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This best-selling book is the most intimate possible remembrance of Natalie Wood's tempestuous life and tragic death. A book that only Natalie Wood's sister could have written - a warm but unflinchingly candid account of a great star's passionate love affairs, violent fights, stormy marriages, bitter divorces, and of her controversial death by drowning at the age of forty-This best-selling book is the most intimate possible remembrance of Natalie Wood's tempestuous life and tragic death. A book that only Natalie Wood's sister could have written - a warm but unflinchingly candid account of a great star's passionate love affairs, violent fights, stormy marriages, bitter divorces, and of her controversial death by drowning at the age of forty-three, stunning a nation that adored her....

Title : Natalie Wood: a memoir by her sister
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ISBN : 13132310
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Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Natalie Wood: a memoir by her sister Reviews

  • Natylie Baldwin
    2019-04-15 00:54

    I picked this up several years ago thinking it would be about Natalie from an interesting family perspective. While there were some interesting anecdotes from their childhood, including some insights into their typically narcissistic stage mother, it ultimately seemed to be more of a vehicle for Lana to detail her sexual escapades around Hollywood while trying to become an actress. Coming from such a dysfunctional family, I do have some empathy for both sisters, but in Lana's case, I also couldn't help wondering why it apparently never occurred to her to leave her clothes on long enough to put some actual effort into her craft, instead of expecting to get somewhere simply because she was Natalie's sister. This book, unfortunately, seems to be an extension of that thinking. In short, if you don't mind wading through Lana's rather trashy and uninspired life to get the few interesting tidbits on Natalie, then go ahead and read this as a supplement to one of the better quality biographies of Natalie.

  • Roberta
    2019-04-04 04:58

    Memoir of her sister, my a$$. This is a thinly disguised autobiography of the overshadowed, less-talented sister who knows no one would buy her biography so she pawns it off as her sister's story. What a dysfunctional family - lots of drugs, alcohol, fighting, and sleeping around.

  • Merriam
    2019-04-02 07:05

    If it was a whole lot less about Lana, this book would undeniably be better. However, Lana simply isn't in a position to write a good biography about Natalie Wood. Everything about this book suggests that she was an outsider. She even make you feel like an outsider because of her viewpoint. Maybe if she had spent some time digging a little deeper into Natalie's life, she would have written a better book, but as it is...well, it's worth the read and it does have some interesting stories. It's sad that that should be the best that can be said about it because someone who knew Natalie could have added a personal touch to a proper, full-length biography, but all you get here is Lana's slightly biased remembrances. It could have been so much better.

  • Sheri
    2019-04-08 03:05

    I was rather disappointed in this book. I'm not saying everything about it was bad, but throughout its entirety, Lana Wood writes too much about HERSELF. It's almost like she wrote the book so she could sell the story of her own life. The thing is, no one cares. There were some interesting facts about Natalie, just not what you'd expect from a biography supposedly about her. I gave it 3 stars because there was enough good information about Natalie to deserve this, but I think I would definitely read a biography about her by a different author next time!

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-16 04:53

    I'm friends with Lana, so I got it from her to read. It's the only one of any that are out there that give a real story of a real girl who happened to be a movie star as told by her sister.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-30 02:48

    I believe Lana had good intentions when writing this book, but it ended up being all about herself and her affairs. If you are debating on whether or not to read this, read it for the special memories she recalls, for her point-of-view on specific events in Natalie's life, and for the photographs.

  • Martha
    2019-04-24 03:53

    I finished this book this morning after reading on it for a few days. There are actually a few books on Natalie so it was very hard to pick which to read. I think Lana did a wonderful job on this book, however there are a few things that have been discussed in other books that she didn't even mention. Does that mean Lana wanted them left out? Or that they never happened? I am going to read another book on Natalie now; Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour. I found her death to be questionable, how Lana didn't think so, or wouldn't admit it I'm not sure. I believe that is why she was so angry, but she didn't have a confrontational bone in her body.

  • Jeaninne Escallier Kato
    2019-04-21 02:50

    I had high school students who wrote better than Lana Wood, but as a child I revered Natalie Wood. I must say, Lana certainly made the read worthwhile because she did have an inside look into her famous sister's life. I appreciated her candor and her love for her sister.

  • Erika
    2019-03-27 06:07

    Lana Wood writes about her famous sister and her own tumultuous life with candor and emotion. An intimate look into the tragically shortened life of a much beloved star. Includes many studio and personal photos. A must-read for fans of the Wood sisters!

  • Michael Goth
    2019-04-13 00:07

    Lana Wood's touching memoir if her late sister Natalie. This is not so much a biography as the story of a special bond between two sisters.

  • JoAnn Bell
    2019-04-13 03:08

    Natalie was one of my favorite actresses growing up. I have had this book on my shelf for years, and just now took it down to read it. Reading from her sister's perspective, I got an interesting peak into the life of Natalie and her sister. It was quite eye opening to see how lives of someone so beautiful and talented could be so controlled and constantly seeking. It was an unexpected bonus to learn more of Natalie's sister and author of the book as well. It would be interesting to read a biography now on Robert Wagner who was one of my favorite television actors through my later years to see if any of the questions Lana brought up are answered.

  • Gemma
    2019-04-14 00:09

    A biography written by someone's sister would make you think that there was going to be depth. However, this book just skips along the top of things and sometimes is just so vague that I would wonder what the point of the anecdote was at all. On one hand there is so much repetition that it drives you to distraction while on the other, there are inconsistencies on one page. Lana Wood clearly has issues with her life and maybe this book helped her to come through the other side but it doesn't add anything to the public story of Natalie.

  • Sophie Strand
    2019-03-27 00:52

    This is a wonderful and fascinating look into Natalie Wood's life and the details of her mysterious death. Lana Wood, her sister, writes frankly and sincerely about all aspects of Natalie's life and goes into great detail about everything. I loved reading about her affairs with Warren Beatty and other leading men and of course, her 2 marriages to Robert Wagner. Surprisingly, Lana Wood herself is a fascinating character and she strikes a great balance between revealing lots of details about Natalie while sharing some of her own fascinating life.

  • Allen
    2019-04-06 03:11

    This was a short, interesting read. Well worth the time, but it was mostly about LanA Wood. That is OK, but I really wanted to know more about Natalie. I did find out some very interesting things along the way (Sean Connery)as Lana Wood was one of the Bond Girls in Diamonds Are Forever! See, some nice info here you didn't know you'd find.The tragic death of Natalie is also described in the back of the book. Seems everyone that was there when it happened have kept their mouths very closed shut about it. Case closed.

  • Pam Herrmann
    2019-03-30 05:10

    Hmmm. A Memoir about Natalie Wood by her sister Lana. More likely a book about Lana trying to be just like her sister or maybe even better than her sister. Their mom was not a very good role model and Natalie could do nothing wrong in her eyes. Both girls had major relationship issues including both sleeping with the same guys. Lana portrayed Natalie as very controlling and mean spirited. I wonder if the theory of her being drunk and possibly on medication and falling overboard is really how her death happened.

  • Bonni Sweet
    2019-04-03 03:48

    I have read a lot of book on Natalie Wood and I believe this one is one of the best .Her sister has first hand knowledge of a lot of events that happened her her life and she did share a life with her. I'm not saying that maybe some of it wasn't exageratated, all books are I think to a point, but I think that there is something to be said about growing up in a household with the person that you have written about. Facts, dreams, etc that may be just a little more in detail because you are so close to the drama.

  • Althea
    2019-04-21 03:50

    I chose this book after reading Robert Wagner's autobiogrpahy. I wanted to find out if Natalie Wood was as she was portrayed by him. Her sister's book is just as complimentary to Natalie; however, there's a certain animosity in Lana's book toward RJ and in RJ's book toward Lana. Now, I'm going to read a book by the captain of RJ and Natalie's boat Splendour supposedly telling the true story of what happened on the boat the night Natalie died.

  • Katie
    2019-04-26 01:17

    This book is supposedly a biography of Natalie Wood written by her sister, Lana. What it actually is is Lana's memoir with Natalie's picture on the front. I didn't hate it because it was actually interesting, and there of course were stories about Natalie in the book. But it wasn't really what I was looking for when I picked it up. As a sidenote-- her editor should be shot. This book is not well written at all. But I guess that's what you get when a movie/tv actress writes a book...

  • Sarah
    2019-04-09 07:02

    I enjoyed the stories of the sisters growing up, but agree with several other reviewers that Lana shares/ hogs a lot of space within the book itself. It also gives no detail or follow up about the accident which claimed Natalie' s life. I tend to believe there is more to the story than meets the eye.

  • Lesley
    2019-04-18 08:09

    I grew up watching most of the Natalie wood movies and remember I got this book at the time I was in one of those mail book clubs. I was so excited to read this then when done so disappointed. I learned more about Lana than I did about Natalie. Title should have been called Lana, a memoir about the sister of Natalie Wood. I guess no one would read it then!

  • Sherry
    2019-04-13 05:02

    A guilty read. Like I really need to know about the sordid lives of celebrities. And this one's written by the 'sister-who-never-made-it-big' sister of a well known celeb. was interesting. Sounded like Lana was trying to explain away too many things. Whatever. It was on my mom's book shelf. I had time to burn.

  • Beyourself17
    2019-04-16 01:03

    i find it interesting to read about other peoples lives. I was surprised to read how co-dependant and competitive these two sisters were. I thought the book would be more about Natalie but I felt that Lana focused more on herself. It was a bit disappointing but I bought it for .50 cents at a cute little coffee shop in Boissivain Mb so how can I really complain :)

  • Mira
    2019-04-10 00:49

    What is with people writing hateful books about their family members? So disgusting. The worst thing about this book is perhaps the fact that it was published only a year after Natalie's tragic death.

  • Linda Dolan
    2019-04-18 03:16

    A Personal, poignant, and sensitive memoir Lana Wood has written an engrossing and very personal story of Natalie Wood and her rise to stardom without focusing on her own legitimate struggles growing up as the sister of one of Hollywood's greatest stars.

  • Mindy
    2019-04-27 02:50

    I have re-read this book on and off for years. I found it interesting because it was from her sister's point of view. I wish it was less about Lana's life though, but I realize there was a great deal of her life without Natalie due to thier estrangement.

  • Margaret Bugeja
    2019-04-05 03:57

    As Natalie's sister Lana provided us with insights that only she could recall. Natalie's progression from child actress to adult star was recounted along with her colorful lovelife. A must for fans of this wonderful actress.

  • Lori Nemitz
    2019-03-30 04:57

    Read between July and December 1987.

  • Linda
    2019-04-12 03:57

    Lana's memories of her sister.

  • Marilyn
    2019-04-25 04:17

    A lot of this was Lana's story.

  • John
    2019-04-26 01:08

    Rated: D