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Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood, c. 1960
Born Natalie Zacharenko[1][2]
(1938-07-20)July 20, 1938
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died November 29, 1981(1981-11-29) (aged 43)
Off Santa Catalina Island, California
Cause of death Drowning and other undetermined factors[3]
Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery
Other names Natasha Gurdin
Education Van Nuys High School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1943–1981
Spouse(s)

Robert Wagner (m. 1957–62)
Richard Gregson (m. 1969–72)
Robert Wagner (m. 1972–81)

Children Natasha Gregson Wagner
Courtney Wagner
Relatives Lana Wood (sister)

I saw my parents as gods whose every wish must be obeyed or I would suffer the penalty of anguish and guilt.
Natalie Wood
My mother used to tell me, No matter what they ask you, always say yes. You can learn later.
Natalie Wood
For the first time I feel an inner emotional security. There is reality and dependability. My life revolves around Richard and the baby.
Natalie Wood

We were descended from royalty.
At night, when the sky is full of stars and the sea is still you get the wonderful sensation that you are floating in space.
Natalie Wood
The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby.
Natalie Wood
We all wanted to copy Vivien Leigh.
I never knew motherhood could be so truly gratifying until I had Natasha.
There are certain stars who are not actors. I don't want to be that type.
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I didn't like children. I didn't think of myself as a child. I didn't like any of the things other children were interested in.
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If I didn't believe in what I'm doing, I'd rather go to work in a dime store.
Natalie Wood
Warren and I are friends, but working with him had been difficult.
I've been terrified of the water, and yet it seems I'm forced to go into in on every movie that I make.
Natalie Wood
Sometimes when I visit my sister and her two children, I wonder if she missed a lot by getting married. Right now, nothing could be further from my mind than getting married.
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A lot changed when I had Natasha. I'm a survivor.
The times that I have done something that I didn't respond to emotionally right away, it's generally not worked out too well.
Natalie Wood
From ages 10 to 12 or so, I barely remember anything.
Stardom is only a by-product of acting. I don't think being a movie star is a good enough reason for existing.
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I was so young, and making movies, going to the studio every morning at dawn was magic.
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I thought it was a wonderful line - right on the cutting room floor.
Almost every girl falls in love with the wrong man, I suppose it's part of growing up.
Natalie Wood
Not even analysis, by itself, can transform you. You must still do the changing yourself.
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When I get married it will be for keeps.
Today's films are so technological that an actor becomes starved for roles that deal with human relationships.
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I didn't know who the hell I was. I was whoever they wanted me to be.
I'm not very bright about money. I'm not domestic either. If I don't learn how to cook, maybe I won't have to.
Natalie Wood
My friends seem much more excited about my doing Anastasia than Brainstorm… and to tell you the truth, I feel the same way.
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I couldn't even go to the bathroom alone. My mother or a social worker always went with me.
Natalie Wood
We were descended from royalty.
The constant attention is what is so difficult.
I'm just going to have to grow old, because I'm too terrified to have anything done.
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I never saw film stars at home. We had no maid, no cook, no swimming pool.
I was so overprotected, I used to think I was as delicate as people said I was.
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