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Natalie Wood The All American Actress I raised my daughter to be a movie star those were the words of Maria Gurdin talking of her daughter On July 20 1938 a star was born in San Francisco Natasha Nikolaevna Zacharenko later changed to Natalie Wood for easier pronunciation was born to Russian parents Maria and Nicholas Gurdin Natalie was born a true star By the age of four she had already snagged an ensemble role in a movie Happy Land MrsGurdin saw her daughter as a star so she moved the family to Los Angeles in 1943 to try to get Natalie into acting The change was obviously for the best because later on at the age of nine Natalie stole a memorable role in The Miracle on 34th Street an all time classic Her childhood success was obvious by the age of twelve she had been in over fourteen movies With her success booming as an actress Natalie Wood was living every girls dream Her first big role which made her a true and famous actress was in 1955 with her role in Rebel Without A Cause starring Natalie Wood and James Dean At this time she was the envy of every teenager Two years later in 1957 Natalie married the love of her life Robert Wagner on December 28 Her career was at a high She was in true classics like West Side Story Gypsy and Splendor in the Grass Natalie than hit a slump in her life when she and Robert Wagner ended the marriage in June of 1962 due to stress in Natalies career Although upset about the split with Wagner Natalie continued to star in timeless masterpieces like The Great Race and Love With A Proper Stranger Natalie married Richard Gregson in May of 1969 but unfortunately they divorced in 1971 About a year later Natalie got back together with Robert Wagner and they married in July of 1972
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