8 Facts About Natalie Wood

1. At the age of 4, Natalie Wood landed her first film role, a bit part in Happy Land, which happened to be filming in Santa Rosa, California, where she was living at the time.

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2. In 1961, Natalie Wood starred opposite Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass, playing the part of young girl torn by desire and social conventions.

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3. At the age of 16, Natalie Wood began filming one of her most famous films.

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4. In 1981, Natalie Wood drowned during a boating trip with husband Robert Wagner and Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken.

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5. In September 1956, Natalie Wood was in a brief relationship with Elvis Presley.

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6. At the time of her death, Natalie Wood was filming the science fiction film Brainstorm, co-starring Christopher Walken and directed by Douglas Trumbull.

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7. In this period, Natalie Wood had more success in television, receiving high ratings and critical acclaim in 1979 for The Cracker Factory and especially the miniseries film From Here to Eternity, with Kim Basinger and William Devane.

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8. In 1961, Natalie Wood played Maria in the Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise musical West Side Story, which was a major box office and critical success.

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