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Natalie Wood's Tragic Story Revealed in Suzanne Finstad's Revised Biography of Her

Bettina Dizon
Apr 14, 2020
07:30 P.M.
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Natalie Wood’s tragic death remained to be one of Hollywood’s biggest mysteries, but was recently made a little clearer in Suzanne Finstad’s “Natalie Wood: The Complete Biography.”

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It has been nearly 40 years since Natalie Wood’s mysterious death, yet many still wonder what really happened to the star on the night she was on the Splendour boat.

Suzanne Finstad’s revised biography of Wood gives new details about her tragic story in “Natalie Wood: The Complete Biography.”

Portrait of Natalie Wood. | Source: Getty Images

Portrait of Natalie Wood. | Source: Getty Images

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Lana, along with several other people, refuses to believe Wood fell off the boat by accident while trying to get on a dinghy.

SEVERAL SOURCE OF WOODS’ STORY

Finstad claims that all facts about Wood point to a fight with her husband, Robert Wagner, that took place on his boat’s deck.

The author’s claim is backed up by facts, including interviews with several people, one of which is a woman who was dating the captain of the Splendour, Dennis Davern.

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner in London, July 1st 1976. | Source: Getty Images

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner in London, July 1st 1976. | Source: Getty Images

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According to the woman, as told by Finstad, “Dennis said, ‘Don’t believe everything you read -- everyone’s been paid off.’” and that the couple’s fight “came to blows” that evening.

The person in charge of taking photos of Wood’s body, Vidal Herrera, also noted that the actress had wounds on her head.

Natalie Wood poses for a portrait session at home in 1952 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

Natalie Wood poses for a portrait session at home in 1952 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images

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Moreover, Dr. Michael Franco, who was then an intern at the LA coroner’s office, claimed that Wood had bruises on her legs, which looked as if her death “wasn’t an accident. Somebody pushed her.”

WAGNER’S SIDE TO THE STORY

Wagner admitted that she and the actress argued, together with her co-star Christopher Walken, the same evening Wood drowned. Wagner, who was tipsy that evening, narrated what he recalled:

“He said, ‘I think it’s important she works,’ and I said, ‘I think it’s important you stay out of our life.’ I picked up the bottle and smashed it on the table.”

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Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, and Daughters Katie Wagner, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Courtney Wagner. | Source: Getty Images

Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, and Daughters Katie Wagner, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Courtney Wagner. | Source: Getty Images

According to Wagner, the actress left and went to their room before going to the ship’s deck. “It was a slight mist, and the assumption was she slipped and hit her head and rolled into the water,” he added.

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Despite looking like a suspect, Wagner remains confident in himself and denies being involved in his lover’s death.

Robert Wagner with his former wife American actress Natalie Wood, 23rd April 1972. | Source: Getty Images

Robert Wagner with his former wife American actress Natalie Wood, 23rd April 1972. | Source: Getty Images

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LANA’S VERSION OF THE STORY

Wood’s sister, Lana, also claimed that the actress and her partner had a heated argument on the night of her mysterious death.

Lana believes that Wagner is responsible for her sister’s death as she spoke to the captain of the ship to narrate what happened. Davern told her that he heard furniture being thrown inside the room that evening.

Natalie Wood (1938-1981), US actress, wearing a red top and holding a pink flower, in a studio portrait, against a yellow background, circa 1965. | Source: Getty Images

Natalie Wood (1938-1981), US actress, wearing a red top and holding a pink flower, in a studio portrait, against a yellow background, circa 1965. | Source: Getty Images

Davern knocked on their door to ask if everything was alright, but Wagner reportedly told the captain to mind his own business.

Lana, along with several other people, refuses to believe Wood fell off the boat by accident while trying to get on a dinghy.

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