Hot Best Seller

Natalie Wood: The Complete Biography

Availability: Ready to download

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The definitive biography of a vulnerable and talented actress, now with shocking new chapters including the reopened investigation into her mysterious drowning. Natalie Wood has been hailed alongside Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor as one of the top three female movie stars in film history. We watched her mature on the movie screen before ou NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The definitive biography of a vulnerable and talented actress, now with shocking new chapters including the reopened investigation into her mysterious drowning. Natalie Wood has been hailed alongside Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor as one of the top three female movie stars in film history. We watched her mature on the movie screen before our eyes in classics such as Miracle on 34th Street, Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, and West Side Story. But the story of what she endured, of what her life was like when the doors of the soundstages closed, had long been obscured. Based on years of astonishing research, Natalie Wood (previously published as Natasha) raises the curtain on Wood's turbulent life. Award-winning author Suzanne Finstad conducted nearly four hundred interviews with Natalie Wood's family, close friends, legendary costars, lovers, film crews, and virtually everyone connected to her death. Through these firsthand accounts, Finstad reconstructs a life of emotional abuse and exploitation, of unimaginable fame, great loneliness, and loss. She reveals painful truths in Wood's complex relationships with James Dean, Frank Sinatra, Warren Beatty, and, of course, Robert Wagner. Thirty years after Natalie Wood's death, the L.A. Sheriff's Department reopened the investigation into her drowning using Finstad's groundbreaking research and chilling, hour-by-hour timeline of that tumultuous weekend as evidence. Within a year, the L.A. Coroner changed Natalie Wood's death certificate from "Accidental Drowning" to "Drowning and Other Undetermined Factors." In 2018, the LAPD officially named Wagner a "Person of Interest" in Wood's death. In this updated edition, Finstad will share her explosive findings from the last two decades. With her unprecedented access to the LAPD's "Murder Book," ignored by the original investigators, and new witnesses who have never spoken publicly, Finstad uncovers what really happened to Natalie Wood on that fateful boating trip in 1981 with Wagner and Christopher Walken. She expands on intimate details from Wood's unpublished memoir, which affirms her fear of drowning and the betrayal by Wagner that shattered their first marriage. Finstad tells this heartbreaking story with sensitivity and grace, revealing a complex and conflicting mix of fragility and strength in a woman who was swept along by forces few could have resisted.


Compare

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The definitive biography of a vulnerable and talented actress, now with shocking new chapters including the reopened investigation into her mysterious drowning. Natalie Wood has been hailed alongside Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor as one of the top three female movie stars in film history. We watched her mature on the movie screen before ou NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The definitive biography of a vulnerable and talented actress, now with shocking new chapters including the reopened investigation into her mysterious drowning. Natalie Wood has been hailed alongside Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor as one of the top three female movie stars in film history. We watched her mature on the movie screen before our eyes in classics such as Miracle on 34th Street, Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, and West Side Story. But the story of what she endured, of what her life was like when the doors of the soundstages closed, had long been obscured. Based on years of astonishing research, Natalie Wood (previously published as Natasha) raises the curtain on Wood's turbulent life. Award-winning author Suzanne Finstad conducted nearly four hundred interviews with Natalie Wood's family, close friends, legendary costars, lovers, film crews, and virtually everyone connected to her death. Through these firsthand accounts, Finstad reconstructs a life of emotional abuse and exploitation, of unimaginable fame, great loneliness, and loss. She reveals painful truths in Wood's complex relationships with James Dean, Frank Sinatra, Warren Beatty, and, of course, Robert Wagner. Thirty years after Natalie Wood's death, the L.A. Sheriff's Department reopened the investigation into her drowning using Finstad's groundbreaking research and chilling, hour-by-hour timeline of that tumultuous weekend as evidence. Within a year, the L.A. Coroner changed Natalie Wood's death certificate from "Accidental Drowning" to "Drowning and Other Undetermined Factors." In 2018, the LAPD officially named Wagner a "Person of Interest" in Wood's death. In this updated edition, Finstad will share her explosive findings from the last two decades. With her unprecedented access to the LAPD's "Murder Book," ignored by the original investigators, and new witnesses who have never spoken publicly, Finstad uncovers what really happened to Natalie Wood on that fateful boating trip in 1981 with Wagner and Christopher Walken. She expands on intimate details from Wood's unpublished memoir, which affirms her fear of drowning and the betrayal by Wagner that shattered their first marriage. Finstad tells this heartbreaking story with sensitivity and grace, revealing a complex and conflicting mix of fragility and strength in a woman who was swept along by forces few could have resisted.

30 review for Natalie Wood: The Complete Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    4.5 stars "My life has been sort of reversed. I was working when other girls were going to school, and when other women were reaching the age when they wanted careers, I was interested in staying home." -- Natalie Wood Originally issued in 2001 - which was the 20th anniversary of Ms. Wood's untimely and mysterious death at sea - as Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood, this re-titled and updated version benefits from author Finstad's access to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office assembled ' 4.5 stars "My life has been sort of reversed. I was working when other girls were going to school, and when other women were reaching the age when they wanted careers, I was interested in staying home." -- Natalie Wood Originally issued in 2001 - which was the 20th anniversary of Ms. Wood's untimely and mysterious death at sea - as Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood, this re-titled and updated version benefits from author Finstad's access to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office assembled 'murder book,' or the case file, notes and photographs of the original 1981 death investigation. Certainly now more than ever it appears that actor / husband Robert Wagner and boat captain Dennis Davern have often been less than truthful about the night of Ms. Wood's passing (and I have no idea what to think about actor Christopher Walken's possible involvement), but at this point it is unlikely that the full truth will ever be known. And that's a damn shame, because after reading this mammoth bio - the kind I refer to as both exhaustive and exhausting - Ms. Wood deserved a hell of a lot better. Born to Russian immigrant parents in northern California at that slim moment between the end of the Great Depression and the start of WWII, Ms. Wood (real name: Natalia Zakharenko) was pretty much pushed into movie acting by her domineering and aggressive stage mother Maria. Although not quite becoming a 'child star,' Ms. Wood worked steadily - being the breadwinner of her family - for over a decade until her teenage years, when it seemed like she might hit a career dead-end for just naturally growing up. Then came the legendary film Rebel Without a Cause, which set her on the adult A-list track for about the next fifteen years, accompanied by a handful of Oscar nominations as well as a handful of suicide attempts. Then, just after reaching her early 30's, she decided in a highly unusual move to intentionally walk away from acting temporarily to be a full-time mother to her two young daughters. She was getting her career re-started - winning awards for a few TV-movies and planning for a theatrical show - when she perished under mysterious circumstances in late 1981. I have always admired Ms. Wood's films (I first watched her in Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story and Love with a Proper Stranger, all while in high school) and, just in my own opinion, think she was simply the most beautiful American actress circa 1966-1972. Author Finstad has done some really exemplary work here in presenting a thoroughly researched life story. I was particularly struck by the untold number of times that several of those interviewed - high school friends, film production folks, former employees - all separately mentioned that Ms. Wood was an exceedingly nice, polite, caring and charming person in real life, while she also struggled with quite a few personal issues for several years. At nearly 500 detailed pages, readers will intimately feel like they know Ms. Wood as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

    This was a very well written comprehensive biography of Natalie wood. It goes through her childhood and explains why she had so many phobias and was anxiety ridden , it went down to the root of what caused them. And then as an added on bonus to this updated biography it goes into what happened when she died . The author got to actually go through the murder book that the police had started during this investigation and the theory that this author came up with sounded pretty plausible. It was an This was a very well written comprehensive biography of Natalie wood. It goes through her childhood and explains why she had so many phobias and was anxiety ridden , it went down to the root of what caused them. And then as an added on bonus to this updated biography it goes into what happened when she died . The author got to actually go through the murder book that the police had started during this investigation and the theory that this author came up with sounded pretty plausible. It was an interesting biography that kept me engaged and held my attention. I give this bio 2 👍🏻👍🏻. If you get a chance it’s a pretty good read .

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is the best and most thorough celebrity biography I've ever read. I picked it up because I've been infatuated with ✨Natalie Wood✨ ("The Badge," as Natalie called her movie star persona), but I came away totally in love with Natasha, the real woman behind the makeup and chunky bracelets. She had a very interesting life and dealt with many tragedies and personal struggles, many stemming from her complicated relationship with her abusive, paranoid, and stardom-obsessed mother. This book has al This is the best and most thorough celebrity biography I've ever read. I picked it up because I've been infatuated with ✨Natalie Wood✨ ("The Badge," as Natalie called her movie star persona), but I came away totally in love with Natasha, the real woman behind the makeup and chunky bracelets. She had a very interesting life and dealt with many tragedies and personal struggles, many stemming from her complicated relationship with her abusive, paranoid, and stardom-obsessed mother. This book has almost too many gory details about her personal life and I found myself desperately hoping she could just catch a break. She was treated horribly by many men in the industry, including her husbands, and her mother started pimping her out to senior-aged industry executives at the young age of 14. Natalie carried on despite the heartbreaks and abuse, committed to improving herself and her craft, until her untimely and suspicious drowning. As an aside, I'm now totally invested in the investigation (or lack thereof) into Natalie's death. Finstad retraced Natalie's final steps and conducted more witness interviews than law enforcement did back when Natalie first drowned. Finstad doesn't sugar coat the great lengths Robert Wagner went to conceal Natalie's whereabouts, how frequently his and Christopher Walken's stories changed, and how starstuck the lead investigator was by his presence, and many other investigative red flags. Finstad's account is so thorough, when Natalie's case was recently reopened, law enforcement used this book as their definitive timeline of the night she died. I've subsequently researched quite a bit and can't find a better resource than this. Rather than reading a different NW biography, I'd rather read this one again. Despite the tragic ending, it's been a pleasure to read about Natalie's life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Outrage. Sheer, white-hot, overwhelming outrage. One of the many questions Suzanne Finstad’s searing biography of Natalie Wood raises is: at how many different places simultaneously can the reader direct it? Certainly not at the author’s writing style, which is incisively clear, insightful and sensitive; nor at the breadth or depth of her scholarship, which exposes a life lived behind many layers of carefully constructed lies as well as the total incompetence of the law enforcement team that had Outrage. Sheer, white-hot, overwhelming outrage. One of the many questions Suzanne Finstad’s searing biography of Natalie Wood raises is: at how many different places simultaneously can the reader direct it? Certainly not at the author’s writing style, which is incisively clear, insightful and sensitive; nor at the breadth or depth of her scholarship, which exposes a life lived behind many layers of carefully constructed lies as well as the total incompetence of the law enforcement team that had no interest in finding the truth of Ms. Wood’s last few hours on earth. Whether or not you are a fan of Natalie Wood, this book is a major eye-opener about abuse: abuse of children, abuse of power, abuse of the Hollywood star-maker machinery, and abuse of everything else along the way. Of all the work she left behind, including the girlfriend in “Rebel Without a Cause” and the lead in “Inside Daisy Clover,” Ms. Wood’s crowning achievement must be her role as the luminous, tragic Maria in “West Side Story.” Since 1981, though, her other biggest claim to fame has been the infamous manner of her death at the young age of 42. Her drowning off the coast of Santa Catalina Island, two nights after Thanksgiving that year, triggered an abortive and severely bungled police investigation. If you were alive when the news of her death blasted over the media back then, your first and only thought was, “How in Hell did that happen??” To understand the answer, it is necessary to peer behind the carefully constructed iron curtain of lies surrounding Wood all the way back to her birth. As told by author Finstad, the whole life of this old-fashioned movie star is actually an anti-Hollywood fable, a sick, twisted fairy tale where the wicked stepmother is the princess’s biological parent; Prince Charming becomes dangerous to his wife’s mental health as well as her safety; and that whole Happily Ever After thing turns deadly. The author does an excellent job of analyzing not only the opposing forces in Wood’s personality that added to the tumult in her life, but what put them there in the first place. It begins with Natalia’s (as she was christened) total head case of a mother. Not to belittle what Joan Crawford’s daughter Christina endured at the hands of her own superstar parent, but as recounted painstakingly by Finstad, the quietly insidious emotional abuse that Wood’s narcissistic, overbearing, star-struck, Hollywood-worshipping monster-mother relentlessly loads onto her daughter as she grows up makes the infamous line “No—wire—hangers!!” in the Crawford biopic “Mommie Dearest” sound like a lullaby. Finstad’s careful reconstruction of the mother’s own psychology and treatment of her middle daughter, which obliterates the development of the child’s own personality, makes it completely plausible why Natalie Wood ended up accepting continuing abuse from various places within the Hollywood system all her life. (This same Hollywood system—personified by various directors, producers, agents, and so on—becomes a sort of institutionalized father figure who perpetuates and enhances the abuse begun by the mother so many years earlier.) Ms. Wood did have innate talent that she could turn on from a young age in front of people and cameras; but it is a tribute to her that as an adult, she learned to grow her own strength as well, or she would not have survived even as long as she did. Wood was able to separate the movie star persona she had grown up thinking she truly was from the authentic human being she turned out to be only after years of therapy as an adult. Before getting there, she faced almost never-ending mistreatment. For example, the book recounts how, after experiencing success as a child actress, Wood makes the leap to becoming an adult actor, something most child actors never manage. In her mid-teens she becomes the sexual and emotional prey—there is just no other way to say it—of the unscrupulous 43-year-old director of the immortal “Rebel Without a Cause,” who strings her along for months about a role she desperately wants, with no promises of winning it. Back then, everyone who knew about it (the movie industry, not the general public) took this kind of behavior for granted, including the actresses who were preyed upon. The post-Harvey Weinstein reader demands, where was the outrage? The author sensitively recounts how, even after years of therapy, Wood’s movie star persona (“The Badge,” as the actress herself calls it) keeps getting in the way of the lifestyle she really wants. A second marriage to the love of her life does provide her with happiness, but even that ends in the most truly horrifying of ways. Regarding Wood’s drowning death, the book’s allegations remain only allegations, albeit damning ones. There is no smoking gun: no tell-tale film footage exists of how or why Ms. Wood fell off the boat before the water took her from this world. But in the way the law enforcement authorities subsequently botched the investigation; in the way some people involved evidently succumbed to misplaced hero-worship, intimidation, outright fear, or whatever kept them from speaking the full truth when it could have counted; in the way, as the author insists, nobody ever protected Natalie Wood: justice does not merely miscarry here; it literally hemorrhages. By the end of the book, the reader is forcefully reminded of the final shot of Ms. Wood’s friend Robert Redford’s film “Quiz Show,” in which the camera pans across a studio audience laughing and clapping in slow motion for what the moviegoer now knows is a web of deceit, with the audience ultimately responsible. The biography’s indictment is perhaps more subtle than this movie’s, but the moral of the story is clear: Don’t believe everything you hear. Especially when it happens in Hollywood.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Wow. What a breathtaking book. It’s a long read but time becomes irrelevant once you’re engrossed. After reading the final section, I’m more convinced than ever that Natalie was murdered. The author is a tremendous writer and researcher. She really threw herself into this project distilling the essence of who Natasha/Natalie was.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    2.5 Repetitive and overly dramatic. Don’t recommend the audiobook version; Rose McGowan narration is terrible.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kathy (Bermudaonion)

    4.25 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Beckford

    Harrowing,compelling. Not an easy read-quite dense and at times feels as if there is much repetition. Tragic account of relentless betrayal. The last 6 chapters are intense page turners.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tara Reed

    This is a spectacular read! I’ve read at least three other bios on Natalie and this is the most balanced and offers the most honest account of her life and is a stark contrast to the press releases passed off as memoirs by Wagner.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl

    Enjoyed this revealing bio of Natalie Wood.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jill Meyer

    In 2002 American biographer Suzanne Finstad wrote a biography, “Natasha”, about actress Natalie Wood. This was about 20 years after Wood’s death in a highly suspicious boating accident. Speculation on the exact circumstances had been touted since the police report had been issued in 1981. Robert Wagner, her husband, hadn’t convinced anyone of his innocence and the other two men on the boat that night, were also high on the creepiness scale. It was really one of those deaths where anyone could ha In 2002 American biographer Suzanne Finstad wrote a biography, “Natasha”, about actress Natalie Wood. This was about 20 years after Wood’s death in a highly suspicious boating accident. Speculation on the exact circumstances had been touted since the police report had been issued in 1981. Robert Wagner, her husband, hadn’t convinced anyone of his innocence and the other two men on the boat that night, were also high on the creepiness scale. It was really one of those deaths where anyone could have pushed Wood off the side of the boat, “Splendor” OR she could have fallen off the deck, having been in a drunken state, along with the three men she was with. A couple of years ago some new evidence implicating Wagner came up, and Finstad wrote an addendum to the 2002 book. I didn’t read the earlier book, never having had much interest in Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner, or Christopher Walken, so I don’t know how much of the new book had been in the old book. However, Finstad is such a wonderful writer and even if you’ve read the first book, I think you’d enjoy rereading it in the new book, “Natalie: The Complete Biography”. Natalie Wood, born Natasha Gurdin, was the daughter of two Russians, who left The Soviet Union in the early 1930’s. Maria, the mother, was the stage mother from hell. Her father was a heavy drinker who often took out his anger over his unsuccessful life on Maria. Maria saw Natasha, a beautiful small child as her ticket out of lower middle class life and into the wealth Natasha would earn for them. Maria began by changing her child’s name to “Natalie Wood” and making her into the perfect child actor. Some of Maria’s actions were funny and some were downright cruel, but one of the worst things she did was to take away Natasha/Natalie’s sense of identity. Another thing the mother did to the daughter was to install in her an incredible fear of water and the “certainty” that Natalie would die in dark water. This fear - among many others - would stay with Natalie all her life. And Natalie Wood DID die in dark waters that night off Catalina Island. Suzanne Finstad’s book really is a complete look at Wood’s life. She brings up certain truths long hidden, such as Natalie divorcing Wagner after walking in on he and their butler having sex. She remarried him after a short second marriage to a British movie agent. Finstad’s book is a long one, but it’s a very well researched and well written book. Her last chapter is an in-depth look at that fatal trip on “Splendor”. I can heartily recommend it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maryann Fox

    Interesting to see the lies Robert Wagner told about Natalie upon her death to the authorities and that her family lestnex of her death from a friend who saw it on tV If you think he’s innocent, was overcome with emotion: not thinking clearly think again

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    I suppose memoirs, especially celebrity ones, are predisposed to be disturbing. This one really fits that bill. It covers Natalie Wood's life from about age 4 to her death at age 43, and the investigations into her death since then. Natalie Zacharenko (later Natasha Gurdin) was born of Russian immigrants. Her mother Maria was a very overbearing parent, pushing Natasha into show business no matter what it cost the poor little girl. Maria seemed to be very superstitious and pushed those beliefs o I suppose memoirs, especially celebrity ones, are predisposed to be disturbing. This one really fits that bill. It covers Natalie Wood's life from about age 4 to her death at age 43, and the investigations into her death since then. Natalie Zacharenko (later Natasha Gurdin) was born of Russian immigrants. Her mother Maria was a very overbearing parent, pushing Natasha into show business no matter what it cost the poor little girl. Maria seemed to be very superstitious and pushed those beliefs onto her children. Natasha was named Natalie Wood for her Hollywood entrance. Natalie Wood ended up being frightened to sleep alone (she had a lot of stuffed animals and dolls surrounding her--whom she talked to), frightened of deep dark water (and thus of swimming), and afraid to make waves by disagreeing with anyone. She was raped by a well known actor, and abused by others. She was basically prostituted to a much older man by her own mother. Much is written in this book about young men on the "casting couch"--many of them quite famous and named. Natalie was married twice to Robert Wagner after a breakup of their first marriage because she found him with another man. Natalie was described by others as moral due to her believing in fidelity in marriage--though that didn't seem to stop her from philandering during her single stages. The circumstances of Natalie's death are still undetermined--at first, the cause of death was listed as accidental drowning, but changed later to drowning and other undetermined factors. The original investigation was really shoddy, seemingly circumvented by Robert Wagner, Frank Sinatra, and others. There were 3 men on the boat with her off of Catalina when she perished--none of which tried to find her or call for help when they "found her missing". Investigation is ongoing with probably no results due to RJ not cooperating. Lana Wood has stated that her sister was murdered--first degree is the only one without a statue of limitations.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pippin

    I would give this 4.5 stars. I only take off half a star because at times I felt the author would try to psychologically analyze Robert Wagner in ways she was not qualified. I am the last person to defend Wagner, but grief does make people do odd things, so it’s much better to focus on evidence that isn’t just how he behaved at one moment after Natalie Wood’s death. This all mainly happens in the newly-added chapters, and I do think Wagner has been pretty horrible regarding her book since its re I would give this 4.5 stars. I only take off half a star because at times I felt the author would try to psychologically analyze Robert Wagner in ways she was not qualified. I am the last person to defend Wagner, but grief does make people do odd things, so it’s much better to focus on evidence that isn’t just how he behaved at one moment after Natalie Wood’s death. This all mainly happens in the newly-added chapters, and I do think Wagner has been pretty horrible regarding her book since its release. I understand the author’s frustrations but I also think the biography is stronger when it had a more focused view. The book is overall very, very fair to everyone involved. She’ll give multiple sides to events and she clearly did quite a lot of thorough research. I was engaged while reading and finished the book with an intense wave of melancholy. I doubt we will ever know what truly happened to Natalie Wood, and what happened throughout her life was small tragedies, but I will continue to appreciate her life, talent, and warm heart.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    What a piece of junk I am so sorry I bought this lousy ebook. Thankfully I only paid $2.99 so I didn't lose much. I looked at all the glowing reviews and thought that it would be an enjoyable read. This "author" wrote a book that reads like something the National Enquirer would print. And a big source is Natalie's sister Lana, someone so jealous of her sister that she decided to steal Natalie's stage last name, Wood, instead of coming up with one for her identity. If you are a fan of Natalie Wood What a piece of junk I am so sorry I bought this lousy ebook. Thankfully I only paid $2.99 so I didn't lose much. I looked at all the glowing reviews and thought that it would be an enjoyable read. This "author" wrote a book that reads like something the National Enquirer would print. And a big source is Natalie's sister Lana, someone so jealous of her sister that she decided to steal Natalie's stage last name, Wood, instead of coming up with one for her identity. If you are a fan of Natalie Wood, don't buy this book. You should by the book written by her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner. Now that is an excellent book. It's obvious how much she loves and misses her mother. On the other hand, Lana took all of the clothes Natalie left her in her will, including intimate items, and took them to be a store that resold them, and never gave R.J a chance to buy them back. Her daughter's would have loved to have them to remember their mother by. Now I need to delete this trash from my tablet. And take a shower because this book left a stench on me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steven R. Felstein

    an excellent read on my favorite actress as a young person I thoroughly enjoyed this book reading about Natalie’s life and tragic death. Hopefully in todays “me too” movement, this sometimes tragic life she lead would not be possible now. I remember how heartbroken I felt at 30 years old hearing about Natalie’s death. From my house I remember looking out into the ocean that day where I could see Catalina Island and wishing I could have been there that night to save her from those ‘dark waters’ she an excellent read on my favorite actress as a young person I thoroughly enjoyed this book reading about Natalie’s life and tragic death. Hopefully in todays “me too” movement, this sometimes tragic life she lead would not be possible now. I remember how heartbroken I felt at 30 years old hearing about Natalie’s death. From my house I remember looking out into the ocean that day where I could see Catalina Island and wishing I could have been there that night to save her from those ‘dark waters’ she was so afraid of.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paul Martin

    I don't need to read it or any other book because none of the writer's were there when the tragedy happened. I had a source close to the scene and have a clear idea relayed to me about what really happened. As a seasoned reporter I chose to not get involved to date. I am protected as a journalist not to disclose sources too. My source a prominent Catalina resident made me promise not to involve him in any way and to date I have kept silent. But as a writer and senior member of the press in my prof I don't need to read it or any other book because none of the writer's were there when the tragedy happened. I had a source close to the scene and have a clear idea relayed to me about what really happened. As a seasoned reporter I chose to not get involved to date. I am protected as a journalist not to disclose sources too. My source a prominent Catalina resident made me promise not to involve him in any way and to date I have kept silent. But as a writer and senior member of the press in my professional opinion, so far it's been mostly guess work and theory compared to what I know.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I remember hearing about Natalie Wood’s death on the radio as a little girl and asking my parents “Who is Natalie Wood?” This book answers that question: Natalie Wood was a bright, kind, talented person who was manipulated by people like her mother, Frank Sinatra, and the man she married twice. The last portion of the book details years of research on Natalie’s death, including all of the people who covered up what really happened. It is shocking, heartbreaking and horrific, and it will be in my I remember hearing about Natalie Wood’s death on the radio as a little girl and asking my parents “Who is Natalie Wood?” This book answers that question: Natalie Wood was a bright, kind, talented person who was manipulated by people like her mother, Frank Sinatra, and the man she married twice. The last portion of the book details years of research on Natalie’s death, including all of the people who covered up what really happened. It is shocking, heartbreaking and horrific, and it will be in my mind for a long time to come.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    Absorbing read. I could not put this book down. The veil of suspicion has always lingered around Wood’s death, however, Finstad’s intricate research proves Wood was murdered. Wonderfully written, researched and presented. With all certitude Finstad put a great about of blood, sweat and tears into this in depth biography of beloved Natalie Wood.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Allen Kirschenbaum

    As a kid, I watched Robert Wagner starring in It Takes A Thief where he played the “cool” guy. I read this book to see what what their marriage was about, and if the stuff about Natalie Wood’s death could be plausible. Definitely changes Wagner from hero to zero.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Janie A. Hutchison

    This biography of Natalie Wood is unbelievable! And yet, sadly, we have no choice but to believe it. If it was written as fiction the authorities would have, finally, made an arrest. Impeccably researched. The kind of writing that will stay with you.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cait Pool

    I did not realize the original publication of this book was one of the factors in the reopening of the case. This book rights a lot of wrongs that have tainted Natalie Wood's legacy. Remember her life, not her death. But also, detectives, please remember her death cuz it was sus-pish... I did not realize the original publication of this book was one of the factors in the reopening of the case. This book rights a lot of wrongs that have tainted Natalie Wood's legacy. Remember her life, not her death. But also, detectives, please remember her death cuz it was sus-pish...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Miguel A.

    Wow! After more of 30 years since her death i am convinced she was murdered. I guess we will never know

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mikka Verneaux

    Very detailed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Patty

    Heartbreaking.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pixel_andrew

    astonishingly well researched

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Great read Lots of insight. If Wagner isn’t held responsible, I hope, and I’m nit one to wish anything negative to anyone, he suffered 109-fold what Natalie must have went through 😢

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Macaluso

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Book has 6 Acts. Discusses her mothers life and the plan she had to escape natzi regime. Her real name wasnt Natalie Wood. More review as a finish this book. Very good Can't put it down. I'm reading 4 other books, so. Book has 6 Acts. Discusses her mothers life and the plan she had to escape natzi regime. Her real name wasnt Natalie Wood. More review as a finish this book. Very good Can't put it down. I'm reading 4 other books, so.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Libby Sinden

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elena

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...