|Marti Rulli with daughter Jeannine (Born June 10, 1974)|
|Natalie Wood with daughter Courtney (Born March 9, 1974)|
Natalie Wood and I were pregnant the same year and each gave birth to daughters the same year in 1974.
Both of these photos were taken around the time Dennis had just started working for the Wagner family. I was thrilled for him, and immediately started asking many questions about my favorite actress, Natalie Wood. Dennis told me Natalie was so happy with her baby daughter, Courtney, and commented that she was truly a dedicated and loving mother. I related: I was the same way with my daughter (and all of my children, as Natalie was with hers).
The above photo of me is with my daughter on her first birthday, and the photo below of Natalie with young daughter Courtney tells a fundamental story: a loving mother is a loving mother, circling around the world.
Often, fanhood gets in the way for some people to realize that celberities are basic human beings, too. They experience all of life the same way everyday people experience life. Their bank accounts may be extra padded, but they are real people! They are not the characters they play. I hope I portrayed that specialness about Natalie in Goodbye Natalie because she was truly down to earth considering the mega, iconic star she was (and remains).
Some celebrities get caught up in their own make-believe world when acting, or become so full of themselves they believe they deserve to be classified as special. The true greats always understood better. Natalie always did. Her home and family meant more to her than anything else on earth. Image and fame were not her priorities. Her daughters came first. It's terribly sad she was unable to raise them to womanhood.