Natalie Wood was an American actress, three-time Oscar nominee.
Beautiful girl was born on July 20, 1938. Her real name was Natalia Zakharenko, then Gurdina. She was a daughter of Russian immigrants Nikolai Zakharenko from Vladivostok, and Maria Zudilova from Barnaul. They changed the name to Gurdin when became U.S. citizens. Pretty girl was fluent in English and Russian. According to her she was “very Russian”. During her stay in Los Angeles, Natalie was a parishioner of Holy Transfiguration Cathedral.
By the way, her acting career began when the girl was only four years old. To tell the truth, she became a very successful child actress. Little actress played in the films including Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) and Star (1952). For the role of Judy in the movie Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean she was an Oscar nominee in 1955.
Roles in West Side Story (1961), Gypsy (1962) and The Great Race (1965) brought Natalie world fame. And roles in Splendor in the Grass (1961) and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963) brought her two more nominations for an Academy Award.