Natalie Wood

San Francisco      ♥      5'0" tall      ♥      Died at age 43 in 1981        


Enjoy photos and movies from her younger acting days from 1956 to 1973


#1: Marilyn Monroe

1950s icon

“I want to be a big star more than anything. It's something precious.”

#2: Hedy Lamarr

"The Most Beautiful Woman In Film"

“Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.”

#3: Elizabeth Taylor


“I've only slept with the men I've been married to. How many women can make that claim?”

#4: Greta Garbo

"The Face"

“I never said, 'I wanted to be alone', I said 'I want to be left alone'”

#5: Audrey Hepburn

1950s sweetheart

“I don't have sex appeal and I know it. As a matter of fact, I think I'm rather funny looking. My teeth are funny, for one thing, and I have none of the attributes usually required for a movie queen, including the shapeliness.”

#6: Ava Gardner

1940s beauty

“What I'd really like to say about stardom is that it gave me everything I never wanted. Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.”

#7: Grace Kelly


“Hollywood amuses me. Holier-than-thou for the public and unholier-than-the-devil in reality.”

#8: Jean Harlow

"Baby" or "The Platinum Blonde"

“Men like me because I don't wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don't look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long.”

#9: Gene Tierney

1940s movie star

“I dated dozens of young men, had fun with all, made commitments to none.”

#10: Rita Hayworth

"The Love Goddess"

“I think all women have a certain elegance about them which is destroyed when they take off their clothes.”

#11: Sophia Loren

1950s movie star

“Many people think they want things, but they don't really have the strength, the discipline. They are weak. I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough.”

#12: Carole Lombard

The Profane Angel, The Hoosier Tornado

“I've lived by a man's code designed to fit a man's world, yet at the same time I never forget that a woman's first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick.”

#13: Louise Brooks

"LuLu" or "Brooksie"

“Love is a publicity stunt, and making love - after the first curious raptures - is only another petulant way to pass the time waiting for the studio to call.”

#14: Brigitte Bardot


“I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals.”

#15: Natalie Wood


“You get tough in this business, until you get big enough to hire people to get tough for you. Then you can sit back and be a lady.”

#16: Loretta Young

Attila the Nun, Saint Loretta

“A face that is really lovely in repose can fall apart if, when its owner starts to talk, she distorts every feature.”

#17: Lana Turner

Sweater Girl

“A successful man is one who makes more money than a wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.”

#18: Marlene Dietrich

"Lili Marlene"

“The legs aren't so beautiful. I just know what to do with them.”

#19: Ingrid Bergman

1940s iconic actress

“I can do everything with ease on the stage, whereas in real life I feel too big and clumsy. So I didn't choose acting. It chose me.”

#20: Clara Bow

The "It" Girl

“We had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted.”

#21: Jane Russell

1950s movie star

“Sometimes the photographers would pose me in a low-necked nightgown and tell me to bend down and pick up the pails. They were not shooting the pails.”

#22: Vivien Leigh


“Some critics saw fit to say that I was a great actress. I thought that was a foolish, wicked thing to say...”

#23: Joan Crawford

"Billie" or "Cranberry"

“Women's Lib? Poor little things. They always look so unhappy. Have you noticed how bitter their faces are?”

#24: Ginger Rogers

1940s movie star

“I'm most grateful to have had that joyous time in motion pictures. It really was a Golden Age of Hollywood. Pictures were talking, they were singing, they were coloring.”

#25: Joan Fontaine

1940s beautiful actress

“The main problem in marriage is that, for a man, sex is a hunger. If he is hungry and can't get to a fancy French restaurant, he'll go to a hot dog stand.”

#26: Jennifer Jones

1940s movie star

“If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.”

#27: Claudette Colbert


“I think there was more sex in those old films than in all that thrashing around today [1960s]. I'm tired of sex scenes.”

#28: Kim Novak

1950s movie star

“I loved acting, which was never about money, the fame. It was about a search for meaning. It was painful.”

#29: Myrna Loy

Queen of Hollywood, The Perfect Wife

“Some perfect wife I am. I've been married four times, divorced four times, have no children, and can't boil an egg.”

#30: Joan Collins

"The British Open"

“The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer.”

#31: Mary Pickford

Baby Gladys, The Glad Girl

“It would have been more logical if silent pictures had grown out of the talkies instead of the other way around”

#32: Fay Wray

The Queen of Scream

“As soon as I got off the boat, a man met me and said, 'Will you please come up to the BBC studios and scream for us?'”

#33: Susan Hayward

1940s movie star

“You aim at all the things you have been told that stardom means--the rich life, the applause, the parties. Then you find that you have it all. And it is nothing, really nothing.”

#34: Veronica Lake

"The Peek-a-boo Girl"

“Hollywood gives a young girl the aura of one giant, self-contained orgy farm, its inhabitants dedicated to crawling into every pair of pants they can find.”

#35: Barbara Stanwyck


“I'm a tough old broad from Brooklyn. I intend to go on acting until I'm ninety and they won't need to paste my face with make-up.”

#36: Jayne Mansfield

1950s movie star

“My father was the only man I ever knew who really loved me unselfishly, who never used me for personal gain.”

#37: Thelma Todd

Hot Toddy, The Ice Cream Blonde

#38: Marion Davies

1920s film comedienne and philanthropist

“With me it was 5% talent and 95% publicity.”

#39: Bette Davis

"The Fifth Warner Brother," or "The First Lady of Film"

“An affair now and then is good for a marriage. It adds spice, stops it from getting boring. I ought to know.”

#40: Lillian Gish

"The First Lady of American Cinema"

“I think the things that are necessary in my profession are these: Taste, Talent and Tenacity. I think I have had a little of all three.”

#41: Jeanne Crain

"Hollywood's Number One party girl"

“I loved being at the studio [20th Century-Fox]. After all, I started at 15, and I grew up there.”

#42: Betty Grable

"The Pin-Up Girl" or "The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs"

“...putting women on pedestals began to die out when it was discovered they could give orders better from there.”

#43: Diana Dors

"The Siren of Swindon" or "Hurricane in Mink"

“I was the first home-grown sex symbol... When Marilyn Monroe's first film was shown, a columnist wrote, 'How much like our Diana Dors she is'.”

#44: Lauren Bacall

"Baby" or "The Look"

“Men need to feel important. They feel better when they're with younger girls or unknown girls.”

#45: Linda Darnell


“People got tired of seeing the sweet young things I was playing and I landed at the bottom of the roller coaster. I'd crammed thirty years into ten...I missed out on my girlhood, the fun, little things that now seem important.”

#46: Mae West

1930s movie star

“Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere else.”

#47: Katharine Hepburn

"Kate" and "First Lady of Cinema"

“If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married.”

#48: Maureen O'Sullivan

1930s movie star

“I don't think I ever got parts that interested me. Well, I did occasionally, but more often than not they did not interest me.”

#49: Lucille Ball

"Queen of the B's"

“Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead.”

#50: Carole Landis

"The 'Ping' Girl"

“I want to be as good an actress as Bette Davis, and I'd like to be a great singer. But more than that I'd like to be happily married and have some children.”

#51: Shirley MacLaine

1950s movie star

“I was always a character actress and never a sex symbol. Even when I was the leading lady, I was a character actor.”

#52: Ann Sheridan

The "Oomph" Girl

“They nicknamed me "The Oomph Girl", and I loathe that nickname! Just being known by a nickname indicates that you're not thought of as a true actress.”

#53: Olivia de Havilland


“Playing good girls in the '30s was difficult, when the fad was to play bad girls. Actually I think playing bad girls is a bore; I have always had more luck with good girl roles because they require more from an actress.”

#54: Ella Raines

1940s movie star

#55: Vilma Banky

"The Hungarian Rhapsody"

“For the love scenes in my first Hollywood silent picture I spoke in Hungarian, and my co-star chatted about cricket and kippers.”

#56: Margaret Lindsay

1930s movie star

“The little things are most worthwhile- quiet word, a look, a smile.”

#57: Judy Garland

1940s entertainer

“In the silence of night I have often wished for just a few words of love from one man, rather than the applause of thousands of people.”

#58: Joan Blondell

1930s sexy wisecracker

“It amazes me how some of these little numbers with dreamy looks and a dead pan are getting away with not acting. ”

#59: Jane Wyman

1940s movie star

“I don't know why I'd have to cooperate because he knows everything I know. I'm just going to live my life and have fun.”

#60: Dorothy Lamour

"The Beautiful One" or "Dottie"

“Glamor is just sex that got civilized. A pretty girl, tastefully posed in a scant costume, is even a sort of cultural achievement.”

#61: Barbara Lawrence

1950s movie star

#62: Joan Bennett

1930s winsome blonde

“I turned my hair dark and have received much better parts ever since.”

#63: Ann Sothern

1930s movie star

“We were just big names--the products of a good publicity department. Today's crop of actresses and actors have real talent. Good looks are no longer an essential part of the business.”

#64: Alice White

1930s flirt

“Look at that Marilyn Monroe walk. I did it first. That's an Alice White walk!”

#65: Jeanette MacDonald

Jenni, Jam

“I've been told I have an Irish temper, I know I have Scottish thrift, and, like the English, I love a good show.”

#66: Anita Page

1930s movie star

“It's great to be in Hollywood, but [my producer] Mr. Thaw says we can't have boyfriends or go to any parties.”

#67: Una Merkel

1930s movie star

“And I’m grateful, too, to have been in a business in which you can work as long as you can walk.”

#68: Sally Blane

1930s B-movie starlet

“Loretta was always really ambitious ... But while she was concentrating on her career, I had all the beaus.”

#69: Marie Wilson

1930s comic cutie

“Some day I just wish someone would offer me a different kind of role. My closest friends admit that whenever they tell someone they know me they have to convince them that I'm really not dumb. ”

#70: Eleanor Powell

Queen of Ra-Ta-Taps

“Once I was identified as a tap dancer that was it - because nobody had ever seen that kind of thing before.”

#71: Norma Shearer

The First Lady of MGM, Queen Norma

“Never let them see you in public after you've turned 35. You're finished if you do!”

#72: Mary Astor

"The Cameo Girl" or "Rusty"

“I was never totally involved in movies. I was just making my father's dream come true.”

#73: Virginia Bruce

1930s pale-eyed blonde

“My chief purpose in life is to fall in love. I don't know why I want to, but I do.”

#74: Constance Bennett

1930s fashion star

“Marilyn Monroe? There's a broad with her future behind her!”

#75: Glenda Farrell

1930s actress

“Not many silent-film actors could talk. So they shoved the ones that came from Broadway into everything. It all went so fast. I used to ask myself, 'What set am I on today?”

#76: Madge Evans

1930s "nice girl" actress

“I became a Typical American Girl by the accident of a few early picture parts ... I'm stuck with it. Maybe I'd like to be known as a mysterious silent woman...Nobody cares.”

#77: Marian Marsh

1930s movie star

“In my first audition, the director told me to cry - it was exactly what I wanted to do. I cried all over the place, and he thought it was great acting. I got the contract.”

#78: Ruth Chatterton

1930s actress, novelist, and early aviator

“I know for some women, men are a household necessity; myself, I'd rather have a canary. ”

#79: Miriam Hopkins


“TV is the toughest medium because there's more strain, but the theatre requires the most work. Movies are the easiest. You can sip coffee between takes.”

#80: Evalyn Knapp

1930s movie star

#81: Kay Francis

Queen of Warner Brothers

“A dog has kindliness in his heart and dignity in his demeanor. The finest qualities anyone can have.”

#82: Blanche Sweet

1920s silent film actress

“I was stubborn, I was difficult, I played games, I was to fall in love, oh there are reasons and reasons.”
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