Probe into actress’s death

Natalie Wood as she appeared in the Oscar-winning musical West Side Story.

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BY BILLY SUTER      

IF YOU are a fan of actress Natalie Wood, star of the film versions of the hit musicals West Side Story and Gypsy, make a point of catching Natalie Wood: A Hollywood Murder Mystery on DStv’s Discovery ID (channel 171).

The documentary, probing the death of the actress, will have its first screening  at 9pm today ( June 5), while other screenings this week are scheduled for midnight on Thursday (June 7) and 10.50pm on Saturday (June 9).

Wood disappeared, on a cold November night, from the yacht she was staying on with her husband, actor Robert Wagner. But what happened to her that she vanished into the open waters off Catalina Island without a trace.

Hours later, a search party found Wood’s body floating outside of a cavern and drowning was listed as the cause of death. Police spaing into action but had little information about the moments before she disappeared.

Retracing the events that led to the fateful night, investigators held exclusive interviews with those who were close to Wood, including family members and colleagues, to try to uncover the truth.

With so many unanswered questions surrounding Wood’s death, the case is becoming more intense as experts, historians and journalists who followed the case from the very beginning give their perspective as to what might have happened. Will the clues and opinions shed some light into the investigation?


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