It’s so hard for me to believe that it’s been nearly a year since I’ve hosted an honest-to-goodness blogathon, paying tribute to the incomparable Dean Martin last June on what would have been his 100th birthday! After realizing this, I knew that it was about time for me to host another this summer while I have some additional time on my hands, and after looking at some of the classic film birthdays that are taking place during the season, I knew exactly who deserved my attention above all else: none other than my very first favorite actress Natalie Wood, who would have been turning eighty this July 20th. I am so incredibly excited to go back to basics and honor an actress who’s so near and dear to my heart on this special occasion, and I hope that you all join me in honoring her too!
With a career that spanned forty years with nearly fifty films to her credit as well as numerous television appearances, Natalie Wood was one of the few actresses of her time who successfully made the transition from child star to full-fledged leading lady. She was nominated for three Academy Awards throughout her career and an astounding eight Golden Globe Awards, winning three. She had her hand and footprints immortalized in cement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre at twenty-three, and earned a spot on Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 100 Greatest Stars of All Time, with three of her films earning spots on AFI’s list of the 100 Greatest Films of All Time.
Sadly, her tragic and mysterious passing off the coast of Catalina Island at the young age of forty-three has developed almost as much notoriety as her life and career. Her memory lives on through her sister Lana Wood, who wrote the book Natalie: A Memoir by Her Sister (1984) and regularly attends events dedicated to Natalie, and her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner, who has recently released a selection of perfumes and has co-written a book honoring her mother released by Turner Classic Movies, Natalie Wood — Reflections on a Legendary Life (2016).
- Considering that Natalie has a significant and diverse filmography with nearly fifty films to her credit, I am allowing only ONE duplicate for each subject. I would like to see as many different topics being written about as possible.
- Anything relating to Natalie Wood is up for grabs! You could write about her career as a child star in films like Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and The Ghost of Mrs. Muir (1947), her three Oscar nominations, her many television appearances, or even her relationships with other stars like Maureen O’Hara, Robert Wagner, and Marilyn Monroe. The possibilities are endless, but I do ask that if you intend on writing about her death and her relationship with Wagner that you do so in a manner that is respectful to her and her memory.
- Once you think of a topic, please leave a comment with your blog’s name, your blog’s link, and your subject (include the year if you’re choosing a movie).
- Once you’ve been approved, I’d appreciate it if you help me spread the word! Please take one of my banners from below and put it somewhere on your blog, and make sure to tell your friends. I’d love to see as many participants as possible!
- Musings of A Classic Film Addict — Natalie Wood Tribute Post
- Phyllis Loves Classic Movies — Natalie as a Comedienne
- Taking Up Room — The Great Race (1965)
- Cinema Cities — Natalie’s Oscar Nominated Performances
- Realweegiemidget Reviews — Meteor (1979)
- In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood — Natalie as a Child Star and Splendor in the Grass (1961)
- Top 10 Film Lists — The Searchers (1956)
- The Midnite Drive-In — The Great Race (1965)
- Wolffian Classic Movie Digest — Splendor in the Grass (1961)
- Sat in Your Lap — Gypsy (1962) and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
- Rick’s Real/Reel Life — This Property is Condemned (1966)
- The Stop Button — A Cry in the Night (1956)
- The Flapper Dame — Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)