Natalie Wood

It all started when five-year-old Natasha Nikolaevna Gurdin (née Zacharenko), the daughter of Russian immigrants, first stepped in front of a movie camera in 1943. The film was Happy Land, the director was Irving Pichel, and the rest was history. Hollywood re-christened her Natalie Wood, and she became a beloved child star in classics like Miracle on 34th Street. 

By age twenty-three, Natalie Wood was one of the biggest movie stars in the world. With her iconic performances in Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story in 1961, Natalie had become an acclaimed actress, a breathtaking beauty, and a sophisticated sex symbol all in one. 

After her groundbreaking 1969 film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Natalie married Richard Gregson and gave birth to a daughter, Natasha. Motherhood now took center stage for the actress. Soon she would also have the marriage she always dreamed of, as Natalie divorced Gregson and re-married her first husband and the love of her life, actor Robert Wagner. When daughter Courtney was born, the Wagners settled into domestic life. In the late 1970s, Natalie rekindled her acting career with a Golden Globe-winning performance in From Here to Eternity, among other roles, before her untimely death in 1981.

Natalie Wood gave the world more than just her films—her beauty, artistry, talent, and compassion still live on. Today, Natasha and Courtney carry on their mother’s legacy with “Natalie” the fragrance, and by partnering with CoachArt, an organization that teaches art and athletics to chronically ill children. The two most important causes to Natalie were children and the arts: she served as a spokesperson for the National Children’s Day Council, worked to promote child safety, donated a collection of ancient art to UCLA, and established a performing arts endowment for college students. In her honor, a portion of all proceeds from the fragrance will be donated to CoachArt.

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Vanity Fair celebrates Natalie Wood

Read the whole story at Vanity Fair. “She always knew I’d be a girl and that she’d name me Natasha, that was her real name,” says Natasha Gregson Wagner of her late......

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