Natalie Wood died November 29, 1981. 30 years after her untimely death by ‘accidental drowning’ the case has been reopened due to new witness statements. Eerily her mother warned her as a child that she would meet her death by drowning in ‘dark water’ which her sister says was the beginning of a deep rooted fear of the water. No one will really know what happened that night on the Splendour other than her husband Robert Wagner and Natalie herself.
Although Natalie was a child actor she came into her own in the role of a lifetime opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Thrice nominated for an Oscar she will forever be recognised in her most famous role as Maria in West Side Story (1961).