When Kirk Douglas passed away in 2020, at age 103, it was Natalie Wood’s name that trended along with his on Twitter. In 2018, Natalie’s more youthful sibling, Lana, declared on a podcast that 16- year-old Natalie had actually been raped by a “huge star” at the Chateau Marmont hotel. Rumors connecting Douglas to Natalie’s attack continued, however her supposed abuser had actually gone unnamed– previously.
” I bear in mind that Natalie looked particularly lovely when Mom and I dropped her off that night at the Chateau Marmont entryway,” Lana composes in her approaching narrative, Little Sister: My Investigation Into the Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood(out November 9), per the Associated Press According to the news outlet, Lana declares that Douglas raped Natalie in the summer season of 1955, around the time that both sis were recording The Searchers.
Their mom, Maria Zakharenko, had actually supposedly set up Natalie’s conference with Douglas, hoping that “numerous doors may be tossed open for her, with simply a nod of his popular, good-looking head on her behalf.” Lana, then about 8 years of ages, keeps in mind “it appeared like a very long time passed prior to Natalie returned into the vehicle and woke me up when she knocked the door shut.” She composes that Natalie “looked horrible,” including, “She was extremely disheveled and mad, and she and Mom began urgently whispering to each other. I could not actually hear them or construct out what they were stating. Something bad had actually obviously taken place to my sis, however whatever it was, I was obviously too young to be outlined it.”
According to Lana, she and Natalie never ever discussed what had actually taken place up until they were both grownups. It was at that point that Natalie detailed her rape, informing her sis, “And, uh … he harmed me Lana … It resembled an out-of-body experience. I was frightened, I was puzzled.” According to Lana, her sibling and mom had actually chosen that it would stain Natalie’s Hollywood standing to openly implicate Douglas. “Suck it up,” were Maria’s tips to her child, per Lana.
Douglas discusses Natalie in his 1988 narrative, The Ragman’s Son, detailing the night “a quite little lady using a suede coat hopped out” of a vehicle and went to him. “‘ Oh, Mr. Douglas, would you please sign my coat?'” he remembers her phrase, per the AP. “As I required, the female who was driving went out and presented her. ‘This is my child. She’s in films, too. Her name is Natalie Wood.’ That was the very first time I satisfied Natalie. I saw her sometimes later, prior to she passed away because terrible mishap.”
The mystical death of Natalie Wood has actually pestered popular culture– and authorities– for 4 years. In 1981, Natalie drowned off Catalina Island after going missing out on from the private yacht she showed her other half, Robert Wagner. Suspicions surrounding the situations of Natalie’s drowning call into question the way of her death, triggering the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to resume its examination in2011 Natalie’s cause of death was later on altered by the coroner to “drowning and other undetermined aspects.” By 2018, Wagner was called an individual of interest by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Lana herself has openly questioned Wagner’s possible participation. (Wagner has long rejected any misdeed in his partner’s death.)
In the past, Lana has actually protected Natalie’s trick from the world. Now that Douglas and Natalie have both passed away, she thinks the time is now to share it. “With no one still around to secure, I’m sure she’ll forgive me for lastly breaking that pledge,” Lana composes. Kirk’s child, Michael Douglas, reacted to the accusation in a declaration to the AP: “May they both rest in peace.”
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