Natasha Nikolaevna Gurdin, better known as actress Natalie Wood was born today 7-20,1938 -- 76 yrs ago in San Francisco, Cali. Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story, Gypsy and so many more wonderful roles she gave us through her years in film. She passed in 1981 off shore of Catalina Island, Calif - photo by William Claxton, 1961.
Natalie Wood - my mom wanted me to be Natalie (after this beauty), but she already named her two boys Matthew and Patrick (Matt and Pat) -- her friend said, NO WAY --- you can't have Matt, Pat, and Nat. So, she named me Maria - after Natalie's character in Westside Story. Now you know. Lovely woman!