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From her starring roles as a skeptical child in the perennial classic Miracle on 34th Street and a troubled adolescent in Rebel without a Cause to mature roles in Splendor in the Grass and West Side Story, actress Natalie Wood transfixed the world with her hypnotic brown eyes. Yet behind the beautiful façade lurked a fragile, sparkling, generous, funny woman traumatized by her childhood and beset by personal demons. In this landmark biography, her close personal friend Gavin Lambert sets out to tell her extraordinary story with the help of intimate interviews from her friends and colleagues including Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, and her husband Robert Wagner. What emerges is a luminous, assiduously researched portrait that sheds new light on the life and tragic death of the silver screen’s most beguiling star

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  • “In this insightful biography, screenwriter Gavin Lambert turns an illuminating spotlight on the generous heart, fragile spirit, and underrated talent of Hollywood icon Natalie Wood, the glamorous star whose life was cut tragically short at age forty-three by a mysterious drowning off the coast of Catalina. [While] revealing a world of shocking exploitation…what distinguishes this biography from other Hollywood tell-alls is a conspicuous absence of malice. With the same affectionate understanding he brought to his lives of George Cukor and Norma Shearer, Lambert has captured the enigmatic essence of Natalie Wood.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Lambert’s take on the luminous star of Gypsy and West Side Story is a relatively discreet, affectionate examination of Wood’s short, turbulent life…Lambert reveals deep sensitivity and understanding of her development as an actress, and he’s one of the few authors to capture the depth and beauty of her relationship with Robert Wagner. Lambert also effectively highlights Wood’s shrewd professional moves…Lambert eloquently clarifies the self-destructive reasons behind Wood’s addictions and insecurities, and in the end, readers will feel they truly know the subject more than they do in most biographies.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Capturing the real essence of another person is virtually impossible, especially when immersed in celebrity drama and pretense. In this moving and thorough examination of Wood’s groundbreaking career and too-short life, Lambert, an accomplished novelist whose Inside Daisy Clover provided the basis for one of Wood’s films, has come close to the impossible. With great empathy, he explores Wood the movie star and Wood the person, pointing out that all too often even she couldn’t distinguish between the two.”

    Bookmarks Magazine

  • “Capturing the real essence of another person is virtually impossible, especially when immersed in celebrity drama and pretense. In this moving and thorough examination of Wood’s groundbreaking career and too-short life, Lambert, an accomplished novelist whose Inside Daisy Clover provided the basis for one of Wood’s films, has come close to the impossible. With great empathy, he explores Wood the movie star and Wood the person, pointing out that all too often even she couldn’t distinguish between the two.”

    Bookmarks Magazine

  • “This biography has a wistful, elegant, humane quality…This isn’t just a story of one beloved, bedeviled actress…This book could be a model for a new way of looking at and thinking about today’s movie stars.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This biography is splendid in every way.”

    Washington Post

  • “Lambert was her friend, and his account benefits from his clear-eyed, affectionate point of view…He enjoyed extraordinary access to those who were close to Natalie and felt a commitment to telling her story, which he does in clean, honest prose. This promises to be her definitive biography.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Hollywood insider Lambert gives a sympathetic telling of the short and often unhappy life of actress Wood…This sad tale has more substance than gossip. The narration is exemplary; Robert Blumenfeld gives just enough inflection to differentiate quotations from explanatory text. His British-American accent is precise and clear. For popular collections.”

    Library Journal (audio review)

  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
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About the Author

Gavin Lambert was born and educated in England. He is the author of both biographies and novels, including Inside Daisy Clover and The Goodbye People. His screenplays include The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone starring Warren Beatty and Vivien Leigh, Inside Daisy Clover starring Robert Redford and Natalie Wood, the Oscar-nominated Sons and Lovers, and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. Lambert lived in Tangier from 1974 to 1988 and presently lives in Los Angeles.