(FiveNation.com)- There has been a longstanding Hollywood rumor that the late actress Natalie Wood was sexually assaulted as a teen by a much older actor at a Los Angeles hotel. And according to Wood’s younger sister, Lana, that older actor was silver screen icon, Kirk Douglas.
In her upcoming memoir “Little Sister: My Investigation into the Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood,” Lana revealed explosive details about this alleged incident.
Lana Wood, 75, writes in her book that her sister shared the details with her years later.
The alleged incident occurred in the summer of 1955 at LA’s famous Chateau Marmont. Natalie’s mother Maria Zakharenko had arranged a meeting between her teenage daughter and Kirk Douglas, who was in his late thirties at the time. Zakharenko hoped that just a nod from Douglas would open doors for Natalie’s budding career.
But when Natalie returned to the car after the encounter, 8-year-old Lana knew something wasn’t right. Lana writes that Natalie “looked awful.” She was disheveled and upset. Both Natalie and her mother “started urgently whispering to each other.” Though Lana couldn’t hear what they were saying, she knew “something bad” had happened to her sister.
Later, when they were both adults, Natalie finally told Lana what happened in the Chateau Marmont.
According to Lana’s account, Natalie said Douglas took her into his hotel suite where “he hurt me, Lana.” Natalie told her she was confused and terrified. But after the incident, both Natalie and her mother decided never to publicly discuss it.
With both Douglas and her sister dead, Lana writes, there is no one left to protect.
The rumors about Natalie Wood and Kirk Douglas weren’t exactly unknown before Lana’s book. When Douglas died in 2020 at the age of 103, it was Natalie Wood’s name that trended alongside his on Twitter.
In his memoir “The Ragman’s Son,” released in 1988, Douglas mentions that he first met Natalie Wood when he was driving home one night. While stopped at a red light “a pretty little girl” jumped out of the car in front of him and asked Douglas to autograph her jacket. As he did, Wood’s mother got out of the car as well and introduced Douglas to her daughter saying, “She’s in the movies too. Her name is Natalie Wood.” Douglas wrote that he saw Natalie “many times” after that.