The mother of the Rebel Without a Cause star, Maria Stepanovna, was a superstitious Russian woman who had been told by a fortune teller to fear “dark waters.” As a child, Natalie was terrified of water, and her fear was intensified by several mysterious water-related accidents on movie sets. Natalie drowned late one night in 1981 while on a yacht trip off the coast of Catalina Island. The “dark waters” had claimed her at last. Varla Ventura.
Archive for the ‘American’ Category
Natalie Wood with Ian Bannen in Penelope (1966): “Thanks to Wood’s popularity, Penelope was booked at Radio City Music Hall, and broke opening day records there. But bad reviews and word of mouth quickly changed that, and the film fizzled at the box office.” TCM.
Gypsy (1962) “Miss Russell simply doesn’t have it. Miss Russell is a bit of a drag on the show. Fortunately, Natalie Wood actually makes something stalwart and inspiring of the limpid little thing who has played a decided second fiddle to her mother’s favorite in the early scenes. And, except towards the end, when she affects a bit of a Gallic air, Miss Wood puts solidity and sparkle into the ratty goings on.” New York Times.
9 August, 1969: “Actress Sharon Tate (born 1943) has been found brutally murdered in her Los Angeles home, along with three high-society friends and a fifth, as yet un-named, victim. Sharon Tate, 26, was the wife of film director Roman Polanski and was eight months pregnant.” BBC News.