Who is Natalie Wood?

Natalie Wood is a big name in the entertainment industry. She was a professional actress who was involved in the acting industry since a young age of four. She started as a young actor and later transitioned to a successful actress as an adult. Natalie died suspiciously at the age off 43-years-old by drowning and other undetermined factors. Her husband, Robert Wagner, is considered a person of interest in this case in 2018.

Quick Info
Full NameNatalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko
Birth DateJuly 20, 1938
Birth PlaceSan Francisco, California, United States
FatherNikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko
MotherMaria Stepanovna Zakharenko
SistersLana Wood
Height5 feet and 2 inches
Weight56 kilograms
Body Measurement34-23-35 inches
EyesDark Brown
HairDark Brown
DeathNovember 29, 1981
Cause of Deathdrowning and other undetermined factors
HusbandRobert Wagner
Richard Gregson


Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, with the name Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko in San Francisco, California, United States. Her parents were Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko and Maria Stepanovna Zakharenko. Her father was a factory worker, whereas her mother was a housewife. Furthermore, she had one sibling from her mother’s previous marriage named Olga (1927-2015). She also has another sister named Lana Wood.

Natalie Wood


Talking about her educational qualifications, Natalie started her education from Van Nuys High School. Later, she attended Hollywood Professional School for further studies.

Physical Statistics (Height, Weight)

Natalie’s height during her lifetime was 5 feet and 2 inches, and her weight was around 56 kilograms. She had an hourglass body of measurement 34-23-35 inches. Furthermore, she wore a dress of size 10, according to US Standards. Wood has a beautiful pair of Dark Brown eyes and Dark Brown hair.

Natalie Wood Death

Natalie died on November 29, 1981, in Catalina Island, California, United States, at the age of 43 years. During the time of her death, she was on a weekend boat trip to Catalina Island. Many speculate the cause of her death as drowning; however, the cause of her death is unknown. She was with her husband and captain of the ship during the time of her death. Various bruises on her body and arms and abrasions on her left cheek were found during the autopsy. However, the cause of those bruises and scrapes were unknown. Currently, her grave is in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Her case reopened in 2011 and is still under investigation.

Personal Life

Wood briefly dated Elvis Presley in 1956. She then married actor Robert Wagner in 1957. However, the couple separated in 1962. In 1969, Wood married Richard Gregson, a British producer. The couple had a child together, a daughter named Natasha. However, they separated in 1971. She then remarried Wagner in 1972. They gave birth to a daughter two years later named Natasha Gregson Wagner. The couple was together till her death in 1981.

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Natalie Wood Movies and Television Series


Natalie’s first movie is titled The Moon Is Down, which was released in 1943. However, her role in this movie was uncredited. Similarly, she played another film titled Happy Land in the same year; however, her role in this movie was also uncredited. Three years later, she played two movies titled Tomorrow Is Forever, and The Bride Wore Boots for the roles of Margaret Ludwig and Carol Warren, respectively. Woods then played three films in 1947 titled The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Miracle on 34th Street, and Driftwood for the roles of Anna Muir, Susan Walker, and Jenny Hollingsworth, respectively.

In 1948, she played two movies titled Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! and The Green Promise as Bean McGill and Susan Matthews, respectively.  Furthermore, she played the role of Ruth Heffernan in the movie Chicken Every Sunday in 1949. She then played the role of Ellen Cooper in the movie Father Was a Fullback the same year. Wood then played four films in 1950 titled No Sad Songs for Me, Our Very Own, Never a Dull Moment, and The Jackpot as Polly Scott, Penny, Nan, and Phyllis Lawrence, respectively. She then played roles of Pauline and Stephanie Rawlins in movies Dear Brat and The Blue Veil, respectively. In 1952 she performed three movies titled The Rose Bowl Story, Just for You, and The Star. Two years later, she played the role of Helena as a child in the movie The Silver Chalice.

Natalie Wood

In 1955, Natalie played the roles of Seely and Judy in movies One Desire and Rebel Without a Cause, respectively. Then came four films in 1956 titled The Searchers, A Cry in the Night, The Burning Hills and The Girl He Left Behind. She then played the role of Lois Brennan in the movie Bombers B-52 in 1957. Furthermore, she played the roles of Marjorie and Monique Blair in movies Marjorie Morningstar and Kings Go Forth, respectively. Two years later, she played in film Cash McCall and All the Fine Young Cannibals as Lory Austen and Sara “Salome” Davis, respectively. In 1961, she played roles in film Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story. She then played the role of Gypsy Rose Lee in the movie Gypsy in 1962.  Furthermore, Wood played in the movie Love with the Proper Stranger as Angie Rossini in 1963.

In 1964, she played the role of Helen Gurley Brown in the movie Sex and the Single Girl. She then played two movies in 1965 titled Inside Daisy Clover and The Great Race. In 1966, she played in films titled This Property Is Condemned and Penelope. Three years later, she played in the movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. Furthermore, she played a cameo role in the film The Candidate in 1972. Three years later, she played in the movie Peeper as Ellen Prendergast. She then came back in 1979 with the movie Meteor. In 1980, she played two movies titled The Last Married Couple in America and Willie & Phil. Her final film was Brainstorm, where she played the role of Karen Brace.


Natalie took television roles since 1952. Her debut television series is Chevron Theater, where she played the role of Monica in 1952 for one episode. She then played the role of Ann Morrison in The Pride of the Family from 1953-1954. She then went on to play various roles in series like General Electric Theatre, Four Star Playhouse, Kings Row, Warner Bros. Presents, and The Kaiser Aluminum Hour. She also appeared in television films like  The Affair, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Cracker Factory, and The Memory of Eva Ryker.