Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood

A Life / Gavin Lambert

Book - 2004
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Random House, Inc.
She spent her life in the movies. Her childhood is still there to see in Miracle on 34th Street. Her adolescence in Rebel Without a Cause. Her coming of age? Still playing in Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story and countless other hit movies. From the moment Natalie Wood made her debut in 1946, playing Claudette Colbert and Orson Welles’s ward in Tomorrow Is Forever at the age of seven, to her shocking, untimely death in 1981, the decades of her life are marked by movies that–for their moments–summed up America’s dreams.

Now the acclaimed novelist, biographer, critic and screenwriter Gavin Lambert, whose twenty-year friendship with Natalie Wood began when she wanted to star in the movie adaptation of his novel Inside Daisy Clover, tells her extraordinary story. He writes about her parents, uncovering secrets that Natalie either didn’t know or kept hidden from those closest to her. Here is the young Natalie, from her years as a child actress at the mercy of a driven, controlling stage mother (“Make Mr. Pichel love you,” she whispered to the five-year-old Natalie before depositing her unexpectedly on the director’s lap), to her awkward adolescence when, suddenly too old for kiddie roles, she was shunted aside, just another freshman at Van Nuys High. Lambert shows us the glamorous movie star in her twenties—All the Fine Young Cannibals, Gypsy and Love with the Proper Stranger. He writes about her marriages, her divorces, her love affairs, her suicide attempt at twenty-six, the birth of her children, her friendships, her struggles as an actress and her tragic death by drowning (she was always terrified of water) at forty-three.
For the first time, everyone who knew Natalie Wood speaks freely–including her husbands Robert Wagner and Richard Gregson, famously private people like Warren Beatty, intimate friends such as playwright Mart Crowley, directors Robert Mulligan and Paul Mazursky, and Leslie Caron, each of whom told the author stories about this remarkable woman who was both life-loving and filled with despair.

What we couldn’t know–have never been told before–Lambert perceptively uncovers. His book provides the richest portrait we have had of Natalie Wood.

Baker & Taylor
A compelling new portrait of Natalie Wood draws on the author's own twenty-year friendship with the acclaimed actress, as well as interviews with family and intimates, private letters, and personal photographs, to chronicle her life, from child actress at the mercy of a controlling stage mother to her tragic drowning death at the age of forty-three. 50,000 first printing.

Book News
From her debut acting with Orson Welles in Tomorrow is Forever at age 7 until her tragic drowning death at 43, Natalie Wood's life was devoted to the movies. Drawing upon interviews conducted with those closest to her, Lambert tells the story of the actress's life and career. Coverage includes Wood's marriages, divorces, children, friendships, and professional struggles. Biographer, critic, and screenwriter Lambert was a personal friend of Wood. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
Now the acclaimed novelist, biographer, critic and screenwriter Gavin Lambert, whose twenty-year friendship with Natalie Wood began when she wanted to star in the movie adaptation of his novel Inside Daisy Clover, tells her extraordinary story. He writes about her parents, uncovering secrets that Natalie either didn't know or kept hidden from those closest to her. Here is the young Natalie, from her years as a child actress at the mercy of a driven, controlling stage mother ("Make Mr. Pichel love you," she whispered to the five-year-old Natalie before depositing her unexpectedly on the director's lap), to her awkward adolescence when, suddenly too old for kiddie roles, she was shunted aside, just another freshman at Van Nuys High. Lambert shows us the glamorous movie star in her twenties - All the Fine Young Cannibals, Gypsy and Love with the Proper Stranger. He writes about her marriages, her divorces, her love affairs, her suicide attempt at twenty-six, the birth of her children, her friendships, her struggles as an actress and her tragic death by drowning (she was always terrified of water) at forty-three.
For the first time, everyone who knew Natalie Wood speaks freely - including her husbands Robert Wagner and Richard Gregson, famously private people like Warren Beatty, intimate friends such as playwright Mart Crowley, directors Robert Mulligan and Paul Mazursky, and Leslie Caron, each of whom told the author stories about this remarkable woman who was both life-loving and filled with despair.
What we couldn't know - have never been told before - Lambert perceptively uncovers. His book provides the richest portrait we have had of Natalie Wood.

Baker
& Taylor

Draws on the author's twenty-year friendship with the acclaimed actress, as well as interviews with family and intimates, to chronicle her life, from child actress to her tragic drowning death at the age of forty-three.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375410741
0375410740
Branch Call Number: B WOOD
B WOOD
Characteristics: 370 p

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