Natalie Wood was born July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalie Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents were born in Russia, and barely spoke English. They changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming U.S. citizens. Natalie appeared in her first film in 1943.

Natalie received her first Academy Award nomination in 1955 for 'Rebel Without a Cause." She began work on "Brainstorm" in 1981, but did not live to see it released. She drowned while on a sailing trip with her husband, Robert Wagner, on November 29, 1981.

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