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Day 18: Natalie Wood

A big thanks to those who contributed to Wallace Beery day yesterday. Please make sure you head over and check out the great posts. 

For the next 24 hours we are honoring the beautiful Natalie Wood.

Some Natalie Wood trivia:

  • Natalie Wood’s film debut was alongside Orson Welles and Claudette Colbert in Tomorrow is Forever (1946). She made her big break in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Miracle on 34th Street, both in 1947. (IMDb)
  • During the filming of Rebel Without a Cause, Wood had an affair with director Nicholas Ray, who was more than 25 years her senior. (TCMDB)
  • Wood prepared to sing for her role in West Side Story, but the studio had her voice dubbed by singer Marni Nixon (IMDb)
  • Warren Beatty reportedly offered her the role of Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde but she turned it down. (IMDb)

On to the blogging…

Leading off, from One Gal’s Musings, is The Gal Herself with her look at Wood in Splendor in the Grass.

Next up, Kay from Movie Star Makeover has a fashionably fab look at Natalie’s hairstyles!

And at True Classics, Carrie discusses two of Woods’ greatest roles.

Jill from Stix on the Beach is back!  This time, the now-seasoned blogathoner examines the death of Natalie Wood.

There’s more to come, so stay tuned!

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Jill Blake

Jill Blake is the owner of the classic film website Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence. She is also a co-founder and editor of the film site The Black Maria and film editor at CC2K. In 2012, she was interviewed on-air by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. In 2013, she was a featured guest on the TCM podcast. In her spare time Jill is a stay-at-home mom, wife, fried okra connoisseur, and the neighborhood’s own L.B. Jeffries.



Wood’s actual film debut was in a film called “Happy Land” (1943). She’s the little girl who drops an ice cream cone to the ground and starts to cry.

Jill Blake

Yes, that is technically correct. However it wasn’t her first “credited” role. I should have specified that.

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Vanessa B (@callmeveebee)

I really had to grow into Natalie Wood. I never liked her when I was younger, and now, all of a sudden, I freaking love her. I can’t explain it, I guess I just had to grow older in order to appreciate her.


Adore Natalie and they’ve been showing great films all day although I’m disappointed with the omission of the rarely shown Love With the Proper Stranger, they could have skipped the umpteenth showing of West Side Story and substituted that instead. You would have thought with both Natalie and Steve McQueen having tribute days they would have found room for it somewhere! Hopefully they’ll run it soon.

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