Everything you never knew about Natalie Wood on her 78th birthday
From scene-stealing child star to sexy ingénue, Natalie Wood captured the hearts of millions on and off the screen with her infectious laugh and enchanting eyes.
One of Hollywood's most beloved icons, the petite brunette beauty gave us some of the most emotionally charged performances in cinematic history in films including Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story. It's been over 35 years since Wood's tragic and untimely death, but her star power has stayed.
Wood would have turned 78 on July 20. To honor her, here are 15 interesting facts you may not know about the brilliant actress who could make audiences laugh, cry and sympathize.
She made her screen debut at the tender age of four. She was in the film for only 15 seconds, but the director saw something special in her.
By the time she was 14, she appeared in over 20 films and was the breadwinner for her family.
She wasn't a fan of her well-known stage name. Family and friends called her by her birth name, Natasha.
She was one of the few Hollywood studio-system stars to make the successful transition from child star to adult actress.
She was close friends with Robert Redford, who acted as best man in her second wedding
Before the age of 25, she received three Best Actress Academy Award nominations: Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Splendor in the Grass (1962) and Love with the Proper Stranger
She married the love of her life, actor Robert Wagner, twice. First in 1957 and again in 1972.
Her signature scent was gardenia. She fell in love with the smell when she starred in a picture with Barbara Stanwyck as a child. When filming wrapped, Stanwyck gave Wood a bottle of the perfume as a parting gift. She wore the scent the rest of her life.