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Natalie Wood Movies & a Tribute

Updated on September 27, 2013

Natalie Wood Was a Star!

I remember exactly where I was when I heard that goddess Natalie Wood had drown near Santa Catalina Island, California. I was at my mothers, in her room where we were all sitting around watching TV. It was stunning to hear of such a loss. Why? I kept asking and still do. I could not believe that it was called an accidental drowning, this woman who was afraid of the water, no it made no sense. Now the case has been re-opened.. FINALLY!

This lens is more about the movies she made though, and I guess how they affected me personally, because oh my they did. Natalie Wood represented so many things to me as a young girl trying to discover who I was. She answered some of those questions of insecurities within a time where a girl would be labeled as bad for barely nothing at all, only being normal.

I went to see West Side Story FIVE times. I guess I loved it. I saw Splendor in the Grass as many times as well. Both of those movies require a "full" box of Kleenex.

Some of her other movies were notable too of course, Miracle on 34th Street, From Here to Eternity, Rebel Without a Cause, Gypsy, Love with the Proper Stranger, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, the list goes on.

Natalie Wood was a STAR.

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TURN ON THE MUSIC of West Side Story

A poem

Remembering Natalie Wood I post this poem of mine

I Will Measure Happiness With My Eyes Closed

Maybe we can just stop

pretend

dear fairies

and start all over again.

And I won't ask you

if it's OK.

I won't ask anyone at all.

I will step out into that outside world

and hold a victory march

past all my false starts.

Camille and Lily

sacred souls

will meet me

there

and let me mend

my stolen heart.

Yet

I must admit it

in the end

that fantasy and pretend

cannot outlive the wounded lark.

Only wilting flowers

would understand that poem.

A poem considered

one who would close up

not bloom

and visit no one

go no where at all

like words gathered

resembling leaves in the fall.

If you see that sparrow

Remind her I am still waiting

and tell her to find me.

A feather in the skyline

tell her too

to send me her poems

when she feels empty.

I contemplate

those who still measure happy

wondering

if there is some kind of code

or justified routine

that meets that channel.

Maybe happiness is over rated.

Darkness requires a lot of alone time.

All my cruelties

so sincerely sorry.

Twas not till this moment

that I understood the consequence

of such failures.

Stopped only by me

with only me to blame

and like any delicate flowers I have known

I fold their wings gently

wishing I could dismiss it all

but of course

no.

Despite my efforts to see at times

I am left with the blindness of sight.

How far can I reach?

How much can be felt?

I am not sure.

But I will consider the day

measure it all with my eyes closed

Camille and Lily

fairies call

watch ore

and my fingertips

will measure my way

home.

by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

copyright 2011

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A scene from Splendor in the Grass

West Side Story and Splender in the Grass

Splendor in the Grass was also a play and of course West Side Story has been sung and done many times. We adore our love stories don't we? Especially the tragic ones that require a full box of Kleenex.

Splendour in the Grass by William Wordsworth

"Splendor in the Grass"

What though the radiance

which was once so bright

Be now for ever taken from my sight,

Though nothing can bring back the hour

Of splendor in the grass,

of glory in the flower,

We will grieve not, rather find

Strength in what remains behind;

In the primal sympathy

Which having been must ever be;

In the soothing thoughts that spring

Out of human suffering;

In the faith that looks through death,

In years that bring the philosophic mind.

-- William Wordsworth

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TH IMAGE IS OF A LITTLE WATERCOLOR BY ME, KATHY OSTMAN-MAGNUSEN It is just a little watercolor sketch really but seems appropriate for this lovely little poem by Wordsworth.

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A Tribute to Natalie Wood

West Side Story Quote About Prejudice

The part of Maria in West Side Story was played by Natalie Wood in the movie. It was a love story but also about prejudice, preconceived opinions not based on reason or actual experience. It is the way we have been raised or what we blindly believe about another human being. This quote in the movie is significant to that.Maria: All of you! You all killed him! And my brother, and Riff. Not with bullets, or guns, with hate. Well now I can kill, too, because now I have hate!

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Natalie Wood Quotes

A lot changed when I had Natasha. I'm a survivor.

Natalie Wood

Almost every girl falls in love with the wrong man, I suppose it's part of growing up.

Natalie Wood

At night, when the sky is full of stars and the sea is still you get the wonderful sensation that you are floating in space.

Natalie Wood

For the first time I feel an inner emotional security. There is reality and dependability. My life revolves around Richard and the baby.

Natalie Wood

From ages 10 to 12 or so, I barely remember anything.

Natalie Wood

I couldn't even go to the bathroom alone. My mother or a social worker always went with me.

Natalie Wood

I didn't know who the hell I was. I was whoever they wanted me to be.

Natalie Wood

I didn't like children. I didn't think of myself as a child. I didn't like any of the things other children were interested in.

Natalie Wood

I never knew motherhood could be so truly gratifying until I had Natasha.

Natalie Wood

I never saw film stars at home. We had no maid, no cook, no swimming pool.

Natalie Wood

I saw my parents as gods whose every wish must be obeyed or I would suffer the penalty of anguish and guilt.

Natalie Wood

I thought it was a wonderful line - right on the cutting room floor.

Natalie Wood

I was so overprotected, I used to think I was as delicate as people said I was.

Natalie Wood

I was so young, and making movies, going to the studio every morning at dawn was magic.

Natalie Wood

I'm just going to have to grow old, because I'm too terrified to have anything done.

Natalie Wood

I'm not very bright about money. I'm not domestic either. If I don't learn how to cook, maybe I won't have to.

Natalie Wood

I've been terrified of the water, and yet it seems I'm forced to go into in on every movie that I make.

Natalie Wood

If I didn't believe in what I'm doing, I'd rather go to work in a dime store.

Natalie Wood

My friends seem much more excited about my doing Anastasia than Brainstorm... and to tell you the truth, I feel the same way.

Natalie Wood

My mother used to tell me, No matter what they ask you, always say yes. You can learn later.

Natalie Wood

An Interview With Natalie Wood

The Most Important Thing

Appreciate your life! Sing~ Dance~ Love

Are YOU a fan of Natalie Wood?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Natalie Wood was certainly talented and a beautiful actress!

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      Bellezza-Decor 5 years ago from Canada

      Natalie Wood is one of my favorite actresses of all time. I think her best movie was Splendor in the Grass. She received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Splendor in the Grass (1961).

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i love natalie wood in west side story. squidangel blessings.

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      TLRaghavan 5 years ago

      Brings back vivid memories of her movies!

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      4liberator 5 years ago

      You could tell that you are definitely serious on the actress Natalie Wood.

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      niceman91 lm 5 years ago

      I watch gypsy once, but not quite a fan of her.great lens!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: You are so sweet to give my lenses so many kind comments. I will try to do more for you as well.. THANK YOU!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      yes, i am. she had an affair with christopher walken. did the police interrogate him about this case? i like christopher walken also and her husband, robert wagner. since robert was not present on this fatal day, definitely, he is not the culprit. christopher was there with her but she was too drunk and it could have been an accident that she fell into the water.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @ShariBerry: I know.. it hurts my heart too.

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      Yes, Natalie was one of my favorites. It was sad to hear when I learned of her death. I feel bad that they have to go back and reopen the case. Whether it was an accident or not, reopening the case will not bring her back and I'm not sure I believe some of the people that are now coming forward with "supposed" evidence.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: She was my fav too

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @julieannbrady: sigh.. so sad

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      It's hard to believe Natalie Wood died 30 years ago. I read several books about her death and it's pretty clear they were all very intoxicated. I think she accidentally fell while trying to secure a dingy that was banging against the yacht. What's so strange is that if you watch "Sex & the Single Girl" and "The Great Race" there are scenes shot in the water, which she hated and feared. Such a sad loss.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Yes, indeed, I am a fan of Natalie Wood ... when I think about it, she is really my favorite actress of all time ... so it is hard to comprehend that first she accidentally died ... and that now, some 30 years later, they have reopened the case to dig up more dirt ... seemingly.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @jadehorseshoe: Thanks!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @awakeningwellness: She was.. so sad

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: So sad I know.

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      awakeningwellness 5 years ago

      She was so beautiful and I always loved her movies, what a lovely tribute!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Lovely Lens.