Natalie Wood’s Daughter Remembers Her Mother and Defends Her Father in Upcoming HBO Documentary

by Jeremy Spirogis
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It’s been nearly thirty-nine years since actress Natalie Wood drowned in 1981 whereas on a weekend boat journey to Catalina Island.

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Her daughter, Natasha Gregson Wagner, who was 11 years previous on the time of her mom’s tragic loss of life, is remembering her in a brand new HBO particular, Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, releasing on May 5, 2020, the week of Mother’s Day.

Natasha Gregson Wagner’s HBO particular

The lack of her mom has been a grief that Wagner, an actress as nicely, has lived with since that very younger age. Airing May 5, the HBO documentary is offering her the chance to point out the world the mom that she remembers and misses.

In addition to the trauma of shedding her mom, Natasha and her household additionally needed to take care of the ache of unsubstantiated rumors about her stepfather, Robert Wagner, and his alleged function in Wood’s loss of life.

From testimony from the boat’s captain that he heard the couple arguing that night time to rumors of an explosive argument between Wagner and actor Christopher Walken, who was additionally on Wagner’s yacht, Splendour, it’s tough to know if the reality of what occurred to the actress will ever actually be revealed.

What is understood is {that a} cloud of suspicion and hypothesis has been over Robert Wagner all these years.

The case was reopened thirty years later in 2011, at which period the yacht’s captain acknowledged in an interview with NBC that after the lads realized that Wood was lacking, “We didn’t take any steps to see if we could locate her. It was a matter of don’t look too hard, don’t turn on search light, don’t call anyone.”

Christopher Walken’s model of occasions

Walken had been engaged on a movie, Brainstorm, with Natalie Wood on the time of her loss of life. After all these years, nobody might fault the actor if he wished he had by no means gone on board the Splendour that night in 1981. He wouldn’t converse of what transpired that night time till 1997, in an interview with Playboy.

“Anybody there saw the logistics — of the boat, the night, where we were, that it was raining — and would know exactly what happened. . . What happened that night only she knows, because she was alone,” the actor mentioned.

The now 77-year-old actor revealed at the moment what he thinks could have introduced Wood out of her room so late after going to mattress.

“She had gone to bed before us, and her room was at the back,” he recalled. “A dinghy was bouncing towards the aspect of the boat, and I believe she went out to maneuver it. There was a ski ramp that was partially within the water. It was slippery – I had walked on it myself. She had advised me she couldn’t swim; in actual fact, they needed to lower a swimming scene from [Brainstorm]. She was most likely half asleep, and she or he was sporting a coat.”

‘He would have given his life for her’

Natasha was raised by Robert Wagner, although her father is British movie producer and screenwriter Richard Gregson. Because she had been dwelling along with her mom on the time of her loss of life, Gregson felt it was greatest to not carry much more instability to his daughter’s life by shifting her again with him. And so, he allowed her to develop up with Wagner, who Natasha calls “dad,” and her two sisters.

The 49-year-old writes in an excerpt from her new memoir, More Than Love, which is publishing as nicely on May 5, “It’s outrageous and completely unacceptable that others have created this narrative about my dad and the night my mom died. I know that if my mom had been in any kind of distress he would have given his life for her. I know that as well as I know my name.”

Her HBO documentary about her mom’s life is a chance to rejoice who her mom was and her legacy as an actress, a mom, sister, and spouse.

A press launch forward of the particular releasing in time for Mother’s Day states, “Archival interviews with Wood over the years reveal an intelligent, maturing woman, embracing motherhood and her ever-evolving acting career.”

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