On This Day in History: Natalie Wood Dies

It was 34 years ago today that actress Natalie Wood was found dead on Santa Catalina Island during a weekend boat trip with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, and her Brainstorm co-star, Christopher Walken. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled her death as an accident by drowning and hypothermia.

In November 2011, Dennis Davern–the captain of Wagner’s yacht, Splendour–publicly stated that he had lied to the police during the initial investigation, informing them that Wood and Wagner had been fighting just prior to her having been reported missing from the boat. Davern alleged that Wagner was responsible for Wood’s death. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner reopened the case and amended Wood’s death certificate to state that the cause of her death was due to “drowning and other undetermined factors.”

I loved all of her films, but my favorite would probably be Splendor In The Grass. Do you have a favorite Natalie Wood film?


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