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Monday, July 20, 2015

77 Groovy Things about Natalie Wood

Today would have been the 77th birthday of actress Natalie Wood, who left us much too soon in 1981 at age 43. So to celebrate the life and career of this lovely lady, here are a "few" groovy things about her:

1. Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, and her mother soon moved the family to Los Angeles in order to pursue a career for her daughter.

2. She made her film debut at age five in the uncredited role of "Little Girl Who Drops Ice Cream Cone" in the 1943 movie, Happy Land.

3. She played Barbara Stanwyck's daughter in the 1946 romantic comedy, The Bride Wore Boots.

4. Her first credited role was in the 1946 film, Tomorrow Is Forever, in which she played a German orphan opposite Orson Welles and Claudette Colbert. And studio executives at RKO Radio Pictures changed her name to "Natalie Wood".

5. She played an orphan girl who adopts a collie in the 1947 drama, Driftwood.

6. She played Gene Tierney's daughter in the 1947 film, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.

7. Her role as Maureen O'Hara's daughter in the 1947 Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street, made her one of the top child stars in Hollywood.

8. She appeared in the 1948 comedy, Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay!, with an uncredited Marilyn Monroe (in her first bit part).

9. She played Maureen O'Hara's daughter for a second time in the 1949 comedy, Father Was a Fullback, which also starred Fred MacMurray as her father.

10. She fell into a river and almost drowned during the filming of the 1949 movie, The Green Promise (which is more "interesting" than "groovy"). The accident also broke her left wrist, which resulted in a permanent bone protrusion that she later hid with a large bracelet.

11. She played Celeste Holm's daughter in the 1949 comedy, Chicken Every Sunday.

12. She played Fred MacMurray's daughter for a second time in the 1950 comedy, Never a Dull Moment.

13. She played James Stewart's daughter in the 1950 comedy, The Jackpot.

14. She appeared in the 1950 drama, Our Very Own, with Ann Blyth, Farley Granger and Jane Wyatt.

15. She played Margaret Sullavan's daughter in the 1950 film, No Sad Songs for Me.

16. She played Joan Blondell's daughter in the 1951 drama, The Blue Veil.

17. She appeared in the 1951 film, Dear Brat.

18. She played Bette Davis' daughter in the 1952 film, The Star.

19. She played Bing Crosby's daughter in the 1952 musical, Just for You.

20. She played Vera Miles' kid sister in the 1952 film, The Rose Bowl Story.

21. On June 6, 1952, she made her television debut in "Playmates", an episode of the anthology series, Chevron Theatre.

22. She played Fay Wray's daughter in the 1953-54 ABC sitcom, The Pride of the Family.

23. She appeared in the 1954 historical epic, The Silver Chalice, with Paul Newman (in his film debut).

24. She and James Dean starred in Sherwood Anderson's I'm a Fool on General Electric Theater on November 14, 1954.

25. On February 17, 1955, she appeared in "The Wild Bunch", an episode of the anthology series, Four Star Playhouse.

26. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1955 drama, Rebel Without a Cause.

27. She appeared in the 1955 film, One Desire, with Anne Baxter and Rock Hudson.

28. She starred in Feathertop on General Electric Theater on December 4, 1955.

29. She starred opposite Tab Hunter in two 1956 films - the romantic comedy, The Girl He Left Behind, and the western, The Burning Hills.

30. She starred in the 1956 film, A Cry in the Night, with Raymond Burr.

31. She played John Wayne's niece in the 1956 western, The Searchers.

32. In 1957, she was one of the recipients of the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female, which she shared with Carroll Baker and Jayne Mansfield.

33. She played Karl Malden's daughter in the 1957 film, Bombers B-52.

34. She appeared in the 1958 film, Kings Go Forth, with Frank Sinatra and Tony Curtis.

35. She and Frank Sinatra sang "Them There Eyes" when she was a guest on The Frank Sinatra Show on May 23, 1958.

36. She starred in the 1958 film, Marjorie Morningstar, with Gene Kelly.

37. She and Dean Martin were guests on NBC's The Bob Hope Show on October 8, 1959.

38. She and her husband, Robert Wagner (whom she married in December 1957), starred in their first film together - 1960's All the Fine Young Cannibals. They divorced in April 1962.

39. She starred opposite James Garner in the 1960 film, Cash McCall.

40. She played Maria in the 1961 musical, West Side Story, but her singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon.

41. She received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for the 1961 romantic drama, Splendor in the Grass, which also starred Warren Beatty.

42. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for 1962's Gypsy - and she did her own singing.

43. She received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for 1964's Love with the Proper Stranger, which also starred Steve McQueen. She held the record for being the youngest actress (at age 25) to ever receive three Oscar nominations until 2014 when 23-year-old Jennifer Lawrence received her third nomination.

44. She played author Helen Gurley Brown in the 1964 comedy, Sex and the Single Girl, which also starred Tony Curtis and Lauren Bacall.

45. She received a Golden Globe nomination for the 1965 drama, Inside Daisy Clover, which also starred Christopher Plummer and Robert Redford.

46. She starred opposite Tony Curtis in the 1965 comedy, The Great Race.

47. She starred in the 1966 comedy, Penelope.

48. On April 23, 1966, she became the first recipient to ever accept in person the Harvard Lampoon Worst Actress of the Year Award.

49. She was the Mystery Guest on What's My Line? on April 24, 1966.

50. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for 1966's This Property Is Condemned, which also starred Robert Redford.

51. She turned down Warren Beatty's offer to play opposite him in 1967's Bonnie and Clyde because she did not want to be separated from her analyst while the film was on location in the Midwest (Faye Dunaway received an Academy Award nomination for her performance as Bonnie).

52. She and Burt Lancaster presented the Scientific and Technical (Sci-Tech) Awards during the 41st Annual Academy Awards on April 14, 1969.

53. She starred in the 1969 film, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, with Robert Culp, Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon.

54. She made a brief cameo appearance as herself in the 1972 film, The Candidate, which starred Robert Redford.

55. She starred opposite Robert Wagner (whom she remarried in July 1972) in the TV movie, The Affair, on November 20, 1973.

56. She appeared on ABC's Wide World of Entertainment special, James Dean Remembered, on November 8, 1974.

57. She starred opposite Michael Caine in the 1976 film, Peeper.

58. She and Robert Wagner were guests on the talk show, Donahue, on November 22, 1976.

59. She played Maggie opposite Robert Wagner's Brick in an NBC adaptation of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof on December 6, 1976.

60. She made a cameo appearance as "Girl in the Bubble Bath" on Robert Wagner's detective series, Switch, on June 25, 1978.

61. She was a guest on The Mike Douglas Show with co-host Lucille Ball in October 1978.

62. She received a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Actress in a Drama for the NBC miniseries, From Here to Eternity, which aired in February 1979.

63. She played an alcoholic housewife in the ABC movie, The Cracker Factory, on March 16, 1979.

64. She made a cameo appearance as a southern belle movie star in the pilot episode of Robert Wagner's ABC series, Hart to Hart, on August 25, 1979.

65. She was interviewed on the NYC talk show, Midday Live With Bill Boggs (this video is from around 1979-80).

66. She starred in the 1979 disaster film, Meteor, with Sean Connery.

67. She and the cast of Meteor were interviewed on Dinah! on September 14, 1979.

68. She interviewed Arnold Schwarzenegger for The Hollywood Reporter in a 1979 article entitled "The Body Meets The Face".

69. She and Robert Wagner were the Grand Marshals of the 1979 Hollywood Christmas Parade.

70. She was a guest on the syndicated series, Rex Reed's Movie Guide, in 1980.

71. She starred opposite George Segal in the 1980 comedy, The Last Married Couple in America.

72. She starred in the TV movie, The Memory of Eva Ryker, on May 7, 1980.

73. She made a cameo appearance as herself in the 1980 film, Willie & Phil, which starred Margot Kidder and Michael Ontkean.

74. She appeared in a 1981 commercial for Raintree lotion.

75. At the time of her death on November 29, 1981, she was filming her final movie, Brainstorm, which was released in September 1983 and was dedicated to her in the closing credits.

76. She was scheduled to make her stage debut in Anastasia at L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre in February 1982, and she was planning to star in the film, Country of the Heart, as a terminally ill writer who has an affair with a teenager (played by Timothy Hutton). Both projects were canceled.

77. She was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 1, 1986.

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