did you know:
1 she knew how to speak russian and english.
2 natalie got her big break in the 1947 film miracle on 34th street at age 8.
3 natalie received her first academy award nomination for her starring role in rebel without a cause.
4 miss wood admitted to be upset when her voice as maria was overdubbed in the oscar winning musical west side story.
5 born as natalia nikolaevna zacharenko in san francisco, california. natalie took her last name from director sam wood.
6 according to warren harris, natalie's only professional training was watching hollywood child stars from her mother's lap.
7 she became the first performer, voted the year's worst by the harvard lampoon, to show up and accept her citation.
8 splendor in the grass was her transition film from child actress to adult.
9 wood did sing when she starred in the 1962 film, gypsy.
10 she made 56 films during her short 43 years.
"my mother used to tell me that the cameraman who pointed his lens out at the audience at the end of the paramount newsreel was taking my picture. i'd pose and smile like he was going to make me famous or something. i believed everything my mother told me." - natalie wood