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23 March 2020 18:33

Kirk Douglas Michael Douglas Hollywood

The actress was married to her childhood crush - Robert Wagner - and was just months away from the release of her films West Side Story and Splendour In The Grass with Warren Beatty. According to a new biography of Wood by Suzanne Finstad, the actress went to pieces after allegedly catching her husband in a clinch with their English live-in butler. Author Finstad told the Daily Mail she heard about the incident from three of Wood's close pals, a friend of her mother and by her sister Lana. Lana, who grew up to be an actress and star as a Bond girl in Diamonds Are Forever, claimed her sister shut herself in a bedroom and accidentally overdosed on sleeping pills, with her parents rushing her to hospital to have her stomach pumped. In the book, Finstad suggests Wood was happy to be blamed for breaking up the marriage because she wanted to protect Wagner as rumours about his sexuality could have destroyed his Hollywood career at the time.

New York - Natalie Wood was 22 years old in June 1961 and months away from superstardom with the release of two of her finest films, the musical 'West Side Story' and the period drama 'Splendour In The Grass', with Warren Beatty. She had also realised a childhood dream of marrying the handsome star Robert Wagner and the pair had become one of Hollywood's golden couples, holding court in a white Beverly Hills mansion lavishly converted to resemble an Ancient Greek palace. Its author, Suzanne Finstad, says Wagner's "sexual betrayal" of Wood not only destroyed their first marriage but was the "dark cloud" that loomed over their remarriage and her mysterious death in 1981. Finstad suggests that if Wood, who was then 43, hadn't been devastated by Wagner's disloyalty two decades earlier, she wouldn't have tried to make him jealous of their friend and fellow star Christopher Walken, provoking a drunken row that ended with the actress left floundering in the sea at night with nobody to save her. Finstad's exhaustive 2001 biography of Wood, in which she revealed new evidence suggesting the death wasn't accidental, provided the impetus for Los Angeles police to reopen their investigation of the case in 2011.

Both Wood's sister Lana, a former Bond Girl (in 'Diamonds Are Forever'), and the yacht's skipper Dennis Davern — the only other person on board during the trip — now claim Wagner murdered Wood. A new biography about former Hollywood superstar Natalie Wood claims her mysterious drowning death was the result of heartbreak during her first marriage to Robert Wagner caused by an affair he was having with his male butler. But their "fairy-tale" wedding had cracked under the glossy surface, according to Suzanne Finstad, who recently updated her 2001 biography on Wood with new allegations about Wagner being secretly bisexual and his affair with his butler David Cavendish. During their second year of marriage, Wood and Wagner moved out of their shared two-bedroom flat and into a snow-white mansion in the heart of Beverly Hills, where she found her husband in a "compromising position with another man" suspected to be Cavendish. Finstad wrote that she was told by three of Wood's close friends, by her mother's best friend, and her sister Lana that the actress "opened a door" while looking for Wagner and found him "intertwined" with the butler.

Wagner, now 90, has denied any involvement in her death, but both Lana and yacht's skipper Dennis Davern, the only other person on board that fateful night, have claimed that he murdered his wife. Finstad means that if Wooden, who was then 43, hadn't been devastated by Wagner's disloyalty twenty years earlier, she would not have tried to make him jealous of their pal and fellow star Christopher Walken, frightening a drunken row that ended with the actress left floundering within the sea at night time with no one to avoid wasting her. Each Wooden's sister Lana, a former Bond Woman (in Diamonds Are Perpetually), and the yacht's skipper Dennis Davern — the one different particular person on board throughout the journey — now declare Wagner murdered Wooden. She had additionally realised a childhood dream of marrying the good-looking star Robert Wagner and the pair (above) had change into one in every of Hollywood's golden {couples}, holding courtroom in a white Beverly Hills mansion lavishly transformed to resemble an Historic Greek palace. Across the identical time, Wooden informed buddies she was violently raped by a well-known movie star — not named by Finstad — after he invited her to Hollywood's notorious Chateau Marmont lodge to learn for a job.

Finstad says she was informed by three of Wooden's shut buddies, by her mom's finest pal and by her sister Lana that the actress 'opened a door' whereas searching for Wagner that night time of their house and located him 'intertwined' along with his butler.