During the 1960’s Natalie Wood’s star was it’s brightest, at least in the beginning. In 1961 she was nominated as Best Actress for her role opposite Warren Beatty in Splendor in the Grass. She also stared as Maria in West Side Story. However, her musical numbers were dubbed. In 1962 she won the role of Gypsy Rose Lee in the film Gypsy, some say this was her best performance. Then in 1963, She was again nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Love with a Proper Stranger. Unfortunately, Natalie’s star began to slide and by the end of the sixties, she was making less and less movies. In 1969 she starred in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, but she would not star in another film until 1973.
Natalie never won the Academy Award, but it wasn’t for the lack of talent or the lack of trying. Mysteriously drowning in 1981 at the age of 43, we may never know what exactly Natalie would have been capable of.