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.
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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.
NATALIE WOOD IS FOUND DROWNED ON YACHT VISIT TO SANTA CATALINA New York Times. November 30, 1981. LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29— The body of Natalie Wood, the actress, was found today in a rocky cove off Santa Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department said. Investigators attributed her death to accidental drowning, pending further inquiry.
Natalie Wood in Peeper (1976). Private Investigator Leslie C. Tucker (Michael Caine) is hired by a man running from goons to find his long-lost daughter in this spoof of gumshoe films. Tucker (the peeper of the title) finds millionairess Ellen Pendergrast (Natalie Wood) caressing a green-eyed-blue-eyed pussycat.
Note the large bracelet on Natalie Wood’s left wrist. It’s to hide a small protruding wrist bone from a terrifying – and deliberate – accident on the set of The Green Promise (1949). Her character was to cross a bridge in the rain. The production kept secret from the ten year old Natalie that bridge would collapse as she crossed (you can see her panic as it breaks). Filming the scene left her with a broken wrist and a fear of deep water.