Get to Know Natalie Wood with HBO's New Documentary

See the legendary actress through her daughter's eyes.

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Most of us think of Natalie Wood as the girl from Miracle on 34th Street, the mesmerizing actress from Rebel Without a Cause and West Side Story, and the woman who died a tragic, mysterious death at just 43 years old. But of course Natalie Wood's life was much more than these few moments. And her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, wants to share it with the world.

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Director Laurent Bouzereau worked with Gregson Wagner and her stepfather, Robert J. Wagner, to create a compelling new documentary about Natalie Wood. Featuring "extensive family photos, documents, diaries, never-before-seen home movies, audio recordings and archival material," according to Amblin, which co-produced the documentary with HBO, this promises to be a fascinating look at one of Hollywood's most famous actresses. The documentary will premiere on HBO on Tuesday, May 5 at 9pm.

There are also many books about Natalie Wood, including ones surrounding her death. For a first-hand account of the tragic night, there are few books more telling than Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour. Written by Marti Rulli and Dennis Davern, who was employed by Wood for years and captain of the boat on which Natalie spent her last night, the book tells a very different story than the media heard decades before.

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Published on 30 Apr 2020