[Item #6310] Natalie Wood: A Life. Gavin Lambert, Natalie Wood.
Natalie Wood: A Life
Natalie Wood: A Life
Natalie Wood: A Life
Natalie Wood: A Life

Natalie Wood: A Life

ISBN: 0375410740
New York, NY, USA: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004. First Edition. Hardcover. “She spent her life in the movies. Her childhood is still there to see in Miracle on 34th Street. Her adolescence in Rebel Without A Cause. Her coming of age? Still playing in Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story and countless other hit movies. From the moment Natali Wood made her debut in 1946, playing Claudette Colbert and Orson Welles’s ward in Tomorrow is Forever at the age of seven, to her shocking, untimely death in 1981, the decades of her life are marked by movies that—for their moments—summed up America’s dream.” (from front flap) Author and biographer Gavin Lambert (1924-2005) met Natalie Wood (born Natalie Zacharenko,1938-1981) when she wanted to star in the movie adaptation of his 1963 novel Inside Daisy Clover (1965), which she did, and they stayed friends until her death. Now, Lambert provides “the richest portrait we have had of Natalie Wood” (from back flap) with new stories from her loved ones and industry acquaintances regarding both her professional and personal life. Wood was a troubled young actress in an unforgivable era of Hollywood, and her controlling stage mother micromanaged her early career to her detriment. Landing Rebel Without A Cause at the age of sixteen was the first time she chose a role against her parents’ wishes. Her impressive career as an actress has been partially eclipsed by the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death. An aquaphobic actress on a yacht with her husband Robert Wagner (b. 1930) ends up drowned after allegedly leaving alone on an inflatable dinghy, something her sister argued she would never do. The ambiguous nature of her accidental drowning lingered in the zeitgeist of American culture until the yacht captain came forward in 2011 with new information about an unreported argument between Wood and Wagner that stemmed from marital jealousy, and he admitted that Wagner prevented him from using the ship's searchlights and reporting her disappearance to authorities. Whether or not her death was his intention, he is generally considered responsible for it, though no charges have been made. He’s still kicking around in Colorado at the age of 94. The story has been dissected and analyzed since it happened, and it saw a resurgence of interest with the modern trend of true crime entertainment. HBO produced a documentary in 2020 called Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, and there is an older bio-pic from Peter Bogdanovich which starred Justine Waddell and Elizabeth Rice as Natalie at different ages. One of the mysterious legends of Hollywood surrounding an incredibly talented actress who was legendary even before her death. Gavin Lambert expertly weaves together stories, interviews, and personal memories to offer his readers the most profound understanding of this iconic woman. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum - world travelers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books, and the dearly beloved late parents of our esteemed founder, Arthur S. Nusbaum. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with “1/2004” on back flap and “U.S.A. $25.95 / Canada $39.95” prices on front flap): First Edition, as stated on copyright page, First Printing, though not explicated as such thereon, per publisher’s custom. Fine / Near Fine. [Item #6310]

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