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HBO Is Working on a Documentary on Natalie Wood, the Hollywood Actress Who Died After Drowning

The film will explore the Hollywood icon's life through the eyes of her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner.
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Natasha Gregson Wagner, the daughter of Hollywood icon Natalie Wood, sees herself as the "shepherd" of her mother's legacy.

"I’m 46 [years old] now, and she died when she was 43," she told the Los Angeles Times in 2016. "So I feel like I’m her mom now in the way that I am shepherding her legacy out into the world the way a parent would take care of a child."

Now, she's behind a new documentary about Wood titled Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind, in which she hopes to tell the full story of her mother's life, not just the ending. Here's what we know about the project so far:

THE FILM WILL FOCUS ON THE ACTRESS'S LIFE AND CAREER, NOT JUST HER TRAGIC DEATH.

Wood's career as an actress, from her childhood role in Miracle on 34th Street to her performances in Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story, Gypsy, and Splendor in the Grass, is often eclipsed by the story of her tragic death in 1981 in which she mysteriously drowned during a boating trip with her husband and co-star Christopher Walken.

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Per Deadline, "The film will re-examine her personal and professional triumphs and challenges, which have often been overshadowed by her tragic death at age 43 when Gregson Wagner was only 11 years old."

THE DOCUMENTARY WILL REPORTEDLY FEATURE PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN FOOTAGE OF WOOD

Deadline reports the film will also include "photographs, diaries, letters and artifacts, as well as intimate interviews with her friends, family, co-stars and colleagues."

PRODUCTION HAS ALREADY STARTED ON THE PROJECT.

It is slated to premiere on HBO in 2020.

WOOD'S DAUGHTER, NATASHA GREGSON WAGNER, IS A PRODUCER OF THE PROJECT.

“I’m looking forward to working with HBO, Amblin Television and our director, Laurent Bouzereau, to create this unprecedented portrait of a woman who was an actress, a legend and ultimately, my mother,” she said in a statement.

Gregson Wagner previously told Town & Country that she enjoys introducing new generations to her mother.

"It does seem like she has a universal appeal: Each generation somehow finds their way back to that generation of Hollywood, whether it's because they become a lover of film or fall for a particular actress or a look from that time, but that time period seems to stand the test of time and it's ironic that my mom was such a big part of that time period. She was in five movies that have become classics, and was nominated for three Oscars before she was 25 years old," she said.

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"It's really nice for me to try and introduce her to generations that don't know her or that may be interested in her. That's been very joyful to me."

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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