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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.
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!!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)

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!!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.
* FormerChildStar: One of few to still have a successful career as an adult.
* ImportantHaircut: To the character in ''Splendor''.
* 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.
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