Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00588052: NATALIE WOOD

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Highly rare and unusually early inscribed black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch light orange album page, acquired in-person by photographer and autograph hound Edward Gelman in 1965. In good condition. Beloved Hollywood icon Natalie Wood made her film debut at age four, as an extra in Happy Land (1943). Within just a few years, she was earning over a thousand dollars per week for films like Miracle on 34th Street (1947) and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947). The child star blossomed into a talented beauty, and was memorable as girlfriend to James Dean and Warren Beatty, respectively, in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), as well as in Splendor in the Grass (1961); the classic musicals West Side Story (1961) and Gypsy (1963); Love with the Proper Stranger (1963); Inside Daisy Cover (1967); and Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice (1969).  She snagged three Oscar nods, but never took home the trophy.  In the midst of filming the 1981 sci-fi flick Brainstorm, she was tragically drowned in a still-suspicious yachting accident just off Catalina Island. She was just 43 years old. Her autograph is rather elusive in any format.