- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lana Wood, the younger sister of the late silver-screen legend Natalie Wood, has been rescued from homelessness thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that raised nearly $30,000.

Miss Wood, who publicly declared her plight on “Inside Edition” in April, has benefited from a GoFundMe.com campaign started by one Gregor Gillespie of Valley Glen, California, according to the fundraising platform’s website.

“Oh goodness, if I wasn’t able to touch [that money], I wouldn’t have electricity, water, or a roof over my head,” Miss Wood told Fox News regarding the proceeds from the Go Fund Me Campaign. “… We’re still coming to terms with everything, so we’re not pulled together by any stretch of the imagination, but we’re trying. I’m trying very hard to make it a home,” she added.

“I’m terribly overwhelmed with sincere gratitude,” Miss Wood said, according to Fox News. “I don’t know where I would be right now if it wasn’t for everyone saying, ‘Yes, I want to help.’ They’ve given me a continuation of my life to which was rapidly falling apart. My gratitude is endless.”

As of this publishing, $29,890 has been raised, far surpassing the $10,000 goal set on March 25.

Miss Wood’s financial troubles were reportedly the result of medical bills for her daughter, Evan, who required treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In its April story on her financial troubles, “Inside Edition” gave viewers a look at the motel room she was calling home with her daughter and grandchildren.

Miss Wood got her first big break on the silver screen at 10 years old, playing a younger version of the Debbie Edwards character portrayed by older sister Natalie in 1956’s western “The Searchers.”

Miss Wood went on to play Sandy Webber in the 1960s TV soap opera “Peyton Place” and is known to fans of the 007 franchise as Bond girl Plenty O’Toole in 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever.”

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