Natalie Wood Reflections on a legendary life

Manoah Bowman

Book - 2016

"The first family-authorized photographic study of Natalie Wood, and the first book to examine her glamorous film career as well as her private, off-screen life as a wife and mother"--Front jacket flap.

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Published
Philadelphia : Running Press [2016]
Language
English
Physical Description
320 pages ; illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 318-319).
ISBN
9780762460519
0762460512
Main Author
Manoah Bowman (author)
Other Authors
Natasha Gregson Wagner, 1970- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Less a birth-to-death chronology than an impressive, appealing scrapbook, this heavily illustrated volume from Bowman (Fellini: The Sixties, 2015) is indebted to its subject, "an avid collector of her own legacy," and her family. Born Natasha Zakharenko to Russian immigrant parents in 1938, Wood was a rare creature, a child actor who transitioned gracefully into a full-fledged Hollywood star. Among the multiform personal effects included here are snapshots of Wood from all stages of her life, images of painstakingly saved newspaper clippings and telegrams from Bette Davis and Herman Wouk, glamorously blasé wardrobe shots (cigarette in hand), contact-printed film stills, and stunning publicity shoot proof sheets. Many of Wood's films have their own, photo-heavy sections of the book. A piece Wood wrote in 1966 for Ladies' Home Journal, where it never ran, is reason for her fans to pick this up (Wood writes, "You earn what you get or else it is counterfeit"). Contributions from Robert J. Wagner and Wood's daughters show a wife and mother whose talent and memory they hope will long live on. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"The first family-authorized photographic study of Natalie Wood, and the first book to examine her glamorous film career as well as her private, off-screen life as a wife and mother"--Front jacket flap.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Redefining the extraordinary life and tragic death of the child actor who smoothly transitioned to adult roles in the 1950s and æ60s, a first family-authorized photographic biography showcases her glamorous film career as well as her private off-screen life as a wife and mother. 15,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Provides a photographic study of the actress' life, examining her glamorous film career and her off-screen life as a wife and mother.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

As a child actor who smoothly transitioned to adult stardom, Natalie Wood made an unforgettable impact on the world with her sensitive performances and her spectacular beauty. In a span of less than twenty years, her talent graced a dozen classics, including Miracle on 34th Street, The Searchers, Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, West Side Story, and Gypsy, earning her three Oscar nominations and two Golden Globes. Few actresses in Hollywood history have carved out careers as diverse and rich as Natalie Wood's, and few have touched as many hearts in a tragically short lifetime.Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life boldly redefines Natalie not by her tragic death, but by her extraordinary life. This is the first family-authorized photographic study of Natalie Wood, and the first book to examine her glamorous film career as well as her private off-screen life as a wife and mother. Highlights include a special section on the making of West Side Story, a foreword by her husband Robert Wagner, a family album with never-before-seen snapshots captioned by daughter Courtney Wagner, an unpublished article written by Natalie in her own words, and an afterword by friend and costar Robert Redford. Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life will change the way the world remembers a Hollywood legend.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

As a child actor who smoothly transitioned to adult stardom, Natalie Wood made an unforgettable impact on the world with her sensitive performances and her spectacular beauty. In a span of less than twenty years, her talent graced a dozen classics, including Miracle on 34th Street, The Searchers, Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, West Side Story, and Gypsy, earning her three Oscar nominations and two Golden Globes. Few actresses in Hollywood history have carved out careers as diverse and rich as Natalie Wood's, and few have touched as many hearts in a tragically short lifetime.Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life boldly redefines Natalie not by her tragic death, but by her extraordinary life. This is the first family-authorized photographic study of Natalie Wood, and the first book to examine her glamorous film career as well as her private off-screen life as a wife and mother. Highlights include a special section on the making of West Side Story, a foreword by her husband Robert Wagner, a family album with never-before-seen snapshots captioned by daughter Courtney Wagner, an unpublished article written by Natalie in her own words, and an afterword by friend and costar Robert Redford. Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life will change the way the world remembers a Hollywood legend.