Natalie Wood, circa 1960

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood, formerly Natasha Gurdin, is photographed circa 1960. The iconic actress, born on July 20, 1938, gained fame as a child movie star for her role in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ (1947) and went on to receive three Academy Award nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role before she was 25 in the films ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ (1955), ‘Splendor in the Grass’ (1961) and ‘Love with the Proper Stranger’ (1963), among numerous award nominations and three Golden Globe wins. Decades later, her body was found floating in the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 29, 1981, off Catalina Island near the Southern California coast following a night aboard Splendour, her family’s yacht, with her husband, Robert Wagner, her ‘Brainstorm’ co-star Christopher Walken and the boat’s captain, Dennis Davern. Wood’s death is still shrouded in mystery. She was 43 when she died. In 2018, after years of following up on scores of tips after the case was re-opened by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2011, and Wood’s autopsy report was revised in 2013 to include bruises on her arms and legs that seemed to be fresh and possibly having occurred before she entered the water, Wagner was labeled a ‘person of interest’ by one of the lead investigators. Wagner has refused to speak to authorities about the event after his attorney stated in 2013 that he had nothing to do with his wife’s death. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Lana Wood and Natalie Wood

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Lana Wood, left, is seen with her sister, Natalie Wood in this undated photograph. (Courtesy Lana Wood via Newsmakers/Getty Images)

Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn, 1947

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Edmund Gwenn in the role of Kris Kringle is with Natalie Wood in the role of Susan Walker on the set of the Christmas classic, “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947). Wood was considered among the top child stars in the industry after the film’s release.

Natalie Wood and Jane Wyatt, 1949

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Actress Jane Wyatt, right, adjusts the hair ribbon for actress Natalie Wood on Oct. 26, 1949, in Hollywood. (AP)

Natalie Wood and James Dean, 1955

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood and James Dean are seen in a film still from “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955). Wood won her first Golden Globe in 1957 for New Star of the Year. (Courtesy Everett Collection)

Natalie Wood and Fifi, 1955

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood poses with her pet poodle, Fifi, on on Oct. 28, 1955, at a studio in Hollywood. (AP)

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, 1956

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood, 18, and actor Robert Wagner, 26, attend a Paramount Ice Cream Party on July 23, 1956, in Los Angeles. Wood, who had reportedly long-admired Wagner as a teenager, also went on a date with the star on her 18th birthday, three days earlier. (Earl Leaf/ Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, 1957

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner are photographed on Aug. 28, 1957, four months before their first marriage. (AP)

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, 1957

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood leave the church just after their wedding on Dec. 28, 1957, in Scottsdale, Ariz. It wasn’t long before the couple separated in June 1961, and divorced in April 1962. (Jack Albin/Getty Images)

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, 1958

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Robert Wagner and his wife, Natalie Wood, arrive for the premiere of “Some Came Running” on Dec. 18, 1958, in Los Angleles. (HF/AP)

Natalie Wood, 1959

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood is photographed on Nov. 25, 1959, in Los Angeles. (AP)

Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood, 1961

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood are seen in a film still from “Splendor in the Grass” (1961). (Handout)

Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood, 1962

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood attend the Academy Awards ceremony at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on April 9, 1962, in Santa Monica, Calif. Wood’s performance received rave reviews and garnered her a second Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. (William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images)

Natalie Wood, 1962

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Former child actress and American film star Natalie Wood relaxes in her dressing room on Dec. 10, 1962, in Great Britain. (William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images)

Natalie Wood, 1966

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood poses with her second Golden Globe, the Henrietta Award for “World Film Favorites,” on Feb. 28, 1966, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. (Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Natalie Wood, 1964

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood is on the set of the film “The Great Race” on Sept. 18, 1964, in Paris. (Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Natalie Wood, circa 1969

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood is photographed as she prepares for her wedding to Richard Gregson, circa 1969. (Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Natalie Wood and Richard Gregson, 1969

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood and British film producer Richard Gregson are photographed on their wedding day on May 30, 1969, outside the Holy Virgin Mary Church following their Russian Orthodox wedding ceremony in Los Angeles. The couple had a daughter, Natasha, in 1970, but divorced in 1972, after Wood reportedly had Gregson escorted from the family home after she discovered he was having an affair with her secretary. (AP)

Natasha Wood and Natalie Wood, 1971

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood, 33, is with her almost 1-year-old daughter, Natasha, on Sept. 19, 1971, at Heathrow Airport in London. (AP)

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, 1972

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Actors and spouses Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood are photographed on April 23, 1972, following their reconciliation in Great Britain. While Wood’s divorce to Richard Gregson was being finalized, she got back together with her ex-husband Wagner, and the couple remarried on July 16, 1972, slightly over ten years after the divorce of their first marriage to each other. (Roger Jackson/Central Press/Getty Images)

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, 1972

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Robert Wagner and his former wife actress Natalie Wood, divorced ten years ago, leave from Heathrow Airport on May 4, 1972, in London to start a two week holiday in Nice. They arrived in Great Britain from the U.S. on April 23, on Queen Elizabeth 2. Wagner has been launching his new film, “Madame Sin” in this country. (AP)

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, 1972

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Recently remarried couple Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner arrive at the world premiere of the film “The Godfather” on Aug. 24, 1972, in London. (Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Natalie Wood, 1979

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood is photographed on Jan. 17, 1979. (AP)

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, 1979

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Robert Wagner sports a mustache as he and his wife Natalie Wood arrive for the 51st Annual Academy Awards on April 9, 1979, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. (AP)

Natasha Gregson Wagner, Natalie Wood and Courtney Wagner, 1979

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood holds her two children Natasha, left, and Courtney at a studio party on Aug. 17, 1979, in Los Angeles. (Birch/AP)

Natalie Wood, circa 1980

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood is seen circa 1980, in Los Angeles. (Saxon/IMAGES/Getty Images)

Splendour, 1981

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Splendour, the yacht owned by Robert Wagner, is docked off Catalina Island on Nov. 30, 1981, the day after Wood’s body was found floating in the Pacific Ocean, off Catalina Island near the Southern California coast. Wood drowned after falling into the water from the boat, which was moored off the coast of Catalina Island. Captain Dennis Davern and Wagner’s friend and Wood’s co-star in “Brainstorm,” actor Christopher Walken, were also aboard that fateful evening. Amid changing details of his story, Wagner says he last saw his wife after she went to their room while he and Walken stayed up talking the early morning hours of November 29. (Paul Harris/Getty Images)

Splendour, 1981

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

The inflatable dinghy that Natalie Wood was initially said to have used to leave the Splendour before she drowned, is seen on Nov. 30, 1981, moored to a dock on Catalina Island, off the Southern California coast, secured after it washed up on the rocks on Catalina Island. Before the case was reopened decades later, police originally said her death was accidental and a coroner found that she had drunk seven or eight glasses of wine before the incident. Wood’s bruised body was found floating in the water on November 29, a mile away from the boat and dinghy. (Paul Harris/Getty Images)

Nov. 30, 1981: Natalie Wood Dead

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Nov. 30, 1981: Natalie Wood Dead — Natalie Wood’s body was found floating in the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 29, 1981, off Catalina Island near the Southern California coast. (New York Daily News)

Catalina Island, 1981

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

The body bag containing Natalie Wood’s body is carried to a Sheriff’s helicopter on Nov. 30, 1981, before flying back to Los Angeles for an autopsy. (Paul Harris/Getty Images)

Robert Wagner, 1981

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Robert Wagner bends over to kiss the flower-covered casket of his wife, Natalie Wood, during the graveside ceremony for her at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery on Dec. 2, 1981, in Los Angeles. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

Natasha Gregson Wagner, Katharine Wagner and Courtney Brooke Wagner, 1981

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

From left, Natasha Gregson Wagner, 11, Katharine Wagner, 17, and Courtney Brooke Wagner, 7, leave the gravesite Natalie Wood after funeral services for her at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery on Dec. 2, 1981, in Los Angeles. Natasha is Wood’s daughter with her ex-husband, Richard Gregson; Katharine is Wagner’s daughter with his ex-wife, Marion Marshall and Courtney is Wood’s and Wagner’s daughter. (Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

Robert Wagner and Courtney Wagner, 1981

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Robert Wagner holds the hand of his 7-year-old daughter, Courtney, as they leave Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery after funeral services for his wife, Natalie Wood, on Dec. 2, 1981, in Los Angeles. (Saxon/AP)

Courtney Wagner, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Robert Wagner, 1982

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Robert Wagner and his step-daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, right; and his daughter Courtney, left; pause for a few moments at the grave of Natalie Wood at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery on May 31, 1982, in Los Angeles. (Craig Molenhouse/AP)

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau

Remembering the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau Lt. John Corina, far left, discusses the most recent details of the Natalie Wood death investigation at a news conference on Feb. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. Officials, seen behind from left are, Comdr. Steve Katz, Capt. Christopher Bergner and detective Ralph Hernandez. There’s renewed interest in the decades-old death of Wood, with the lead detective in the case saying her widower, actor Robert Wagner, 87, is considered a person of interest. Her death was initially declared an accident, but police reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

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