On This Day In History: Natalie Wood Dies

It was 35 years ago today that actress Natalie Wood was found dead, believed to have drowned after she fell off a 60-foot yacht while on vacation on Catalina Island with her husband, actor Robert Wagner, and her Brainstorm costar, Christopher Walken.

Several theories have been discussed as to how Wood died. She may have fallen into the harbor after attempting to secure the ship’s dinghy. Wood had a lifelong fear of dark water and being helpless in it. Three decades later, her death still remains a mystery.

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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?

Born on this Day: Natalie Wood

Born in San Francisco on July 20, 1938, Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko Gurdin became Natalie Wood and began her career as a child actress. She made her film debut in the 1943 film Happy Land, which was filmed in Sonoma County, Calif., where Natalie and her parents lived immediately after her birth.

Wood appeared in 56 films and television roles from her childhood to adult years, including Miracle on 34th Street, The Star, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Rebel Without A Cause, Marjorie Morningstar, Splendor In The Grass, Gypsy, Daisy Clover, Love With The Proper Stranger, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and Brainstorm–which was her last film role.

Sadly, on the morning of Nov. 29, 1981, while on a weekend boat trip with her husband, actor Robert Wagner and her Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken, Wood’s body was discovered one mile away from her and husband’s boat on Santa Catalina Island. Her death was ruled an accident by drowning and hypothermia. On Jan. 14, 2013, the L.A. County coroner’s office re-opened Wood’s case and stated that some of the bruises found on Wood’s body may have been sustained before she went into the water, but it could not be determined.