Photos: Actress Natalie Wood’s Death Remains Mystery Nearly Four Decades Later

Amid renewed interest in the mysterious death of Natalie Wood, we take a look back at the Oscar-nominated actress's life and death.

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Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner. (1980)(AP Photo)
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This Jan. 17, 1979 file photo shows actress Natalie Wood. Investigators are now calling 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner a "person of interest" in the 1981 death of his wife Natalie Wood. Mystery has swirled around Wood's death. It was declared an accident but police reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role.
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Actress Natalie Wood drinks milk while lunching with her mother, Maria Gurdin, at the Cafe de Paris in Hollywood, Calif., on May 5, 1949. Wood was working on the movie "Father Was a Fullback."
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Actress Natalie Wood poses with her pet poodle Fifi at a Hollywood studio on Oct. 28, 1955.
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Actor Tab Hunter, left, and actress Natalie Wood arrive at the 1955 Annual Academy Awards presentations at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Ca., on March 21, 1956. Wood was nominated for her role in "Rebel Without a Cause" for actress in a supporting role.
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Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, a husband-and-wife team in real life, perform as lovers in "All the Young Cannibals," on Dec. 7, 1959.
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Natalie Wood's wedding to British film producer Richard Gregson, 1969.
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Actor Robert Wagner and former wife Natalie Wood, on board the Queen Elizabeth II in April 1972, after a hectic storm at sea, where they announced that they would re-marry.
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In this April 23, 1972, file photo, actor Robert Wagner and his former wife, actress Natalie Wood, pose at the Dorchester Hotel in London, England. Investigators are now calling Wagner a "person of interest" in the 1981 death of his wife Natalie Wood. Mystery has swirled around Wood's death. It was declared an accident but police reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role.
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Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood are shown arriving for the 50th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, April 3, 1978.
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Actors Yul Brynner and Natalie Wood presented Oscars to Best Foreign Language Film for "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs" at the Academy Awards presentation in Los Angeles, April 9, 1979.
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Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner in 1980.
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Actor Robert Wagner reaches for a flower off the bouquet-draped casket of his wife Natalie Wood, during services Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1981, at Westwood Memorial Park. The 43-year-old actress was an apparent drowning victim off the coast of Santa Cataline Island that weekend.
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Flower bedecked grave of actress Natalie Wood on Monday, May 31, 1982, at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
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Actor Robert Wagner holds the hand of Maria Gurdin, mother of the late Natalie Wood, during ceremonies on Sunday, Feb. 1, 1987 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, honoring the late actress with a star on the Walk of Fame. Behind them are his daughter Katie, 22 (left), Miss Wood's daughter Natasha Gregson, 16 (center) and Wagner and Miss Wood's daughter Courtney Wagner, 12. The ceremony began a day in which the film capital celebrated its 100th birthday.
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