Friday, March 9, 2012
Gone Too Soon Blogathon: Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood is one of my favorite screen actresses of all time. And I jumped at the chance to write about her for this gone too soon blogathon. It’s ironic that the first film I saw of hers was the last one she made before her untimely death.
Brainstorm which was made in 1981 but wasn’t released until 1983 was the first film I recall seeing of hers. I was around 13 and we had just got HBO. Back then HBO would show new releases every other day, up to 3 airings at a time. So I got plenty of opportunities to watch Brainstorm. Of course I had no idea who she was or her history. And I definitely did not know she had just passed away recently. But from that moment on I learned everything I could about her.
Of course tragedy would strike in 1981 when Natalie drowned off the coast of Catalina Island. Rumors persist to this day that foul play was involved. But whatever happened, we did lose a very talented actress and amazing woman that day at the young age of 43. This post has stirred memories of Natalie in me and I will honor her this weekend with a marathon of the films of her that I own. I would like to think Jessica of Comet Over Hollywood for hosting this blogathon and so glad that I could be a part of it. Please go to her page to check out all the other wonderful entries being posted this weekend of other great stars that left this world way too soon.