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Natalie Wood

Flowers at Her Grave

11/19/2011 5:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Natalie Wood Tombstone
With news the investigation into her death had been re-opened, a few fresh flowers and pennies were left yesterday at Natalie Wood's gravestone at Westwood Village Cemetery in Los Angeles.

The inscription reads, "Beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother & friend."

BTW, Marilyn Monroe is interred in the same cemetery, and Joe DiMaggio used to send flowers every day for years.

Westwood Village Cemetery in Los Angeles

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stu    

Dead wood floating!
Gotta say the stone & her gasket look cheap. Cheap=Robert!

1007 days ago
17.

gemini81    

WOW TMZ, you're really running with this. I stopped watching TMZ a long time ago because everyone employed there is a fcuking idiot, and I'm ready to stop coming here too.

1007 days ago
18.

Sue    

Seems like everyone who works at TMZ is a trainee of one sort or another. Will someone tell your photographers that when you take a photo o*****rave marker that you need to spray it down with water so the engraving will show up!! Maybe just maybe we would like to see what the inscription says for ourselves rather than having you tell us what it says. Max and guy bragging about degree need to shut up, their ignorance shows when they speak. But I guess that's the joke abou*****ching TMZ...you make fun of celebrities and we the viewers get to make fun of you!!! Hahahahahaha!!!

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en Todo Momento!!    

uh....from now on, whenever tmz emblazons their logo all over a photo 'exclusive' i gotta ask: and you are SURE? this is that woman's grave site?

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Raw Shoshanna    

2 things. For those saying that the grave marker looks cheap, Westwood Memorial Cemetery is a TINY cemetery & does not allow above ground markers for buried graves, and as for Marilyn Monroe's marble wall crypt, DiMaggio had roses delivered every Monday, not every day.

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Pegasus    

Witness Who Heard Natalie Wood Screaming Will Talk To DetectivesWitness Who Heard Natalie Wood Screaming Will Talk To Detectives
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Posted on Nov 19, 2011 @ 04:55PM print it send it By Radar Staff

A woman who heard screen siren Natalie Wood yelling for help on the night she died in 1981 has told RadarOnline.com that she will cooperate with law enforcement investigators who've reopened the mysterious case three decades later.

In an exclusive interview, Marilyn Wane said: "I have not yet spoken to the police, it hasn't come up. But I'd speak to any police that came to me to ask a question, for sure."

Wane is considered a sensational new "ear-witness" in the case. She was guest on an adjacent yacht, roughly 90 feet from the Splendour, the yacht on which Wood, 43, was cruising with husband Robert Wagner and actor Christophe Walken in 1981, just hours before her Thanksgiving weekend death.

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Wane said she heard, "This female voice yelling for help. 'Somebody help me, I'm drowning! Please somebody help me, I'm drowning'."

Wane never spoke to police, she admitted to RadarOnline.com from her Los Angeles home.

"I was never asked," she said, "and to be honest, I would have thought it (the case) would have been dead and buried after all this time, but I guess not.

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"Everything that happened has been widely reported. So I don't know why the case been reopened, now. I am not sure why this new interest has been aroused.

"Don't we have enough current crime that we have to go back 30 years? It's kind of unusual."

Wood was presumed drowned, according to authorities. They theorized that she accidentally fell overboard when apparently trying to secure a dinghy that was banging against the side of the yacht and keeping her awake.

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In a sudden twist, the captain of the boat on the night in question, Dennis Davern, has blamed Wagner for Wood's death.

When Davern was asked in a live television interview if Wagner, 81, was "responsible" for Wood's death, he said: “Yes, I would say so.”

He claimed Wagner had asked him not to take steps to find his wife.

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It was a matter of, “We're not going to look too hard, we're not going to turn on the search light, we're not going to notify anybody right at the moment," Davern told NBC's Today on Friday.

Asked at a news conference on Friday if Wagner was a suspect, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s lieutenant said point blank, "No."

The actor's spokesman has questioned Davern's motives since the captain has published a book about Wood's death.

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"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,” a statement read.

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22.

Jillian    

I've missed her for 30 years.

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23.

wenzy    

He is guilty as sin! I am amazed Natalie has such a simple grave in light of the kind of life she led.

1007 days ago
24.

David Kaliner    

Let's hope Natalie Wood remains in calmer waters now. I pray that justice is served if possibly there was intended foul play involved with her drowning those many years ago. She was a huge talent, and I certainly miss her. Ms. Wood appeared in several fine films. May she rest in peace.

1007 days ago
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tellmeaboutit     

Good gawd, tmz, keep your dunce slackers out of the cemetery, please!

1007 days ago
26.

Ozu    

I don’t know what was more infuriating about the last show I saw: the MORON that said the chick from Gone in 60 Seconds is bigger than Maria from West Side Story, or the MORON that said the women responsible for the hottest bikini moment of all time in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice was “not even that hot”

No, I got it. The most infuriating part of the show was the editing that mocked Harvey for acknowledging the towering force in cinema that is Natalie Wood.

1007 days ago
27.

chevy    

I wonder how often RW places flowers? Probably never.

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Pegasus    

Natalie Wood Could Have Been Saved: Secret Account From Never-Before-Interviewed Coast Guard WitnessNatalie Wood Could Have Been Saved: Secret Account From Never-Before-Interviewed Coast Guard Witness
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Posted on Nov 21, 2011 @ 01:45PM print it send it
WENNBy Dylan Howard,
Senior Executive Editor, Star Magazine

The Coast Guard captain who pulled screen siren Natalie Wood out of the water after she drowned 30 years ago has told homicide detectives that her life could have been saved, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

Roger Smith was the Supervising Rescue Boat Captain on Catalina Island, Calif., on November 29, 1981 -- the day the three-time Oscar nominated actress was found drowned.

He said he was never interviewed at the time cops were investigating Wood's death.

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In a sworn statement presented to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department, Smith said he got a call at 5:00am that fateful morning informing him that the West Side Story star had been missing from the yacht, Splendour, for several hours.

Smith wrote that if he had been contacted sooner, Wood could still be alive today.

In the declaration he authored in support of the dramatic re-opening of the case surrounding the actress’s death, Smith stated that he was left baffled why nothing was done sooner to find the starlet, who had gone missing around 11:00pm the night before.

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“I have always wondered about the delayed call for professional help to rescue Natalie Wood,” Smith said.

“Always regretting that I hadn't been called early enough as I believe there may have been a true chance of saving Natalie, as the condition of her body after being brought ashore suggested she may have floated alive for several hours.

“Her fingers were pliable, and her face and body not showing certain effects being deceased in an ocean for hours would normally incur.”

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Smith revealed that he was so upset by the incident that he even looked into how long Wood could have lasted in the sea off the California coast before getting aid.

“I did some research on how long someone like Natalie could survive in the water holding on to the inflatable boat” he said.

He was going by her then-husband Robert Wagner’s account that the actress had tried to secure the “banging dinghy” that was disturbing her sleep as it hit loudly against the boat and fell in the water while attempting the procedure.

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“It ended up to be 3.3 to 4.9 hours,” Smith said.

“Depending on her willingness to survive. That meant she was drifting with the boat being pushed by the wind and not being strong enough to pull herself back into the boat. She must have cried for help and no one could hear her that late at night with the wind blowing off shore.”

Wood was last seen by Wagner, now 81, around 11pm, but authorities were not notified until some six hours later.

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“The Baywatch Isthmus boat was equipped with all of the rescue equipment needed to find her, if we had been called,” Smith said.

He also described, in the declaration, the state of Wood's body when he pulled her onto deck of his rescue boat.

“She had a burgundy night gown with nothing underneath,” he recalled. “Her arms and fingers moved very easy as I removed her rings; she showed no signs of rigor mortis.”

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“She must have been hanging onto the safety line on the boat drifting out of the harbor for hours. Her eyes were still open so I closed them and covered her with a blanket.”

He claimed he was treated as the “fall guy” and was demoted from his position four months after the incident which he had held for 10 years.

Smith said he had fought against cutbacks to the service before Wood's death and warned his superiors that they were jeopardizing the possibility of loss of life outside of their mainly 9-to-5 operation.

“So the famous Natalie Wood is gone,” Smith told the cops, who reopened the cold case.

“She died because of politics and poor decision making on many peoples’ part, as she cried for help for hours that night.”

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