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In a Nov. 25, 1959 file photo, Natalie Wood and her husband Robert Wagner are made up for their roles in "All The Fine Young Cannibals," in Los Angeles. Dennis Davern, captain of the yacht Splendour, which Wood was aboard at the time of her death, said on national TV Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 that he lied to investigators about Natalie Wood's mysterious death 30 years ago and blames the actress' husband at the time, Robert Wagner, for her drowning in the ocean off Southern California.

Exterior Views Of Natalie Woods' Former Boat "Splendour"

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Natalie Woods' former boat, The Splendour is seen docked at Keawalo Basin boat harbor on November 19, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

American actors Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood

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American actors Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood chat together at the Cannes Festival in May 1962.

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American actress Natalie Wood (1938-1981), her children Natasha (C), Courtney (R), and her husband U.S. actor Robert Wagner arrive at London airport 04 July 1976. Natalie Wood's career began at age 4, when director Irving Pichel gave her a small role in "Happy Land" (1943). By 1946, age 8, she was making $1000/week. In 1950 she was the queen of fan magazines and the second biggest actress next to Elizabeth Taylor. Natalie has made 56 films fo TV and Cinema, among them "West Side Story" (1961) in which she played Maria. She married 3 times, twice to US actor Robert Wagner. (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)

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Wood, the daughter of Russian Immigrants, was born Natasha Gurdin on July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California. She got her first role at the age of four in a movie called 'Happy Land' (1943). She is most famously known for her role in "West Side Story," a film that won multiple Oscars.

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American actress Natalie Wood poses in a Yves Saint Laurent costume, 19 September 1964 in Paris. Wood, the daughter of Russian Immigrants, was born Natasha Gurdin on July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California. She got her first role at the age of four in a movie called "Happy Land" (1943). She continued playing roles of young girls until the age of 17, where she landed the role of "Judy" in the film "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955). Natalie Wood married Robert Wagner 28 December 1957, divorced in 1962 and later remarried in 1972. She was nominated for two Academy Awards for her roles in "Splendor in the Grass" and "Love With a Proper Stranger". She acted in "West Side Story", a movie which won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Supporting Actors, Best Supporting Actress. Natalie Wood had made 56 films for Tv and the silver screen. She died drowning 29 November 1981.


There are new details in the mysterious death of Hollywood legend Natalie Wood.

In 1981, the actress drowned off the coast of Catalina Island, while a weekend boating trip with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken. 

Yesterday the L.A. coroner released a new report, changing the cause of her death from "accidental drowning" to "drowning and other undetermined factors." 

For more on this, we're joined now by Alex Ben Block of the Hollywood Reporter.  


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