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Natalie Wood's Daughter: 'I Have My Answers'

| by Michael Doherty
Natalie Wood with Tab Hunter in 1956.Natalie Wood with Tab Hunter in 1956.

A new interview with the daughter of actress Natalie Wood has revealed what the late star's child thinks really happened to her mother.

"I think it was an accident," said Natasha Gregson Wagner, during an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" that touched on the topic of her mother, reports the Daily Mail. "I have my answers. I don't spend any time actually thinking about that."

"I feel sad that I don't have my mom and my younger sister doesn't have my mom," Gregson Wagner said. "And my daughter doesn't have her grandma."

Wood, who was known for her roles in movies including "Miracle on 34th Street" and "West Side Story," drowned off the coast of California in 1981, in a death that was originally declared an accident. Police reopened the investigation in 2011, in light of a claim by Dennis Davern, the captain of the yacht Wood fell from, who said that he had lied to authorities during the initial investigation.

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A review of Wood's original autopsy a year after the case had been reopened revealed evidence that Wood may have been assaulted before she drowned, according to Jezebel. The evidence revealed by the autopsy also suggested Wood was unconscious before her body entered the water.

In Davern's book, "Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour," he revealed he had witnessed an altercation between Wood and her husband, actor Robert Wagner, shortly before the actress' death, and that after she went missing, Wagner refused to allow Davern to call the Coast Guard.

"Oh, I know he didn't," said Gregson Wagner when asked if her stepfather could have killed Wood.

"He's been my protector. He's been my mom and my dad. He's worked so nicely with my real father. They've been so great, you know, co-parenting me," she said of Wagner.

Responding to the claims that Davern made in his book, Gregson Wagner told the hosts, "He is somebody that I cant even dignify with a response because he's so undignified."

Wagner has said he did not have anything to do with Wood's death, though he has said he feels responsible for not looking after her.

Source: Daily Mail, Jezebel / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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