Friday, November 17, 2006
Born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko in San Francisco, California to Russian immigrants, Natalie Wood started acting at 5, and then at 17 co-starred with James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause", which got her an Oscar nomination in the supporting actress category.
The soundtrack of this video, "Tell Me Why" by Bobby Vinton, was what got me started in this project. I stumbled upon this song when I was impatiently skipping tracks on an Internet radio station. The song chewed a hole in my brain, but eventually I matched it with a pictorial story that deals partially with the agonizing circumstances surrounding Ms. Wood's drowning in 1981.
A piece of interesting trivia: all Hollywood stars look larger-than-life, and Natalie Wood was no exception, but she was in reality only five feet tall (152 cm), even though her studio resume claimed that she was 5' 3".
Posted by Sundroid at 2:47 PM