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A place to update and discuss facts surrounding the controversial, tragic death of legendary Hollywood film actress, wife and mother, Natalie Wood who drowned mysteriously Nov. 29, 1981 off Catalina Island. Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sisters

Natalie and Lana Wood
They were sisters and they shared a sisterly bond. Thirty years later, Lana still remembers that bond. She cared about her sister when Natalie was alive and she cares about Natalie's legacy to this day. Natalie shared more with Lana than she did with any other person she ever knew in her entire lifetime. Lots of people may say the sister relationship was strained, but that is not a fact. The details about Natalie making calls from the Pavilion Lodge the morning of her death, well Dennis Davern was with Natalie and there was only one person she felt she could turn to, and that person was Lana. She called Lana first. Lana will always wonder the details Natalie may have told her had she been available and there to lend her shoulder to her sister. That was not to be, as late that same night, Natalie was in the ocean, floating away from her yacht to her death. Almost thirty years later, the only type of person who could blame a sister for wanting closure in such a guarded case, is a person who doesn't know how to, or refuses to, accept what is real.

17 comments:

  1. Two beautiful sisters, and because of one man their lives where changed forever, one was lost to the other and all and one has to live with the pain. Thanks Marti for posting this picture. Pam

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  3. Was watching the epilogue to 'From Here To Eternity" on YouTube the other night.
    I was reminded, again, why Natalie was so special an actress.
    When Natalie says to Kim Basinger, "I think it's a nice name," it is one of those moments that only (for me) Natalie was capable of achieving. Before she said those words, her face and eyes reveal that she knows the truth about Robert Pruitt (Basinger's boyfriend in the movie). But her humanity (which is written on her face all to see) reveals that she knows Basinger's character is hurting, and Natalie conveys a compassion and an understaning that goes very deep.
    To me, that moment is representative of Natalie the person. I don't think an actress could communicate such a depth of emotion without a great capacity to understand those emotions.
    It is only a six word line Natalie speaks, but what she did with those six words is quite remarkable. That ability was something inherent in Natalie.

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  4. I like Lana. She has always been there for Natalie. In everything. What appalls me is the treatment she got after Natalie's death and that she still gets today from certain EGO MANIACS. It would have been wonderful for Lana to keep Natalie's memory alive with visits from her nieces. I'm sure she would have embraced those girls with lots of love. What a shame. Poor Lana was "cast off", ousted. I know she feels a sadness that I cannot put into words here. I admire Lana's perseverance in getting answers to her lovely sister's untimely death. Thank you Marti for your remembrance of not only Natalie, but Lana and their sister love!

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  5. Thank you for the follow on Twitter. I am so glad I stopped by your blog. A truly wonderful place honoring a beautiful and talented person. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  6. Natalie called her sister at a time when she was very troubled by her husband's actions. That tells me she loved and trusted her sister. Someone who wasn't particularly fond of her sibling wouldn't do that.

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  7. IMO, RJ was at the helm of that spat they had about Lana's then husband, Richard Smedley, selling the wedding photos to the movie mags. Natalie forgot about it and forgave the incident, RJ did not.
    RJ seems to be a bit of a snob, he looked down on Lana, on Maria and Nick. He was born into wealth, into the country club lifestyle. Of course, that did not stop him from accepting a large sum of Natalie's hard earned money when he was having huge financial problems in the early 70s. He's pretentious jerk!

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  8. You are right, Roz. Natalie was the type that would have forgotten about it.

    Wagner's true colors came out in his attack on the food critic.

    It's funny how the bad review of his favorite French restaurant stirred him into action. Glad to know he has his priorities straight.

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  9. Been trying to post comment for days....couldn't do it. Hope Blogger fixes problem soon.

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  10. There is something wrong with BLOGGER itself. This blog is not the only one experiencing problems...I cannot post comments by signing in, it keeps asking for repetitive sign-ins. Computers! For the time being, you can comment anonymously...it's the only way to get through. Of course, I would appreciate if you'd identify yourself with your blogger screenname, but anonymously was the ONLY way I could leave a comment here. Thanks, Marti

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  11. Marti, That's been happening on and off for the last couple of weeks.
    After changing my screen name (trying to trick the system) I was finally able to sign in normally.

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  12. try to remedy this situation as it will undoubtedly put an end to the peace we have been experiencing with the sign-in.

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  13. I agree the blog has been peaceful, but it also lost a great dynamic it had.

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  14. Every time I see a picture of Natalie, I look to see what bracelet she is wearing (this pic isn't so good for that). Back in 2004, I purchased a bracelet that is said to have belonged to Natalie. It is 3 rows of clear rhinestones mixed with a few amber colored ones. It is very rigid (so as not to move once in place), and it is very tiny. I still haven't found a photo of her wearing it.

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  15. Lana loved Natalie deeply, as I'm sure Natalie did her, as they were sisters. And Lana at least acknowledges Natalie's fans, something Wagner avoids like he avoids taking responsibility for what happened the night Natalie died. I've never believed that crap that Wagner had Gavin Lambert write that he "just couldn't take the abuse from Lana anymore" - I mean, cue the violins. Lana told him she believed him yet he put her down and excluded her from her nieces' lives, not to mention how he let Natalie die and he has the nerve to bad-mouth her to Natalie's daughters? He feared that she would see through him more than anything. Natalie had rough times in her life but so did Lana, and I think the way she and by extension her daughter and grandchildren have been treated by Wagner is disgraceful and yet another insult to Natalie's memory.

    The insuation by Wagner through Lambert that Lana only wants money and fame is crap when you look at how Wagner sponged off of Natalie's fame and how she helped him out financially but of course that never comes up for discussion. Lana's book had its flaws but it was the first book about Natalie that I read and I appreciated Lana's honesty, and it was clear that she loved her sister very much and misses her every day. Lana's book was not mean or spiteful in any way but that is how Wagner wants it to be portrayed. It's obvious that he's the one with the issues. Why else would he act so threatened by Lana?

    It is sad how Lana has been treated and left out and the cold and how her nieces have been deprived of her and their cousin. It is terribly unfair just as Natalie's not being here is unfair.

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