San Francisco Welcomes Immigrants

San Francisco has welcomed visitors and immigrants from the time the City was founded. That is how Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko, whose parents were Russian, was born in San Francisco in 1938. Of course, you might know her as Natalie Wood.

Summer has always been blockbuster movie time. On July 1, 1965, “The Great Race” was released starring Natalie Wood along with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis. This was a slapstick comedy and a departure from her dramatic part in “West Side Story” and her Oscar nominated role in “Splendor in the Grass.”

Here is the trailer:

Natalie was a child star and received three Academy Award nominations by the time she was 25 years old. Here is a mini-biography:

Natalie died on November 29,1981, at the age of 43, from drowning after a night on her yacht “The Splendour.” It was well known at the time that she was afraid of the water. The incident was originally classified as “accidental drowning.” The case was reopened in 2011. It was reclassified as “drowning and other undetermined factors.” Her elder half-sister still lives in wine country, north of San Francisco. On July 20, Natalie would have been 77 years old.