Gavin Lambert
Natalie Wood
July 10, 2019 Comments.. 190
Natalie Wood She spent her life in the movies Her childhood is still there to see in Miracle on th Street Her adolescence in Rebel Without a Cause Her coming of age Still playing in Splendor in the Grass and Wes

  • Title: Natalie Wood
  • Author: Gavin Lambert
  • ISBN: 9780375410741
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 IsShe 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, everyonewho 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.

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    1 Blog on “Natalie Wood

    1. Stephanie says:

      Natalie had such an interesting life and this book failed to show that. I'm a huge Natalie fan and this nearly put me to sleep. This book was written for one reason, and one reason only - to shine RJ Wagner's shoes. Finstad's bio "Natasha" told the truth and Wagner couldn't handle that so he had Lambert write this to clean up the dirt. It is written as though Wagner was literally standing over his shoulder the entire time. It's really sad that RJ is so obsessed with his ego that he had to sacrif [...]

    2. Farrah says:

      This has to be one of THE most boring Hollywood or celebrity biographies I've ever read. It was basically like a filmography of each of her movies, with a small dash of personal information thrown in. It didn't feel very in-depth, and it certainly wasn't well-written.

    3. Kourtney says:

      I am a Natalie Wood fan so I eagerly dived into this - and I should have gone against that feeling. This book is so pointed and biased I could not even make my way through the whole thing. Skip it and find a different biography that is unbiased and just lists the facts.

    4. Colleen says:

      This so-called "biography" of Natalie Wood is an insult to her memory and makes one wonder what she ever saw in Robert Wagner - or the late Gavin Lambert for that matter. I am in agreement the book is also boring and the pictures are the best thing about it. Lambert clearly was heavily influenced by Wagner (despite his denials), and if he really was a friend to her (which I doubt) he would have treated her memory with more respect. The book is written in a very patronizing, almost paternalistic [...]

    5. Bookmarks Magazine says:

      Most critics agree with The Washington Post that Natalie Wood "is splendid in every way." Capturing the real essence of another person is virtually impossible, especially when immersed in celebrity drama and pretense. In this moving and thorough examination of Wood's groundbreaking career and too-short life, Lambert, an accomplished novelist whose Inside Daisy Clover provided the basis for one of Wood's films, has come close to the impossible. With great empathy, he explores Wood the movie star [...]

    6. Desiree Dominguez says:

      I am a big Natalie wood fan, so I was excited to read this book. I had read a couple of reviews and most of them were good. I was extremely disappointed with this book. I didn't read it all because I just couldn't and it already had bore me. Most biography's talk about their subject in general, but this was different. All Gavin Lambert wrote most about was Natalie's mother Nina, and how she was natalie's stage mother. I didn't really even talk about Natalie until four long chapters after. So if [...]

    7. Sandy says:

      I hadn't heard a lot of the information in this book, written from the perspective of a friend and also a motion picture person. It was way too detailed about the films and the methods employed etc. The information about Natalie's background, her ancestors, in the beginning was very confusing and boring. As the book unfolded it was very revealing and occasionally confusing with the author going back and forth in time. Overall it was a fairly good read and gave the reader a lot to remember about [...]

    8. Scott says:

      She once said of Marilyn Monroe: "When you look [at her] on the screen, you don't want anything bad to happen to her. You really care that she should be all right, and happy." Did Ms. Wood realize that the sentiment eventually would apply to her?

    9. John says:

      Phoenominal. Beautiful. This biography made me appreciate an actress I already love. This is honest, real, and not a fluffy, sugar-coated account of Natalie Wood's life and mysterious death. I highly reccomend this read.

    10. Terri says:

      Her life was troubled. Her mom wanted her to make money and that is about it.

    11. Rachel says:

      Everything a biography should be. Loved Natalie, and the mystery of her death makes her life ever more intriguing.

    12. Cami says:

      I'm such a huge fan of Natalie Wood, I've read (I believe) all of the biographies written about her. Just add this one to the list! I enjoy them all

    13. Ellie Syverud says:

      not well written, but fascinating account of her too short life

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