Producer
Director
Annette Baumeister
Producer
16:9
Genre
Doku-Reihe
Broadcaster
arte
Length
1 x 52'
Editor
Year
2014
TOO young TO DIE
Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood was a child star before the age of casting shows. But she managed to transform herself into a serious actress, winning awards and receiving nominations for the Oscar, the most coveted film trophy of all. And she takes a prophecy from a fortune teller with her on her life's journey, predicting her death in "dark, deep waters". And indeed, what really happened aboard the "Splendour" on the Thanksgiving weekend of 1981 still gives rise to wild speculation today. Only one thing is certain: that night Natalie Wood fell into the sea off the Californian coast near Santa Catalina Island and drowned.

The early death of great stars has always had the makings of a myth. Some see the gods at work who loved someone too much, others murmur about unexplained circumstances of death, a too intense life or deliberate self-destruction. In the end, we are left with the image of an unfulfilled life that still had so many possibilities. In the age of the media, the death of a star is always also a public event that can be marketed as long as the tabloid's hunger for sensation continues and the images have burned themselves into the pop-cultural consciousness. The documentaries in the series "Too Young to Die" show the people behind the respective myth and report on their successes and early fame, despair and tragedy.

TOO young TO DIE: Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood was a child star before the age of casting shows. But she managed to transform herself into a serious actress, winning awards and receiving nominations for the Oscar, the most coveted film trophy of all. And she takes a prophecy from a fortune teller with her on her life's journey, predicting her death in "dark, deep waters". And indeed, what really happened aboard the "Splendour" on the Thanksgiving weekend of 1981 still gives rise to wild speculation today. Only one thing is certain: that night Natalie Wood fell into the sea off the Californian coast near Santa Catalina Island and drowned.

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