The magnetic star of Rebel without a Cause and West Side Story, Natalie Wood is a Hollywood icon whose tragic death under mysterious circumstances cast a shadow over her legendary career and set off a frenzy of tabloid speculation that continues to this day, nearly forty years later. Now, for the first time, Natalie’s beloved oldest daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner cuts through the rumors and allegations and brings us the perspective of those closest to Natalie.
More Than Love: An Intimate Portrait of My Mother, Natalie Wood, is a daughter’s beautiful and moving account of a mother’s extraordinary love, and a daughter’s heartbreaking loss. It opens on the morning of November 29, 1981, when 11-year-old Natasha, on a sleepover at a friend’s house, heard the news that her mother’s body had been found off the coast of Catalina, where Natalie and her husband Robert Wagner had gone sailing for the weekend on their boat The Splendour. Here Natasha grapples with this profound loss, which forever split her life into before and after, and draws the curtain back on her mother’s life — from her early days as a child star through her remarkable career to her vibrant role as a loving wife and mother — to show the woman behind the headlines.
As Hope Edelman, the author of Motherless Daughters, writes: “A mother’s death is a loss that changes a daughter forever. In More Than Love, Natasha Gregson Wagner shows us how it’s possible to carry memories forward with compassion and grace. Her book is a beautiful testimony to the enduring nature of a mother’s love.”
“In More Than Love, Natasha Gregson Wagner brings to life her extraordinarily talented and devoted movie-star mother, Natalie Wood, their magical life before Natalie’s tragic drowning when Natasha was eleven, and Natasha’s struggle to grow up after. The book is moving, powerful, and so honest. Natasha Gregson Wagner is a bright life force as was her mother.” — Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa