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Natalie Wood's Death

Natalie Wood

She was a child movie star who managed to stay current, moving on to roles as the troubled teenager and then the sexy grown-up. And she died in a most ironic way. Despite her lifelong fear of water and cautious approach when near it, she drowned.

Natalie was born Natalia Zacharenko in San Francisco and her first really big role was "Miracle on 34th Street", a holiday season hit in which she doesn't believe in Santa Claus.

Natalie Wood in Mricale on 34th Street

As Natalie matured, she took on meatier roles in films like "Rebel Without a Cause" with James Dean and Sal Mineo.

Natalie Wood in Rebel Without a Cause

Other troubled youth roles included Maria in "West Side Story" and Deanie Loomis in "Splendor in the Grass", opposite Warren Beatty.

As an adult, she moved on to Gypsy Rose Leeā€¦.

Natalie Wood: Gypsy Rose Lee

And her later film credits included "Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice", a sexual liberation comedy.

Natalie Wood in Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice

Married to Robert Wagner in 1957, they divorced in 1962. They then remarried in 1974 and had a daughter, Courtney

Natalie drowned after falling from "Splendor", the yacht she owned with Wagner.

Natalie Wood on boat

There were immediate questions about it because Wagner and actor Christopher Walken, with whom Natalie was starring at the time in "Brainstorm", said there was an argument on-board beforehand.

Natalie Wood newspaper report on her death

Her death was originally ruled an accident, but as recently as 2012 it was reclassified from "accidental drowning" to "drowning and other unidentified factors".

Natalie Wood Tomb