Legal Statement. The discovery was made about 7:45 A.M. from a sheriff's department helicopter after a seven-hour search, said Pat Soll, a sheriff's deputy. They combed through hundreds of pages of testimony and police statements to further understand what could have cause Wood, who was reportedly terrified of dark water, to drown. Shortly after midnight the others learned that Miss Wood was missing, and Mr. Wagner, Mr. Walken and the ship's captain began looking for her. Her house is nestled in amongst a street of terrace houses in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills. ''There are a lot of things like exposure she could have died from.'' 'Seemed in Great Spirits', ''She seemed to be in great spirits on Wednesday,'' Don Levy, the film's publicist, said of Miss Wood's last day of filming. A source has told Globe magazine that investigators believe the original autopsy was bungled, and that a new autopsy may reveal what really happened onboard Natalie’s yacht on November 29, 1981. Legendary actress Natalie Wood. Dr. Joseph Choi, a … Natalie Wood lived around the corner from me. The point is half a mile from Isthmus Cove, where the Splendor was moored. At 3:30, the Coast Guard was called, and at 6, the Los Angeles County lifeguard division at Catalina Island joined the search. Did she slip? The initial coroner’s report ruled the death was “accidental death by drowning.” However, the case was reopened in 2011. The body of Natalie Wood, the actress, was found today in a rocky cove off Santa Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County sheriff's department said. On her 18th birthday, Natalie would go on a studio-arranged date with Robert Wagner. He has refused to talk to officials about Wood’s death since the case was re-opened in 2011. And why?” Howard told Us Weekly. Davern, the captain of the boat, who first spoke to “48 Hours” back in 2011, revealed it had been a “tension-filled weekend” that was allegedly fueled by alcohol and Wagner’s jealousy of Wood’s co-star, Walken. "The fighting continued. She was just a special person.”. The podcast also aims to analyze Wood’s original autopsy, the bruises found on her lifeless body, her blood alcohol content, and even addresses whether Wagner is considered a “person of interest.”. “It just kept getting more tense – every minute – of the day,” claimed Davern. Or was she pushed? Photo from Warner Bros. Pictures Publicity, 1964, Public Domain. At around 8 a.m., Wood's body was found about a mile south of the couple's yacht, off an isolated cove known as Blue Cavern Point. My light and the light for our children. “Did Natalie jump? It will be the most comprehensive investigation since Natalie’s death. by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images. She was 43. A shocking new revelation has been uncovered in the infamous 31-year-old mystery surrounding the death of Hollywood actress Natalie Wood. Wood was first reported missing on Nov. 29, 1981, during a weekend boat trip to Catalina Island on husband Robert Wagner’s yacht. ''She had a combination of vulnerability and a kind of aura. The book begins with Natasha Gregson Wagner waking up on 29 November 1981 and hearing a voice on the radio saying that Natalie Wood’s body had been found in the sea off Catalina Island. “I opened a bottle a wine and – Natalie and Christopher had continued to giggle. I just had such wonderful times with her. &W ONLY - PBEAHUKZBBN. ''Her career was picking up again with this and the stage production of 'Anastasia.' “It’s a hell of a story. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some of the bruises found on Natalie Wood's body may have occurred before the actress drowned in the waters off Southern California more than 30 years ago, according to a newly released coroner's report on one of Hollywood's most mysterious deaths. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. Jan. 14, 2013— -- New details in the death of Natalie Wood were released today by the Los Angeles Coroner's Office that show the actress had bruises on her body that "appeared fresh and could have occurred before she entered the water" and drowned three decades ago. According to a new report from Globe magazine, movie star Natalie Wood's body is set to be exhumed 37 years after the West Side Story actress died under mysterious circumstances. All rights reserved. Natalie Wood's mysterious death remains under investigation, and now cops have confirmed that they want answers about the mysterious bruises found on her body — after a bungled autopsy left the medical examiners dismissing her death as an accident! NATALIE WOOD IS FOUND DROWNED ON YACHT VISIT TO SANTA CATALINA. “You know, Natalie was such a special, marvelous woman… How lucky I was. She was just a marvelous, marvelous light. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. It has been 38 years, but the mystery behind Hollywood star’s drowning remains unsolved. It’s not far from central station; one of the busiest thoroughfares in our country’s biggest and brightest city. After a seven hour search -- fully clothed body was found. Howard and his team spent the last seven years investigating Wood’s final hours, as well as the immediate aftermath of her shocking demise. The two began dating when she was 17 and he was 26. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. Wood and Wagner married in December 1957. Dr. Oz (right), Lana Wood and Nancy Grace discussing the death of actress Natalie Wood. Along with her husband, Christopher Walken, 74, was also aboard the ship as well as Captain Dennis Davern. Her body was found, shoeless and wearing only a nightgown and red parka, in a rocky cove near Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles on Nov. 29. Mutual Fund and ETF data provided by Refinitiv Lipper. Wagner later found her missing from their room before her body was found in the water. A law enforcement source with knowledge of the case said the detectives have found new witnesses and uncovered evidence that was missed by the original detectives on the case. “Makes more sense of what happened and is corroborated by other people,” he said. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. She soon found herself confused and depressed. Miss Wood was scheduled to resume filming Monday. “It is an active investigation of the case. Natalie Wood, star of Rebel Without A Cause, West Side Story, and Splendor In The Grass, died in the water off Catalina Island on November 29, 1981.But how, exactly? “… I have made my feeling clear over the years as to what I think went on that night. Legal Statement. Twisted lies. After her divorce brought about by the discovery of her husband's sexual indi… They believed the voices belonged to the couple. The star's drowning in 1981 is now being called a 'suspicious death investigation' and the question at the center of the investigation: What role did Wood's husband, Robert Wagner, play the night she died? An autopsy was scheduled Monday at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center. The body of Natalie Wood, the actress, was found today in a rocky cove off Santa Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County sheriff's department said. A new podcast aims to investigate one of Hollywood’s biggest unsolved mysteries — the death of movie star Natalie Wood. (In Los Angeles, Miss Wood's attorney, Paul Ziffren, issued a statement saying that she ''often took the dinghy out alone'' and that Mr. Wagner was not immediately worried when it was noticed that she was missing, The Associated Press reported. Her mother could not be … All that matters to me now is the truth.”. Wood's body was found a mile away from where the boat was anchored. I was concerned that something really bad was going down, because of the fighting, the arguing was so intense.”, While it’s been reported that Davern sold his story to tabloids for money and collaborated on a tell-all book over the years, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said in February his version of events “fit.”. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, Natalie Wood’s sister Lana Wood says that she thinks Robert Wagner murdered the Hollywood icon Davern says when Wood's body was found, it was left to him to identify her. And then Robert Wagner – picked up the bottle of wine and smashed it… Natalie, she said, ‘I cannot take this,’ and she went into her room. '', She also received the 1980 Golden Globe Award for best actress. In July 2011 Natalie’s 86-year-old body … “The fact is that we have a lot of information as to the events of what occurred that evening,” added Hernandez. Miss Wood, her husband and Christopher Walken, her co-star in the nearly completed film ''Brainstorm,'' arrived at the island Saturday afternoon. Natalie Wood as a younger woman. Dennis Davern, and Wood’s friend, actor Christopher Walken. '', Miss Wood was to have started rehearsing for ''Anastasia'' at the Ahmanson Theater of the Los Angeles Music Center after she finished ''Brainstorm.'' Her body was found floating in the water the next day, and after a two-week investigation, ... “Natalie Wood: The Complete Biography,” according to the new petition. “The bottom line is, we have someone who died under very suspicious circumstances, and it’s just as important of a case as a murder, but our job is to get to the truth and to hopefully come up with enough evidence to prove that truth,” said Hernandez. Police originally deemed Wood’s death an accident, after Wagner told authorities he believed his spouse slipped while trying to board a dinghy, hit her head and drowned. The latest visit was made in a break in the filming for ''Brainstorm,'' a contemporary action drama for M-G-M studios, according Dale Olson, the couple's publicist. or redistributed. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. She was booked up solidly for almost the next year. And murder.”. Natalie wood's first starring role was the skeptical child in the timeless miracle on 34 street -- I've spent a good. In 1981, big screen legend Natalie Wood went missing from the yacht she shared with her husband, Robert Wagner—only to be found … We have our daughter and we were very lucky to have that happen to us. Was she unconscious before going overboard? Roger Smith tells the Los Angeles Times he learned Wood was missing four hours after her disappearance. After a year-long courtship, Natalie and Robert would marry on December 28, 1957. Us Weekly reported Thursday a 12-part series, titled “Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood,” will launch on July 20, the day that the doomed screen siren would have turned 80 years old. Investigators attributed her … The series, hosted by investigative journalist Dylan Howard, explores Wood’s final hours, including the fateful night where she met her watery grave. A rep for Wagner has declined to comment. November 30, 1981. A lot of lives were ruined, that’s what I think happened. Natalie Wood in 1963 . "The body of actress Natalie Wood has been found off the coast of Catalina Island." She eventually was nominated for three Academy Awards: in 1955 as best supporting actress for ''Rebel Without a Cause,'' in 1961 as best actress for ''Splendor in the Grass'' and in 1963 as best actress for ''Love With the Perfect Stranger. “This is not a retelling of Natalie’s sad story,” stressed Howard. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant John Corina told “48 Hours” at the time that investigators wanted to talk to the now-88-year-old actor about the events leading up to Wood’s death. (However, the statement went on, ''when she did not return within 10 or 15 minutes,'' the actor took another small boat out to look for her, then notified the shore patrol when he could not find her.). When Woods body was found a day after … Back in February, Wood’s sister, former Bond girl Lana Wood, told Fox News she was hoping to finally get closure for the mysterious death of her older sibling. What do I think happened? LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The lifeguard who recovered Natalie Wood’s body from the waters off Catalina Island 30 years ago say he believes she could have been saved. Powered and implemented by FactSet Digital Solutions. She was wearing only a nightgown and a red jacket. Eaker interrogated Robert Wagner, who told her that after they had returned from the restaurant that night he and Walken went to the wardroom of the yacht for a nightcap while Natalie retired to her quarters. The actress's body was found floating off California's Catalina Island. Exposure's Toll Mentioned. Her body was … She thought she might be dreaming. “We have a lot of evidence that tends to point to a very suspicious death and would certainly indicate the possibility of foul play.”, Actress Natalie Wood, shown in this undated file photograph, is the subject of a new book titled ["Natasha -The Biography of Natalie Wood" by author Suzanne Finstad.] On the day Natalie Wood's body was found, I dispatched Pamela Eaker, a skilled investigator on the Medical Examiner's staff, to Catalina. A Career That Began at 4, She began her career at the age of 4 with a bit part in the 1943 movie ''Happy Land.'' And – then RJ [Wagner] went into the room – Natalie and RJ’s room – and started arguing, yelling – things being thrown about. A man writing a book about the 1981 drowning death of Natalie Wood … They had dinner on the island before returning to the yacht, the Splendor. All rights reserved. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Search Began After Midnight. “Oh God, I do have many,” he explained. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. Soon after that, other witnesses claimed they heard a man and a woman arguing on the back of the boat. Forbidden affairs. The “West Side Story” actress was traveling on the family’s yacht Splendour with her husband Robert Wagner, the ship’s Capt. And in the end, the listener can decide what happened to the ultimate screen siren… and just who was responsible for her death.”. She was found drifting face-up a mile away the following early morning, with unusual swellings on her body and also arms. He added that there was no evidence to suggest her death was anything but accidental. Her skin was bruised, and she had a scratch on her face. Market data provided by Factset. Mr. Smith said Miss Wood and Mr. Wagner visited the island perhaps as often as a dozen times a year. Us Weekly reported that the new podcast highlights never-before-heard interviews with Wood herself, as well as excerpts from her unpublished memoir. ''She was in the water a long time,'' he said. '', See the article in its original context from. In February of this year, however, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office announced Wagner had been named a “person of interest” in the “suspicious” death. Market data provided by Factset. And if so — by whom? In the first episode of the podcast, Ralph Hernandez, a homicide detective for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, reveals bruises found on Wood are consistent with her being the “victim of assault,” which is not, as the original 1981 report concluded, caused by her struggling to climb back aboard after she fell off the yacht. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. She was wearing only a nightgown and a red jacket. Back in 2016, Wagner told Fox News he still has fond memories of his late wife. Natalie Wood’s body was found in the water by a restaurant owner after an apparent night of drinking. It is not known if the actress had slipped or had jumped from the boat, the sheriff's department said. Don Chase, a freelance writer who interviewed her on location in North Carolina a month ago, said: ''She struck me as being a very content and fulfilled woman. On November 29, 1981, the body of actress Natalie Wood was found floating in the Pacific Ocean off California’s Catalina Island, in a flannel nightgown, a down jacket, and woolen socks. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. Wood strolled off to bed in disgust at her husband An hr later on, she was reported missing out on along with the watercraft’s rowboat. In addition, dozens of family members and friends open up in “candid” new interviews, according to the publication. Investigators attributed her death to accidental drowning, pending further inquiry. Natalie, along with Robert, her Brainstorm (1983) co-star Christopher Walken and Splendour's captain and family friend Dennis Davern were vacationing in Catalina Island … Miss Wood's body was fully clothed except for shoes, said Roger Smith, who operates rescue boats for Los Angeles County on Catalina Island. Natalie Wood’s body was found in the water by a restaurant owner after an apparent night of drinking. And then – to the back of the boat. 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