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Lana Wood

Cpt. Says Wagner Left Wood

'To Teach Her a Lesson'

11/18/2011 11:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

111811_lana_wood_videoLana Wood is telling a chilling story about the night her sister died -- that Robert Wagner knew Natalie Wood was in the water ... but instructed the captain of the yacht to "leave her there, teach her a lesson."

In an interview with TMZ, Lana says Captain Dennis Davern told her several details about Natalie's death ... including that there was a drunken fight between Wagner and Natalie that night in 1981.

Lana claims Wagner -- or RJ, as she calls him -- didn't call her until 2 days after Natalie's death and offered her no explanation, other than ... "it was an accident."

As for the reopening of the investigation, Lana says her sister "deserves the truth" -- and she never bought the official explanation about Natalie and the dinghy ... because she knows her sister was afraid she would die in "dark water."

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76.

Hope    

Be leery of the source Lana Wood. In her book about Natalie, she comes off as very jealous and opportunistic about her sister, and Robert Wagner has always vocally said that she was a jealous resentful disaster of a person who used Natalie even in death to further her own interests. Read his book too. Lana has a notorious reputation for being a less than genuine person.

1038 days ago
77.

Allie    

Time to pay the piper, Robert. Look at the smug *******. The jog is up.

1038 days ago
78.

Verna Hignite    

I think this just insane Robert Wagner didnot kill no one so for all you hater you can go to hell.. Rj you will alway be my favorit actor you and Stefaine Powers, will be there for you and so will I..

1038 days ago
79.

Pegasus    

Who Was Natalie Wood? The Movie Star Behind The Drowning CaseWho Was Natalie Wood? The Movie Star Behind The Drowning Case
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PolarisBy Radar Staff

Almost 30 years after she drowned while yachting off the coast of California's Catalina Island, the world is again fascinated with Natalie Wood as the police reopen the investigation into her death.

Many who are following the developments weren't even born when the beautiful actress mysteriously fell to her death, and RadarOnline.com is taking a look back on the life and death of the movie star.

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Born in 1938, Wood was a successful child actress during the golden age of Hollywood and her part in the Christmas classic Miracle On 34th Street remains a holiday-viewing staple to this day.

It was her break out role in 1955's Rebel Without A Cause alongside James Dean that rocketed her to fame though and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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Both Dean, and Natalie's other co-star, Sal Mineo died young, leading the film's stars to be dubbed "the tragic three."

The pretty porcelain-skinned brunette went on to star in the timeless classics West Side Story and Gypsy, before winning Academy Awards for Best Actress in Splendour In The Grass and Love With The Proper Stranger.

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Blossoming into a beautiful woman, Natalie was soon wooed by a string of older men, including Dennis Hopper, Elvis Presley and Robert Wagner, the man at the center of her drowning mystery, whom she had a childhood crush on and married in 1957 but divorced five years later.

Wood's on-screen success was marred by personal trauma including a suicide attempt in 1966 in the wake of her breakup from famous Hollywood Casanova Warren Beatty.

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She went on to bounce back from the heartbreak to marry British producer Richard Gregson and gave birth to daughter, Natasha in 1970.

The couple separated just ten months later after Natalie learned her husband was having an affair with her secretary.

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After her double heartbreak, Natalie circled back to her one true love, Wagner, and they reunited and married for a second time and welcomed their daughter, Courtney Wagner in 1974.

Wagner found fame on the small screen with the television series Hart To Hart while Natalie focused on raising their family.

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When her children were older, the Oscar-winner attempted to return to acting in the early 80s by moving to North Carolina to star in Brainstorm with Christopher Walken, a move that may have caused irreparable damage to her marriage and possibly even led to her death.

After becoming close on set, Wood brought Walken back to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving and invited him to join her, Wagner, and boat captain Dennis Davern on the ill-fated boat trip to Catalina.

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On Saturday, November 28, 1981, they all dined at a restaurant on Catalina Island where Natalie reportedly got drunk. Hours later she fell to her death off their yacht into the depths of the Pacific, in what was ruled an accidental drowning.

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Davern told the Today Show on Friday that he had lied to officers investigating the death back in the early 80s, and he thinks Wagner is responsible.

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"I made some terrible decisions and mistakes," he told NBC's David Gregory. "I did lie on a report several years ago...I made mistakes by not telling the honest truth.”

He added, "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.'"

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Investigators who have reopened the case said in a news conference that Wagner is not a suspect in her death.

Wagner's spokesman Alan Nierob said in a statement Thursday, "Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the LA County Sheriff's department about this matter...they fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff's Dept and trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death."

1038 days ago
80.

Truth    

@SOPHIECAT: HUH... THE TIMELINE DOES FIT TO WHAT SOPHIE CAT WAS SAYING. BILL HOLDEN DIED ON NOV 12, 1981 OF A SUDDEN HEAD WOUND SAID TO BE A "FALL" FROM A DRUNKEN STUPOR FALLING DOWN IN HIS SANTA MONICA APARTMENT. SAID HE FELL FROM THE STAIRS AND HIT HIS HEAD. NATALIE WOOD DIED 2 WEEKS LATER NOV. 29, 1981. IF TRUE, THAT WOULD TIE IN THE WOOD-HOLDEN DEATHS. HART TO HART WAS IN ITS 2ND SEASON. IT RAN FROM AUG 25, 1979 TO END OF 1984 SEASON OR 5 YRS. STEPHANIE POWERS WAS A HOT MILF BACK IN THE DAY. NO DOUBT WAGNER AND POWERS DID HAVE FLINGS AND BANGED EACH OTHER. BILL HOLDEN HAD A VASECTOMY IN THE 1950'S. MAYBE THAT LEAD TO HIS IMPOTENCE AS WELL. HMM... SOPHIECAT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE IF TRUE CUZ THE TIMING FITS!! TRUTH!!

1038 days ago
81.

pam    

I am wondering why you 'people' have not considered that 30 years ago many reporters, cops (yes, I said COPS) covered allot of stuff that went on in Hollywood UP for the STARS, look at Marilyn Monroe, ? how about President Kennedy, (makes Clinton look like an angel) Joe Kennedy paying everyone off? How many addicts and gay stars stayed that way until a new reporter came along and took over, now its either truth or lies. This would have and could have been covered up for Wagner, like it or not. For heavens sake who goes out in the middle of the night (weighing about 100) and tries to tie up the dingy, why would you let your wife in danger herself? Was there just one 'staff' member? There have been many stories and the one that does trouble me is why no one was called to help? That much was not 'covered quickly enough and thus created 30 years ago what has always been "the timeline problem," as it still stands to this day, why is that still swept under a rug? if you have nothing to hide why not call the Coast Guard?

1038 days ago
82.

Joey    

I'd also like to know the truth about Natalies tragic death, but unless Wagner confesses everything that happened that night, we'll never know. Walken is supposed to have been dead drunk, so may well not be able to testify about the ongoing fight between Natalie & Wagner. Do I think Wagner is morally responsible for what happened to Natalie? Yep. But I don't think LA Sheriffs Investigators traveling to Hawaii, Catalina, Florida, etc is going to turn up anything fresh. I don't know much about this clown captain, but he seems pretty shady. Also Lana Wood is infamous for being a very unstable person. She was married & divorced like 5 times before she was 30, and has the rep of being heavy into drugs and alcohol during her life and has displayed some really weird behavior. She actually lives not far from me & I have heard a lot of stories about her, off and on over the years, and now that this has come out, a lot of people I know are telling about weird encounters with her.

1038 days ago
83.

newsreader    

I remember reading somewhere about Natalie Wood's death that there was someone from another boat a few hundred feet away from Splendour that heard a woman was calling for help that night and that they didn't come out to help because he/she (can't remember) heard someone respond to the woman's call with something like "take it easy, we'll come to get you..." or something. If that is true, then what the Dennis Davern is saying might be true, that Wagner left Natalie in the water to teach her a lesson, but she drowned after struggling for a while. Reminds me of the Thelma Todd case from the 30's.

1038 days ago
84.

sasha    

Lana. you know that RJ left her there...on purpose...not really wanting her to die...but she did! You owe it to your SISTER to not mince words. YOUR SISTER died a suffering death because of RJ...shouldnt you at least support some sort of punishment of RJ for being so wreckless????????????
He had the last 30 years to live it up....now its time to admit truth....and if that truth is for RJ to admit wrong...he should. Lana, Support Natalie...she loved you so much and truth is you do know RJ didnt intend for her to die..but he did kill her. Support Natalie not RJ!

1037 days ago
85.

jujubee    

So the CAPTAIN of the ship takes orders from one passenger to leave another passenger in the water. GTFO of here...

1037 days ago
86.

Tanya    

Robert Wagner is bisexual. He was much older than Natalie. She walked in on him, per Suzanne Finstad's words which Lana Wood condones, "in a compromising position with another man." Eleven years later in 1972, he emerged from therapy and promised her it would not happen again--resulting in them getting back together, a fatal mistake on Natalie's part.

1037 days ago
87.

Bonnie    

Shameful. Does ANYONE believe a WORD out of her mouth? How do you say "I don't care if anyone is punished, I just want the true story." No you just want your 15 minutes of fame. LEAST TRUSTWORTHY PERSON EVER. Its sad she is using her sisters death to feel relevant. How do you care now, but didn't fight 30 years ago for the truth when you "SUSPECTED" foul play??? AM I WRONG???

1037 days ago
88.

jim bob    

strange the number of pro Robert Wagner comments, no one knows the truth yet, is this the work of a pr company?

1037 days ago
89.

Truth    

@NEWSREADER: YEP, CNN REPORT SAID THE SAME THING. IN FACT SEVERAL WITNESSES HEARD A FEMALE YELLING/SCREAMING FOR HELP AND A MALE IN CALM GENTLE VOICE SAYING THE EXACT STATEMENT. MOST LIKELY ROBERT WAGNER. THE CRY FOR HELP WENT ON FOR 15 MINUTES, THEN STOPPED. SOUNDS LIKE WAGNER PUSHED OR FORCED HER OFF THE YACHT THEN WENT BACK INTO THE CABIN WHILST THE YELLING WAS GOING ON. THEN WHEN SHE DROWNED HE CAME OUT, UNTIED THE DINGY AND CONCOCTED THE LAME STORY ABOUT THE "ACCIDENT". JILL ST JOHN HAS LIVED WITH THIS DOUCHE BAG FOR NEARLY 30 YRS... SHE MUST HAVE HEARD SOMETHING ABOUT THIS INCIDENT. THERE'S NO WAY SHE WOULD NOT HAVE AN INKLING TO ASK. THE DIFFERENCE IS SHE'S STILL ALIVE. TRUTH!!

1037 days ago
90.

CN    

she was drunk and had pills in her.. Maybe She didnt feel 2 much pain.I hope she passed out and did not know a thing..I was driving and the radio news came on saying she had drowned..I felt sad..She was Young, pretty a Mom had a good life..BUT--She had a drinking problem and sleeping pill..Booze kills 2 many Young people 2 early

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