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Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 - November 28 or 29, 1981) She was known for her screen roles in Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, The Searchers, and West Side Story. She first worked in films as a child, then became a successful Hollywood star as a young adult, receiving three Academy Award nominations before she was 25 years old. Wood began acting in movies at the age of four and, at age eight, was given a co-starring role with Maureen O'Hara in the classic Christmas film Miracle on 34th Street. As a teenager, her performance in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in the musical films West Side Story (1961) and Gypsy (1962), and received Academy Award for Best Actress nominations for her performances in Splendor in the Grass (1961) and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963). Her career continued with films such as Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). During the making of the film Brainstorm, Wood drowned while on a weekend boat trip to Santa Catalina Island on board the Splendour. Many of the circumstances surrounding her drowning are unknown; it was never determined how she entered the water. She was with her husband Robert Wagner, Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken, and the Splendour's captain, Dennis Davern, on the evening of November 28, 1981. Wood's body was recovered by authorities at 8:00 a.m. on November 29, one mile away from the boat, with a small inflatable dinghy, named the Valiant, found beached nearby.

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**FILE** Actress Natalie Wood attends at the 51st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on April 9, 1979. (Associated Press)

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Actress Natalie Wood appears with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, in 1980. (Associated Press)

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Actress Natalie Wood appears with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, in 1980. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In a Nov. 25, 1959, file photo, Natalie Wood and her husband Robert Wagner are made up for their roles in "All The Fine Young Cannibals," in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/DFS, File)

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**FILE** Actress Natalie Wood attends at the 51st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles on April 9, 1979. (Associated Press)