Was it really Kirk Douglas who raped her?? I knew about the rape, but I never heard who did it.
Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club and the "We Believe in Ricky" Club
The biggest problem with that case was that it was initially treated as a missing person, so tons of people were allowed to wander all through the house, handle potential evidence, talk to each other etc. That, and the father moving the body. Later politics between different agencies and people certainly didn't help, but even the world's best investigator was going to have a challenge with that one.
Back to Natalie, y'all!
Hm. Wagner's on NCIS again this week (he plays Dinozzo's father-casting gag as Mike Weatherly met the producer of NCIS while Weather was playing Wagner in "The Natalie Wood Story") and...he's suspected of murder. Yeah, dead guy in the trunk instead of dead wife in a thirty-year-old cold case, but still.
The details of her death were always rather murky, and I've heard various stories about her tempestuous relationship with Wagner, Beatty and others. I didn't know that she was actually dating Beatty while married to Wagner - that's news to me. But she was no saint. Neither were any of the parties involved. After the OJ and Robert Blake fiascos, nothing in Hollywood surprises me anymore.
But I have heard the story about Kirk's alleged rape of Natalie. She was neither his first nor last victim from what I understand. Horrible, vile jerk of a man, and the fruit hasn't really fallen that far from the tree.
Hmm.. So the Captain didn't feel the need to come forward at the time? But now a book that few would have purchased will get lots more attention.
Not excusing Wagner if this is true, but really...
Is there a reason that they need a press conference to announce they've reopened the case? Couldn't that wait until after they decide whether or not to press charges ?
"The Devil is joining in, and that's never a good sign." Phil Liggett
It's Hollywood - it's what they do.
3539 and counting.
Slightly Wounding Banana list cont: MacMadame.
Ironic that Splendour in the Grass will be showcased on TCM's The Essentials tomorrow night...
Next year marks the same for "Gypsy". Natalie was so wonderful in that - I have read that Gypsy Rose Lee cried watching Natalie perform during the theater striptease numbers because she was so good at capturing GRL's essence.
"Skating fans are not a patient bunch." Dragonlady
There can be nothing new after 30 yrs. If the captain really knew something that would make it murder he should be charged with assessory after the fact. And if Natalie was screaming, why didn't he help her? And why wait until now to come forward? All these reality type millionaires probably inspired him. At least he will make money on the talk show circuit.
But what really gets me the most about this movie was all the things left unsaid. The tension is just epic. I don't even think this screenplay could get made today. Producers would want to show the sex and violence, but it was so much more powerful to show the impact of it.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds