Picked up Suzanne Finstad’s ‘Natasha’ her biography of Natalie Wood at the library dump shelf for .25c. Which was a real find because I always intended to read this. Not your standard Hollywood bio, much more substantive and Finstad never gossips, even as she doesn’t shrink from any subject. It also has one of the most ruthless and fascinating stage mother (in this case movie mother) stories in it. Natalie’s mother, a Russia-China border 20s emigreee, makes Gypsy’s mother look like Donna Reed.

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