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West Side Story's Russ Tamblyn Still Believes There Is 'More to the Story' of Costar Natalie Wood's Drowning

In his new memoir 'Dancing on the Edge,' Russ Tamblyn recalls his friendship with Natalie Wood, her first marriage to Robert Wagner and her death

As the actor and retired acrobatic dancer writes in his newly released memoir, Dancing on the Edge, he was "shocked" to learn of the November 1981 "tragedy" in which Wood mysteriously drowned at age 43. Tamblyn said that while he and Wood "hadn't kept in close touch" after he left Hollywood for a time to focus on fine arts in Topanga Canyon, "she had remained like a sister to me" since they'd starred together in West Side Story 20 years earlier. During that time, in the early '60s, Tamblyn said he and a "melancholy" Wood took a walk on the beach after she had split from then-husband Robert "RJ" Wagner.

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