Natalie Wood: Russian beauty

She was very beautiful. She was Russian after all, born Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko to Russian immigrant parents and she never liked the name Natalie Wood the RKO studio chose for her. Her wedding gown for her marriage to Richard Gregson, designed by Edith Head, was inspired by a costume worn by an 18th-century Russian princess, white and pale yellow silk and cotton jacquard fabric in a delicate antique pattern. She used to say she felt very Russian. Mysterious, graceful, classy, talented — being one of the very few actors who successfully made the transition from child star to adult actress. I loved her in Miracle On 34th Street, as well as in Splendor In The Grass, Rebel Without A Cause, Love with the Proper Stranger, Inside Daisy Clover, among many others. Natalie Wood.

photos: 1-source unknown / 3,5-by William Claxton / 2-by Paul Shcutzer, 4-Warner Brothers, both via Vanity Fair

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