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Publisher's Summary

From her starring roles as a skeptical child in the perennial classic Miracle on 34thStreet 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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Ugh. Could have been so good, but a total miss.

ZZZzzz. Desperately needs good developmental editing. The content is poorly organized, and (perhaps partly as a result) the narration is rushed and unfeeling. Not at all interestingly done -- couldn't get through much of it, sadly. Story has such amazing potential, but this book is just a miss all around.

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Great book. Horrible Narration.

I found the details of Ms. Wood’s life and the content of this story very interesting, but I couldn’t get through it because of the narration. It sounded as if it were a computer generated voice devoid of inflection and locked into a speech pattern and rhythm that made it impossible to follow. Perhaps the author and publisher will re-release it.

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Sad Tale About a Beautiful Person

Very good detail. Good narration. She had so much going for her, it seems, then to be fighting pills, and dying the way she did. what a sad loss. Good book. Thanks

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a mom story

What disappointed you about Natalie Wood?

Every few paragraphs we get a diatribe of how Natalie's mother was connected to Russian Aristocracy. The story line jumps back and forth so much and drops names that it is confusing and hard to follow if Natalie is 8 or 14 at the time.

What do you think your next listen will be?

back to fiction

How did the narrator detract from the book?

mans voice on a woman's story not good

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no, I didn't finish it

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Emotional Rollercoaster

Natalie's life was an emotional rollercoaster. From her cold, self centered mother to the emptiness she was left with.