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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (774 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Suzanne Finstad Narrator: Lana Wood Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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After 20 years, the story of Natalie Wood's extraordinary life and mysterious death is revealed in a riveting new biography.

We watched her mature on the movie screen before our eyes in Miracle on 34th Street, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story, Splendor in the Grass, and on and on. She has been hailed, along with Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, as one of the top three movie actresses in film history, a legend in her own lifetime and beyond. But the story of what she endured, of what her life was like when the doors of the soundstages slid closed has long been obscured.

Natasha is based on years of exhaustive research into Natalie's turbulent life and mysterious death. Suzanne Finstad conducted more than 400 interviews with Natalie's family, close friends, legendary costars, lovers, film crews, attorneys, police officials, and Dr. Thomas Noguchi, the coroner who investigated her strange death by drowning. Finstad has reconstructed a life of emotional abuse and exploitation, of almost unprecedented fame, great loneliness, and loss.

Finstad tells this tragic beauty's story with sensitivity and grace, revealing a complex and conflicting mix of fragility and strength in a woman who was swept away by forces she could not control.

Natasha is the definitive biography of Natalie Wood. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 2/20/2014

    " Suzanne Finstad writes a moving biography about this talented actress whose life ended tragically. Well researched and well written. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leticia Gonzalez Mitchell | 2/20/2014

    " Her fear of dying while drowning....Wow! The person she portrayed was not the person that she was. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 2/9/2014

    " Ever since finishing this book, I've been haunted by this actress and the thought of how she died, all alone and at sea. A magical life cut short far too soon, and the author has spoiled me for all other biographies. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 2/9/2014

    " I've had this book on my bookshelf for a couple of years before I finally decided to pick it up and read it. I'm glad I did! I really enjoyed reading about her life. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about Natalie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krystal | 1/29/2014

    " This book hijacked my brain for a week or so. I almost cried when it ended. Mostly because this was the OJ case of the 80s, without the public realizing it. Fuck you Robert Wagner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/17/2014

    " This was an absorbing account of the life of one of the last true movie stars, Natalie Wood. The author gives us a detailed account of her work and of the formaative years that gave her so many fears and phobias. She had the ultimate "stage mom". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 1/8/2014

    " I don't usually read biographies, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Natalie Wood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 12/24/2013

    " Not the best written, but still fascinating and informative. Juicy details. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syl | 12/20/2013

    " Very good book. Enjoyed learning more about one of my favorite actresses. Gone too soon "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coleen | 12/13/2013

    " I love biographies and i love old hollywood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 11/12/2013

    " i love LOVE biographies and i have a thing for natalie wood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Cler | 10/21/2013

    " Read this when it first came out a decade ago, and was inspired to pick it up again. Exhaustively researched, difficult-to-put-down biography of Natalie Wood, the first really complete biography ever written on her life. A must for any Natalie Wood fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sparkysparkler | 6/5/2013

    " Beautifully captured story of one of the most beautiful actresses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ciara Leahy | 5/21/2013

    " Lovely account about one of biggest stars of the movie world and her tragic end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 5/3/2013

    " Fascinating, detailed account of Natalie Woods' life growing up with a Russian background and a domineering mother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney B | 4/25/2013

    " Lots of interesting stuff so far -- but I'm getting distracted by other reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carla | 3/23/2013

    " The same sad Hollywood story of a child star and the stage mother who pushes her to be all the mama dreams of for herself. The book is well-researched and informative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenncouttas | 9/29/2012

    " A little biased / unreliable in parts but a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Scott | 9/15/2012

    " I'm re-reading this due to the news about Natalie Wood's death being reinvestigated. This is the only bio of NW that I have read, but I enjoyed it very much. I'd be interested to read an unpdated version after the LA coroner/courts complete their investigation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Comosedice | 8/15/2012

    " Read it even if you aren't interested in Natalie Wood. Great Hollywood biography and a scary portrait of when frustrated artists have children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 7/11/2012

    " I read half of this to page 211 but had to stop to read other things. I enjoyed it, but the print was very small and it's too slow going. Very interesting and rich with detail. So far - her mom was really nuts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy Risner | 5/7/2012

    " Interesting story and so sad. But I will say that I would never get on a boat with Christopher Walken as she did on her last night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 10/21/2011

    " Natalie Wood was much more wild I expected. This is a great guilty pleasure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 4/5/2011

    " I don't usually read biographies, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Natalie Wood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 3/15/2011

    " Fascinating, going all the way back to the Bolshevik revolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/31/2009

    " This is a compassionate and compelling story about the life of Natalie Wood, one of Hollywood's brightest stars. Details about her sad childhood, coming of age, life as a star, and tragic untimely death make this an interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisa | 6/17/2009

    " Not the best written, but still fascinating and informative. Juicy details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coleen | 3/11/2009

    " I love biographies and i love old hollywood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leticia | 1/23/2009

    " Her fear of dying while drowning....Wow! The person she portrayed was not the person that she was. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 12/7/2008

    " This book was interesting and engrossing, for the most part. The beginning was a little slow, but it was an integral part of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 12/6/2008

    " A fascinating look into the life of a troubled star "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 10/27/2008

    " Fascinating, detailed account of Natalie Woods' life growing up with a Russian background and a domineering mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 10/7/2008

    " I've had this book on my bookshelf for a couple of years before I finally decided to pick it up and read it. I'm glad I did! I really enjoyed reading about her life. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning more about Natalie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 9/16/2008

    " This was an absorbing account of the life of one of the last true movie stars, Natalie Wood. The author gives us a detailed account of her work and of the formaative years that gave her so many fears and phobias. She had the ultimate "stage mom". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 9/5/2008

    " i love LOVE biographies and i have a thing for natalie wood. "

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About the Author
Suzanne Finstad received the Frank Wardlaw Prize for her first book, Heir Not Apparent. Her most recent, Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood, was a New York Times bestseller and named the best film book of 2001 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Several of her works have been made into films. She lives in California and has a law degree.