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As a child actor who smoothly transitioned to adult stardom, Natalie Wood made an unforgettable impact on the world with her sensitive performances and her spectacular beauty. In a span of less than twenty years, her talent graced a dozen classics, including Miracle on 34th Street, The Searchers, Rebel Without a Cause, Splendor in the Grass, West Side Story, and Gypsy, earning her three Oscar nominations and two Golden Globes. Few actresses in Hollywood history have carved out careers as diverse and rich as Natalie Wood's, and few have touched as many hearts in a tragically short lifetime.
Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life boldly redefines Natalie not by her tragic death, but by her extraordinary life. This is the first family-authorized photographic study of Natalie Wood, and the first book to examine her glamorous film career as well as her private off-screen life as a wife and mother. Highlights include a special section on the making of West Side Story, a foreword by her husband Robert Wagner, a family album with never-before-seen snapshots captioned by daughter Courtney Wagner, an unpublished article written by Natalie in her own words, and an afterword by friend and costar Robert Redford. Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life will change the way the world remembers a Hollywood legend.
|Publisher:||Running Press Book Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Manoah Bowman is the author of Fellini: The Sixties. He currently maintains the Independent Visions photographic archives, a collection featuring more than a million unique images that details the history of cinema and television. He has contributed material to many publications, movie studios, and museums, including Eastman House, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Paramount, Universal, United Artists, and Disney. His work as a photo editor includes the books Chaplin: Genius of the Cinema and Buster Keaton Remembered. He resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Since making her film debut in 1992, actress Natasha Gregson Wagner has chosen an intentionally unorthodox career that defies every assumption one might have of a Hollywood descendant. She established her place in the indie film community with titles such as Another Day in Paradise, High Fidelity, and David Lynch’s Lost Highway, and has received acclaim for her stage work and television appearances in Ally McBeal and House MD, and Chicago Hope. She recently completed work on the independent film Anesthesia. Wagner resides in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A beautiful tribute to a legendary Star. This reflection on Natalie's life portrays the glamour I was awed by as a child, and the realness of the woman behind it. The photography is simply gripping; whether Natalie is posing as a Shirley Temple look-a-like, or posing on the studio lot next to her classic automobile, I just wished the photos were poster sized!
Bowman's ability to make the reader feel as if he's stepped into super star Natalie Wood's home and is hearing her amazing story from the people who knew her best is incredible. The pictures are stunning. The book is incredibly touching and personal.
I loved this! I read it from cover to cover and couldn't put it down. Finally! A deep dive into the woman I fell in love with from West Side Story. Thank you, Bowman, for your gorgeous work. And I chuckled at the story contributed by Robert Redford...loved it!!
ESSENTIAL if you love Hollywood history and the legends whose names pave Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street! Ever since I read about this upcoming book in PEOPLE Magazine, I've eagerly awaited its release. I just received this in the mail on Friday. Of course, no bookstores in MY area carry it! I spent the ENTIRE weekend reading it front to back. “WOW” is my reaction now that I have finished. I am impressed something like this was finally published for all to enjoy. You have to SEE this book in person to understand what I mean with this charge. The effect this book had on me is profound...surreal, in fact. If you love Natalie (as I do), this is the ultimate book on her…her family…her career….the list goes on. A book FULL of Natalie’s private family photos, reflections by the people who actually knew her, including a photographer who worked with her closely in the 70s, etc. etc. Upon reading the current customer reviews on Barnes & Noble, I get the feeling that one of them actually read the book while the other must have some kind of “issue” with the family. While the family has experienced its fair share of controversy (Natalie’s untimely death…to the recent and unnecessary auction of her estate), they cannot be faulted in any way for their participation in this dream book on the most gorgeous brunette in screen history…in my opinion, at least. If you're a West Side Story fan, you are going to FLIP when you see this book. There must be a thousand photos covering Natalie’s life and career, reproduced to the highest standard. Huge amounts of text and in-depth captions showing very different sides of a complex woman. I was floored by the piece written by Natalie herself and an afterword written by Robert Redford. At $25, they are GIVING this book away. Kudos to TCM for another great book. I watch for every product TCM endorses because I know they are the movie masters and NOT in the business of promoting “duds”. I'm putting this one right next to the marvelous one they just released on Film Noir.
Here is a most unusual photographic study of one of the more important and famous actresses of the twentieth century. People expecting a typical photo book with some banal text here and there are in for a big surprise. This book is filled with informative and interesting text but not quite the way it is usually laid out. The author, Manoah Bowman, seems to have carefully thought out her life and presented it in various sections with Natalie's thoughts interspersed throughout. It often seems like an autobiography of sorts. Natalie has even written a piece in it! Albeit one written by her in the mid 1960's but unpublished in this present form till now. I can't tell you how odd it was reading through this book. One can't really describe the effect it has. It is extremely sad and yet strangely uplifting. Take for instance this quote by Natalie used by the author in his introduction, "I have absolutely no complaints about a moment of my life." This would seem somewhat preposterous knowing how she died but after reading the entire book cover to cover it really makes sense in the most unintentional way. She left us way too soon yet made an indelible mark on the world and lived more in her brief lifetime than most do who live twice as many years. The book looks and feels substantial. The text is large. The quality seems top rate and the design is elegant. The book covers all of her films but barely any television or major events. I've noticed that depending on temperature pages curl opposite directions from each other so that is something I haven't experienced before. The book has several contributors including every immediate family member still living. Natalie's daughters are both involved and their individual contributions, although completely different, pack a punch. Natasha Wagner's written piece is extremely moving and feels organic and from the heart. Daughter Courtney has narrated a family album and her thoughts and memories are strangely stunted. It's as if she looks back in time with the same mindset she had as a child and not as the adult she is now. It is curious but very affecting. I am still haunted by it. There is a depressing photo in the album showing the first Christmas after their mom died and it's like something out of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" The family crowds around a small empty tree with barely even an ornament hanging from it. Even more depressing is how the photo is able to suggest the depths of their unhappiness by the way they try to "seem" cheerful. Unforgettable. This is more than just a photo book. I'm not sure what it is but it needs to be seen. If you're a fan of Natalie Wood or Hollywood it's simply a must have.
Kind of a dud!