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10 Stars Who Died During the Filming of a Movie


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Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner at a Los Angeles event in 1959, a little more than a year after their first marriage.
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner at a Los Angeles event in 1959, a little more than a year after their first marriage.
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In 2011, three decades after actress Natalie Wood drowned while boating with her then-husband Robert Wagner and fellow actor Christopher Walken, the Los Angeles County sheriff's department reopened the case.

Wood, the star of films including "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Splendor in the Grass," was at the time of her death filming the movie "Brainstorm" opposite Walken. On Nov. 29, 1981, he accompanied the married couple on a late night yacht cruise off the coast of Southern California and, in the hours before dawn, Woods and Wagner argued, she went overboard and -- unable to swim -- Woods drowned.

After her death, producers struggled to secure funding for "Brainstorm." When it did hit theaters, the movie didn't attract moviegoers. The movie's director, Douglas Trumbull -- known for his special-effects work on "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" -- immediately retired [source: Leopold]. Throughout the years, speculation continued to swirl around the circumstances of Wood's death. The case was reopened in 2011, when the man who had captained the yacht that night came forward to reveal that Wagner and Walken had attempted to cover up Wood's death.