Natalie Wood: A Life

Natalie Wood was a talented actress with early beginnings in the film industry on to adulthood. Appearing in notable films such as Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rebel Without A Cause (1955), Splendor in the Grass (1961), West Side Story (1961), and more, her filmography remains popular amount classic film fans today.

Sadly, her life was cut short in tragedy, leaving behind a mysterious legacy in addition to an outstanding film career. In the paperback release of Gavin Lambert’s (1924-2005) Natalie Wood: A Life, published by the University Press of Kentucky, Lambert shares observations from his 20-year friendship with Wood. Sharing anecdotes about her personal and professional life, Lambert offers a multifaceted portrait of Wood as a friend, actress, wife, and mother.

Additionally, Lambert’s own perspective is not the only one included in the book. Other individuals connected to Wood–including Warren Beatty, Leslie Caron, Robert Wagner, and more–also offered their stories in connection to Wood and her impact upon their lives.

Lambert’s book is not to be missed by fans of Wood and classic film.


Natalie Wood: A Life is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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