Happy Birthday: Natalie Wood (1938–1981)

nataliewood.jpgNatalie Wood (1938–1981)

Born: July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California, USA

Died: November 29, 1981 (age 43) in Santa Catalina Island, California, USA

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 16 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 Splendour in the Grass (1961), West Side Story (1961), Gypsy (1962), and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963).

The StarThe Star
1952
dir. Stuart Heisler
Starring
Bette Davis
Wood
Sterling Haydena
THE SEARCHERSThe Searchers
1956
dir. John Ford
Starring
John Wayne
Vera Miles
Splendor in the GrassSplendor in the Grass
1961
dir. Kazan
starring
Wood
Warren Beatty
WEST SIDE STORYWest Side Story
1961
dir. Robert Wise
Jerome Robbins
Starring
Wood
Richard Beymer
GYPSYGypsy
1962
dir. Mervyn LeRoy
Starring
Rosalind Russell
Wood
Karl Malden
The CandidateThe Candidate
1972
dir. by Michael Ritchie
starring
Robert Redford
Peter Boyle

 

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