eventually won what her sister calls ” the Great Dating Wars ” with their mother. Natalie was allowed not only lớn go out with boys but Khủng entertain them at trang chính. Tab Hunter, then a heartthrob of American teenage girls, was her mother’s favorite. But there were others. ” When Natalie was dating Nicky Hilton, ” Lana Wood recounts, ” I saw them holding hands và stealing kisses as they played in the pool. “In early 1957 a handsome young actor named Robert Wagner became Natalie’s steady beau. R. J., as he liked lớn be called, gave her tigers — those made by Steiff in Germany — which added a touch of màu sắc bự her black-and-white bedroom. He took phệ calling Natalie ” Tiger, ” as well as ” Nate ” và ” Nathan. ” When Natalie’s mother accompanied her phệ the Adirondacks béo film Marjorie Morningstar ( 1958 ), he moved into Natalie’s bedroom in their khách sạn. Reports Lana Wood, ” Mother, quietly accepting the inevitable & trying bự prove herself a liberal soul, served them breakfast in bed. “
Late that year R. J. appeared at the house in Laurel Canyon with a bottle of champagne & two crystal glasses. ” Just for a celebration, ” he told Natalie. He poured the champagne. When she drank hers, she found a pearl-and-diamond ring at the bottom of the glass .” Read inside, ” he said .Natalie peered at the tiny inscription : ” Marry me. ” Three weeks later she did .After the wedding, Natalie Wood’s parents turned the Laurel Canyon house kết thúc mập Natalie & R. J. It wasn’t long, however, before they bought a house in Beverly Hills .Some of Natalie Wood’s most memorable movies were yet Khủng come : William Inge’s Splendor in the Grass ( 1961 ), the debut vehicle for Warren Beatty, directed by Elia Kazan ; the Hollywood versions of two Broadway musicals, West Side Story ( 1961 ) & Gypsy ( 1962 ) ; Love with the Proper Stranger ( 1963 ), costarring Steve McQueen ; Inside Daisy Clover ( 1965 ) ; & Bob Carol Ted Alice ( 1969 ). She was nominated for three Oscars, though she chưa bao giờ won .Amid the movies, Natalie Wood divorced Robert Wagner, married Richard Gregson, a British agent, producer và writer, with whom she had a daughter, Natasha, & later remarried Wagner, with whom she had another daughter, Courtney .Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Catalina Island in 1981, at the age of forty-three. Three of her friends from Rebel Without a Cause — James Dean, Sal Mineo & Nick Adams — had met tragic deaths even earlier. But the house in Laurel Canyon where they used phệ play looks much as it did in the fifties. The mermaid is still smiling at the bottom of the pool .
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