger directed by Robert Mulligan, 1963
Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen in Love with the Proper Stranger directed by Robert Mulligan, 1963
Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen in Love with the Proper Stranger directed by Robert Mulligan, 1963
Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen in Love with the Proper Stranger directed by Robert Mulligan, 1963
Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen in Love with the Proper Stranger directed by Robert Mulligan, 1963
Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen in Love with the Proper Stranger directed by Robert Mulligan, 1963
Natalie Wood and Steve McQueen in Love with the Proper Stranger directed by Robert Mulligan, 1963
Portrait of Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly  for Marjorie Morningstar directed by Irving Rapper, 1958
Portrait of Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly for Marjorie Morningstar directed by Irving Rapper, 1958
Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Natalie Wood in West Side Story directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, 1961
Portrait of Natalie Wood for  Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan  1961
Portrait of Natalie Wood for Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan 1961
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan  1961
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan 1961
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan  1961
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan 1961
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan  1961
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan 1961
Joan Collins, Warren Beatty, Director Elia Kazan and  Natalie Wood on the set of Splendor in the Grass, 1961
Joan Collins, Warren Beatty, Director Elia Kazan and Natalie Wood on the set of Splendor in the Grass, 1961
Eliot Elisofon, Portrait of Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood for  Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan  1961
Eliot Elisofon, Portrait of Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood for Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan 1961
Portrait of Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Portrait of Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in  Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan  1961
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan 1961
Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan  1961
Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan 1961
Natalie Wood in  Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan  1961
Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass directed by Elia Kazan 1961
contact sheet of Natalie Wood in Inside Daisy Clover , directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
contact sheet of Natalie Wood in Inside Daisy Clover , directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Portrait of Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Portrait of Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1970's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1970's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1950's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1950's
Natalie Wood and Robert Redford in  Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Natalie Wood and Robert Redford in Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Portrait of Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Portrait of Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1950's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1950's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1970's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1970's
Natalie Wood in Penelope directed by Arthur Hiller, 1966
Natalie Wood in Penelope directed by Arthur Hiller, 1966
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Allan Grant, Academy Awards And Natalie Wood Dressing For A Premier, 1962
Allan Grant, Academy Awards And Natalie Wood Dressing For A Premier, 1962
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Natalie Wood in The Searchers directed by John Ford, 1958
Natalie Wood in The Searchers directed by John Ford, 1958
Natalie Wood in The Searchers directed by John Ford, 1958
Natalie Wood in The Searchers directed by John Ford, 1958
Publicity for Lux, 1960's
Publicity for Lux, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Ralph Crane, Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1950's
Ralph Crane, Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1950's
Ralph Crane, Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1950's
Ralph Crane, Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1950's
Paul Schutzer, Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1962
Paul Schutzer, Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1962
Allan Grant, Portrait of Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood attending the Academy Awards 1962
Allan Grant, Portrait of Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood attending the Academy Awards 1962
Bill Ray, Portrait of Michael Caine sweeping actress Natalie Wood off her feet, 1966
Bill Ray, Portrait of Michael Caine sweeping actress Natalie Wood off her feet, 1966
Paul Schutzer, Portrait of Natalie Wood Cannes Festival, 1963
Paul Schutzer, Portrait of Natalie Wood Cannes Festival, 1963
Paul Schutzer, Portrait of Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty Cannes Festival, 1963
Paul Schutzer, Portrait of Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty Cannes Festival, 1963
Paul Schutzer, Portrait of Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty Cannes Festival, 1963
Paul Schutzer, Portrait of Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty Cannes Festival, 1963
Natalie Wood in Penelope directed by Arthur Hiller, 1966
Natalie Wood in Penelope directed by Arthur Hiller, 1966
Natalie Wood in Penelope directed by Arthur Hiller, 1966
Natalie Wood in Penelope directed by Arthur Hiller, 1966
Eliott Gould, Natalie Wood, Robert Cuip and Dyan Cannon in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice directed by Paul Mazursky, 1969
Eliott Gould, Natalie Wood, Robert Cuip and Dyan Cannon in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice directed by Paul Mazursky, 1969
Natalie Wood in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice directed by Paul Mazursky, 1969
Natalie Wood in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice directed by Paul Mazursky, 1969
Natalie Wood in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice directed by Paul Mazursky, 1969
Natalie Wood in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice directed by Paul Mazursky, 1969
Ruth Gordon, Robert Redford and Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Ruth Gordon, Robert Redford and Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Ruth Gordon, Robert Redford and Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Ruth Gordon, Robert Redford and Natalie Wood for Inside Daisy Clover directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965
Portrait of Natalie Wood for  This Property Is Condemned directed by Sydney Pollack, 1966
Portrait of Natalie Wood for This Property Is Condemned directed by Sydney Pollack, 1966
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Portrait of Natalie Wood, 1960's
Robert Redford and Natalie Wood for
Robert Redford and Natalie Wood for "Inside Daisy Clover" directed by Robert Mulligan, 1965