I wouldn't want to insult the language
Svetlana Gurdin born March 1, 1946, better known as Lana Wood, is an American actress and producer born to Russian emigrant parents, Nikolai and Maria Zakharenko.
"I have to admit that I don't even try to speak Russian, though I understand it perfectly. I wouldn't want to insult the language by testing out my pronunciations" - Lana Wood
From Humble Beginnings
Provocative and ever the temptress in her prime, the
dark-maned, gorgeous-looking Lana Wood was born in Santa Monica, California, the younger daughter of Nicholas Zacharaenko, a Russian emigrant that changed the family surname to Gurdin before Lana was born.
Both her parents' families fled their Russian homeland following the communist takeover and the couple met and married in San Francisco.
Famous Sibling of Lana Wood
Lana's more famous acting sister was christened Natalia eight year before Lana was born.
Young Natalia (renamed Natalie Wood, out of respect to director Sam Wood) became a child star in the late 1940s with such movie classics as Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
Younger sister Lana would inevitably be drawn into pictures as a result of Natalie's overwhelming success.
Lana made her "debut" as a baby in Natalie's "B" film Driftwood (1947) only to have her cute bit excised from the picture. Her first screen credit actually came with the John Ford classic The Searchers (1956) as a younger version of Natalie's character, and she was off and running.
To avoid living in her sister Natalies shadow, Lana made the majority of her career on Television. She appeared in such series as
Have Gun Will Travel - Dr Kildare - The Fugitive - Peyton Place and Bonanza plus many more.
- The Searchers (1956) the only movie Lana mad with Natalie
- Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
- The Girls on the Beach (1965)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971) played Plenty O'Toole
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