Monday, June 14, 2010
Natalie Wood : Part 2 of 3.
Natalie Wood, made the transition from child star to teen star when she performed in the film, Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean. she recieved an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Natalie's next performance and one of my favorite western movies, The Searchers(1956) with John Wayne, which also featured Wood's sister, Lana(pictured above), who played the younger version of her character. Directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May. It is the story of Ethan Edwards, a Civil War veteran, who spends years looking for his abducted niece.
Signed to Warner Brothers, Wood performed in many 'girlfriend' roles. The studio cast her in two films opposite Tab Hunter, hoping to turn the duo into a box office draw. Some of the other films she performed in were, 1958's Kings Go Forth and Marjorie Morningstar, with Gene Kelly.