A portrait of Hollywood actress Natalie Wood (1938-1981), painted by an unknown artist, showing the artist as she would have appeared in the1970's. The image shows a sultry Wood in her prime, staring at the viewer with her famous brown eyes. She is of course known for her roles in the films Miracle on 34th Street, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), West Side Story (1961) and Gypsy (1962), and she received Academy Award Best Actress nominations for her performances in Splendor in the Grass (1961) and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963). Her career continued with films such as Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969). Her career declined in the 1970's. Wood died under much-discussed mysterious circumstances on a boat off of Southern California's Catalina Island in 1981. Measurements are 30" by 24", unframed. The painting came from the Hollywood estate of Dorothy Kelly Valentine, a female pioneer in the talent agency business. As a result of careless storage, there is soiling especially at top left corner, some light scratches, a spot of paint loss in the nose, a small puncture at the top hairline, another in the cheek below and to the right of her lips. The issues could be easily addressed.
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