Sunday, January 22, 2012

Natalie Wood

A child-turned-adult-actress, Natalie Wood was the face of a generation. Known for her roles in Rebel Without a Cause and West Side Story as well as her dating life - a life that saw her court the likes of Elvis, Raymond Burr, Warren Beauty, and Dennis Hopper - her death was also not void of drama. Even today, mysteries still remain.

In 1981, at the age of 45, Wood drowned while onboard a yacht with her husband, Robert Wagner, and Christopher Walken. No one knows for certain what happened and the reports varied. One theory suggests that Wagner and Walken got into a disagreement and, while they argued, Wood fell overboard. Though a witness on shore reported hearing Wood cry for help - as well as the two men reasurring her that they were coming - Wagner, Walken, and the man piloting the yacht all said they never heard anything.

Wood was legally drunk at the time and this likely compromised her ability to swim. Bruises were also found on her body, but these were ambigious, possibly being a result of her fall.

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