Natalia Zacharenko (July 20, 1938 November 29, 1981), better known as [[StageName Natalie Wood]], was a Russian-American actress most famous for appearing in ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'' and ''Film/WestSideStory'', for marrying Robert Wagner twice, and sadly, for [[ActorExistenceFailure drowning in mysterious circumstances]] at the age of 43.

First appeared on screen aged four and had a career spanning five decades, from ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' in 1947 to the posthumously released scifi ''Film/{{Brainstorm}}'' in 1983. A relatively rare example of a child star who avoided FormerChildStar status and became an A-lister in adulthood (Creator/ElizabethTaylor is another).

Is the older sister of [[Film/DiamondsAreForever Bond Girl]] Lana Wood, and the mother of actress Natasha Gregson Wagner.
!!Her films include:

* ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'' (1947)
* ''Film/TheGhostAndMrsMuir'' (1947)
* ''Film/RebelWithoutACause'' (1955)
* ''Film/TheSearchers'' (1956)
* ''Film/WestSideStory'' (1961)
* ''Film/SplendorInTheGrass'' (1961)
* ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'' (1962)
* ''Film/LoveWithTheProperStranger'' (1963)
* ''Film/TheGreatRace'' (1965)
* ''Film/BobAndCarolAndTedAndAlice'' (1969)
* ''Film/TheCandidate'' (1972) (cameo)
* ''Film/{{Meteor}}'' (1979)
* ''Film/{{Brainstorm}}'' (1983)

!!Tropes associated with her work include:

* {{Adorkable}}: Some of her characters, such as Maria in ''West Side Story'' and Louise in ''Gypsy''. Herself in real life as well, if her way of trying to disguise her voice in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf1zlqp9PyU this appearance]] on ''What's My Line?'' is anything to go by.
* CareerResurrection: [[invoked]] After ''The Searchers'', she appeared in a string of failed films. According to Creator/EliaKazan, by 1960, she was considered as "washed up". He still cast her in ''Splendor in the Grass'', which came out in 1961, received critical acclaim and brought Wood her second Oscar nomination. Also in 1961, she starred in ''West Side Story'', which was the biggest hit of the year and won the Oscar for Best Picture. This brought Wood back to the A-list.
* TheCastShowoff: [[invoked]] Could speak Russian, as utilised in ''The Great Race''.
* DawsonCasting: [[invoked]] Averted in ''Rebel''. She was a teenager at the time. Played straight in ''Splendor in the Grass'', ''West Side Story'' and ''Gypsy''.
* FormerChildStar: One of few to still have a successful career as an adult.
* ImportantHaircut: To the character in ''Splendor''.
* NonSingingVoice: [[invoked]] Her singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon in ''West Side Story'', and by Jackie Ward in ''The Great Race'' and ''Inside Daisy Clover''. In ''Gypsy'', however, she did her own singing.
* OneHeadTaller: Was 5'0'' and usually dwarfed by the leading man.
* PhotographicMemory: She could easily memorize and deliver her lines, earning her the nickname, "One Take Natalie." Sometimes, she also had to help co-stars with ''their'' lines.
* StageNames: She was born as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her name was later changed to Gurdin, and when she started to appear in movies, Wood.
* StageMom: Her mother, who took this to AbusiveParents territory. This included controlling every aspect of Natalie's life, [[KickTheDog ripping the wings of a butterfly]] before an audition to make her cry, refusing to call a doctor when Natalie broke her wrist on-set (which resulted in her wrist healing crooked) and not reporting it to the police when Natalie was raped by a director because she thought it would make people not want to hire her for more roles.
* StarMakingRole: [[invoked]] In ''Rebel Without a Cause''. And the death of JamesDean shortly after left her as the sole focus of much of the contemporary fandom.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]] Opted to stay away from large film roles during the 1970s to raise a family. ''Brainstorm'' was supposed to be a 'comeback' role. Also, the stress of finishing the film after her death pushed director Douglas Trumbull away from moviemaking.