Natalie Wood very Russian American actress
Born in July 20, 1938 Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko was the daughter of Russian immigrant parents Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko and Maria Stepanovna. As an adult, she stated, “I’m very Russian, you know.” Also, she spoke both Russian and English. Natalie’s mother originally came from Barnaul, southern Siberia, but grew up in the Chinese city of Harbin. However, Natalie described her family by weaving mysterious tales of being either gypsies or landowning aristocrats. Meanwhile, in her youth, her mother dreamed of becoming an actress or ballet dancer. Raised as a Russian Orthodox Christian, she remained in the church.
Wood died by accidental drowning while on a weekend trip to Santa Catalina Island with her husband, Robert Wagner, actor Christopher Walken, and the boat’s captain, Dennis Davern. Many facts surrounding her drowning are still unknown. The death of the Hollywood actress of Russian origin has remained a mystery for 30 years, but now, new details of the accident have been unveiled.
November 28, 1981 Wood, was on a boat, sailing off Santa Catalina Island with her husband Robert Wagner, and the charismatic actor Christopher Walken among others. All of a sudden, the 43-year-old star of Rebel without a Cause, known for her fear of water, was overboard. Her death was initially considered an accident, but some doubted this.
With a stunningly beautiful Oscar-nominated actress at sea with three men, was there a jealousy? Wood and Walken were working on the film Brainstorm together at the time. The Daily Mail reports that a furious Robert Wagner shouted ‘Do you want to f*** my wife’ at Shoot the Sun Down star Christopher Walken, smashing a bottle of wine just moments before Natalie Wood fell to the waves, according to the boat’s captain.
It was Dennis Davern’s sworn statement to homicide detectives that allowed them to reopen the case. According to Radaronline.com, the captain of the luxury yacht told police that Wood’s husband told him what to say when the accident happened, instructing him “to never offer any details in reference to the circumstances surrounding Natalie Wood’s disappearance from the yacht on the night of November 28, 1981.”
More than thirty years later, the death of Hollywood star Natalie Wood is still shrouded in mystery. Now audiotapes, which have never been heard before, of Lana Wood discussing her sister’s death have been released by CBS News. The release of the tapes comes just weeks after Los Angeles coroner officials changed the cause of Wood’s death to include ‘other undetermined factors.’
The recordings were collected by author Suzanne Finstad as research for her 2001 book, ‘Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood.’ In the recordings Lana, Wood’s younger sister, says that the boat’s captain, Dennis Davern, called her while he was in a state of intoxication and claimed that Wagner (nicknamed ‘RJ’) hadn’t helped his wife after he accidentally pushed her overboard.
‘He said it appeared to him as though RJ shoved her away and she went overboard. Dennis panicked and RJ said, ‘Leave her there. Teach her a lesson.’ Dennis said he was very panicky that he was sitting and RJ kept drinking and kept drinking. ‘And he’d say, ‘Come on, let’s get her.’ And he said RJ was in such a foul mood, at that point, that he then shut up and was waiting for when, when are they gonna go to her rescue, until all the sound stopped,’ Lana is heard telling Finstad.
Lana continues on to say that Davern did not think that Wagner meant for Wood to die but he did not ‘run to her aid.’ ‘Even if he did not kill her, which is what I understand the guy’s saying, it was– you know, that it– it was an accident,’ Lana said. More than ten years after the alleged phone call, Davern would make the same claims that Wagner had accidentally pushed Wood overboard.
Natalie Wood very Russian American actress
After police re-opened an investigation into the actress’s death in November last year, Davern appeared on the Today Show and claimed that Wagner was responsible for her drowning. ‘We didn’t take any steps to see if we could locate her. I think it was a matter of: ”We’re not going to look too hard. We’re not going to turn on the searchlight. We’re not going to notify anybody right now,’ he said on the show. ‘I made terrible decisions and mistakes. I made mistakes by not telling the honest truth in a police report,’ the skipper of the Splendor said. Davern has also said that he heard Wagner and his wife, both of whom had drank and taken barbiturate tablets, have a heated argument the night Wood died.
Wagner wrote in a 2008 memoir that he and Walken argued that night. He wrote that Walken went to bed and he stayed up for a while, but when he went to bed, he noticed that his wife and a dinghy attached to the yacht were missing. Wagner declined to comment to CBS on the newly released tapes.