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Natalie Woods' Marriage Problems with Robert Wagner Revealed in Secret Memoir

Bettina Dizon
May 22, 2019
11:54 A.M.
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Hollywood star Natalie Wood’s secret memoir revealed her rocky marriage with Robert Wagner before she passed away.


Natalie Wood confessed her troubled relationship in a memoir that was never seen until recently. Excerpts were read by Wood’s sister, Lana, on the podcast series, “Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood,” and includes the “serious flaws in the relationship” with her husband, Robert Wagner.

“Looking at it from the outside we must’ve seemed like the American dream, we were both attractive, and successful, so what could possibly be wrong?” Wood wrote.


After Hollywood’s couple tied the knot, they divorced in 1962, and after ten years, married each other once again. Wood wrote:

“I wanted to discuss our problems with R.J., but where do you begin? And what can you say when everything, on the surface, looks so right?”

But of course, there is more than meets the eye. The fairy-tale love story of Wood and Wagner ultimately came crashing down, and later turned into a fatal nightmare.


While Wood, who was hen 43, was with her husband and Christopher Walken, her co-star from “Brainstorm” was on a yacht, she mysteriously disappeared and was found hours after, dead, floating a mile away from the boat.

As should be, Wagner remained the person of interest but denied being involved in Wood’s death. However, the memoir presents new evidence of what could be a murder between husband and wife.

“I don’t know if the memoir will shed light [on her death], I think the things the detectives have found will shed light,” Lana said.


With the new revelations at hand, “Fatal Voyage’s” investigative team suggests Wood’s death could be due to “foul play” resulting in homicide.

Thirty-five years after her death, Wagner says that he still mourns over his wife’s tragic death. He was the last person who saw Wood alive and declared the horrific event an accident, along with the other people on the boat.

Wood was a notable actress, having been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Rebel Without a Cause” and Best Actress for “Splendor in the Grass” and “Love with the Proper Stranger.”

She won “Miss Stratosphere of 1957” for her work in “Bombers B-52 and a “Worst Actress” award on Cambridge Massachusetts.