‘Miracle on 34th Street’ Star Natalie Wood Really Thought Edmund Gwenn Was Santa

by Jeremy Spirogis
John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn in

Miracle on 34th Street is taken into account by many to be probably the greatest vacation motion pictures ever made. But whereas filming the 1947 film Natalie Wood actually did assume her co-star, Edmund Gwenn, was Santa. 

Susan Walker didn’t consider in Santa in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’

John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn in 'Miracle on 34th Street'
John Payne, Natalie Wood, and Edmund Gwenn in Miracle on 34th Street’| Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

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A person claiming to be the actual Kriss Kringle (Gwenn) helps out Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) when she wants somebody to be Santa within the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The occasion is successful and Doris hires Kriss. But she’s skeptical about his declare and so is her daughter, Susan Walker (Wood). Doris doesn’t consider in Santa and she or he’s raised Susan to not consider in him both.  

As the film progresses, Kriss turns into the middle of a authorized battle as a result of he claims to be the actual Santa. At this level, Susan’s develop into associates with him and she or he’s began to consider he’s actually Santa. In one memorable scene, she even tugs on his beard to make certain it’s not faux. 

Natalie Wood thought her ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ co-star actually was Santa

Wood didn’t want convincing like her character. When Miracle on 34th Street began filming she nonetheless believed in Santa. The Golden Globe-winning actor recalled seeing Gwenn dressed up as Santa in Suzanne Finstad’s e book, Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood.  

“I still vaguely believed in Santa Claus,” Wood mentioned. “I guess I had an inkling that maybe it wasn’t so, but I really did think that Edmund Gwenn was Santa.”

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She continued, saying his costume for the film, significantly his facial hair, made the concept rather more plausible.

“I had never seen him without his beard because he used to come in early in the morning and spend several hours putting on this wonderful beard and mustache,” Wood mentioned. 

So whereas she performed a lady who didn’t consider in Santa Wood herself thought Gwenn was the actual deal. 

The actor realized the reality on the ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ wrap occasion

When filming on the film ended, the solid and crew celebrated with a celebration. Gwenn confirmed up not sporting his character’s beard or Santa go well with which devastated Wood. She realized he wasn’t truly Santa however simply an actor enjoying him. 

Wood recalled the second when she noticed Gwenn, saying, “I saw this strange man, without the beard, and I just couldn’t get it together.”

Wood continued on along with her performing profession and when Miracle on 34th Street premiered it turned successful. According to IMDb, the movie gained three Academy Awards together with a Best Actor in a Supporting Role statue for Gwenn. 

At the time of publication, Disney+ is streaming the unique film and the 1994 remake starring Mara Wilson as Susan Walker.

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