Wednesday, 21 July 2010

A Day Late

Yesterday was Natalie Wood's birthday and I forgot to post something about it. She's often remembered and yet so underrated as an actress. Here are five excellent contributions from Ms. Wood.
Susan in Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

I believe... I believe... It's silly, but I believe.
Judy in Rebel without A Cause (1957)
I love somebody. All the time I've been... I've been looking for someone to love me. And now I love somebody. And it's so easy. Why is it easy now?
Maria in West Side Story (1961)
Te adoro, Antone.

Angie in Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
That's what love is - bells and banjos playing? How they brainwash you! And here I spend my whole life like a nut waiting for what? A stranger.

Wilma Dean in Splendor in the Grass (1961)
Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower, we will grieve not; rather find strength in what remains behind.


Simon said...

My favorite of hers is Inside Daisy Clover, followed by This Property is Condemned (good ol' southern melodrama).

Jude said...

Natalie gives on of the most titanic performances for a young actress in "Splendor in the Grass."

Heather said...

She is my favorite actress of all time. I fell in love with her in This Property Is Condemned, and then Splendor..........

Ironically she played Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy back in 62, and now they are making a story about her crazy stage mom, and my favorite living actress Sigourney Weaver is slated to play the role.

Ahhh Natalie. They don't make them like they used to.

Dan said...

I'm a newbie when it comes to Natalie Wood, I'm ashamed to admit. I haven't seen enough of her movies. But, I do find her enchanting (and very beautiful). I most recently saw - for the first time - Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice. I thought the film was okay - I prefer some of Mazursky's later work, but Wood had me glued to the screen in every scene she was in.

TomS said...

"Bob and Carol..." was a powerhouse comedy and Natalie Wood was unforgettable! And who doesn't love her in "Miracle on 34th Street?"

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

simon i have not seen inside daisy clover - you're actually one of the few people who i know like it, though.

jude yes, splendor in the grass is just excellent.

heather i really want to get my hands on gypsy.

dan that's another one i need to see. you should definitely check her out in the top three, though - just excellent.

tom oddly, the remake of miracle is not half bad, though mara wilson is no natalie.