The truth about what really happened to beloved actress Natalie Wood on the night of her death is still one of Hollywood's biggest mysteries. Now, in an explosive new special, Investigation Discovery explores fact versus fiction with their world premiere of Natalie Wood: An American Murder Mystery, premiering Monday, April 16.
In the early morning hours of November 29, 1981, Wood, 43, vanished from the yacht of her actor husband, Robert Wagner, into the open waters off Catalina Island. Hours later, a search party found her body floating outside of a cavern.
The actress' cause of death was declared to be an accidental drowning, but there have been lingering questions and doubts ever since. After years of searching for clues, investigators reopened Wood's case in 2011. Following a dramatic new eyewitness testimony, Wagner himself was named a "person of interest" by the LA County Sheriff's Department.
"The suspicious death of Natalie Wood is one of those controversial cases that continues to resonate as one of Hollywood's greatest tragedies," said Henry Schleiff, Group President in a recent statement.
In the revealing special, ID retraces the events that led to that fretful 1981 night — from Wood's rise to fame to her tumultuous relationship with her famous beau — hoping to finally uncover what really caused her death.
In the upcoming docuseries, many of Wood's closest friends and family members — including her sister, Lana Wood, and hair dresser, Ginger Blymer — reveal their theories. The show also promises to show viewers a never-before-seen interview with Doug Oudin, who was the acting harbor master on the night Natalie Wood died.
Schleiff believes the clip will offer some sort of closure in the decades old mystery.
"There are still so many unanswered questions surrounding her death that we hope this special will, once and for all, provide some insight into what really happened that fateful night to Natalie Wood."
Natalie Wood: An American Murder Mystery premiers Monday, April 16 at 10/9c only on Investigation Discovery.
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