Born to Russian-immigrant parents, Natalie Wood made her first film appearance at age four as an extra in Happy Land (1943). When she was promoted to supporting roles, the young Wood was well prepared for the artistic discipline expected of her: She’d been taking dancing lessons since infancy. By 1947, she earned up to a thousand dollars per week for such films as Miracle on 34th Street. She made a reasonably smooth transition to grown-up roles, most notably as James Dean’s girlfriend in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Warren Beatty’s steady in Splendor in the Grass (1961). She was also a regular on the 1953 sitcom Pride of the Family, playing the teenaged daughter of Paul Hartman and Fay Wray. Despite being romantically linked with several of her leading men, Wood settled down to marriage relatively early, wedding film star Robert Wagner in 1957. The union didn’t last, and she and Wagner were divorced in 1962. Continuing to star in such important films as West Side Story (1961), Gypsy… read more
That she did. A pity she's no longer with us. It's sad when they go so young. I'll never quite forget her character on Edward's The Great Race. Her eyes were so lively alive living life-worthy full of live smiling cute sensuous meaningful powerful to the point gorgeous pretty awesome womanly human humane endearing. she was the epitome of perfect woman for me when i was a 8 year-old boy and first discovered her "soul". not sure i'm still not one. i owe you big time Natalie. Thank you.