Lana Wood Bio, Biography
|Lana Wood (birth name Svetlana Gurdin ) was born on 1 March 1946. She is an American actress and film producer. She is best known for her role as Plenty O’Toole in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Her elder sister was film star Natalie Wood.|
|Born||Born Svetlana Gurdin on 1 March 1946Santa Monica, California, U.S.|
|Age||72 Years old as of 2018|
|Parents||Nikolai Stephanovich Zakharenko (1912– 1980) and Maria Stepanovna Zakharenko (née Zudilova, 1912– 1996).|
|Spouse(s)||Jack Wrather Jr. (m. 1962; annulled 1962)
Karl Brent (m. 1965; div. 1966)
Stephen Oliver (m. 1967; div. 1967)
Richard Smedley (m. 1973; div. 1975)
Allan Balter (m. 1978; deceased 1981)
|Children||Evan Smedley (with Smedley)|
|Family||Natalie Wood (sister)
Natasha Gregson Wagner (niece)
Courtney Brooke Wagner (niece)
Lana Wood Early Life
Lena Wood was born Svetlana Gurdin to Russian immigrant parents, Nikolai Stephanovich Zakharenko (1912– 1980) and Maria Stepanovna Zakharenko (née Zudilova, 1912– 1996). They had each left Russia as child refugees with their folks following the Russian Civil War and grew up in the US. Her father’s family left Vladivostok after her grandfather, a chocolate-factory worker who joined the anti-Bolshevik civilian forces, was killed in a street fight in 1918; they settled in Vancouver, British Columbia, at their relatives, they then moved to San Francisco. Lana’s maternal grandfather owned soap and candle factories in Barnaul; he also left Russia with his family in 1918 after his oldest child was executed by the Red Army, and settled in a Russian community in Harbin, China. Maria, her mother, wedded there, and in 1928 had a daughter, Olga Tatulova, with her first spouse who died in May 2015.
When Nikolai and Maria wedded, she brought her daughter, Olga to the household. The couple had two daughters together; the first was Natalia, known as “Natasha”, the Russian diminutive. The family settled in Santa Monica, California, close Hollywood, and changed their surname to Gurdin. Svetlana, known as “Lana”, was conceived there.
Her folks changed the surname of her senior sister, Natalie to “Wood”, after she began her acting profession as a child. She was named after Wood’s director Irving Pichel’s companion Sam Wood.
When Lana made her film debut in The Searchers (1956), her mother was asked under what last name Lana should be credited. Maria agreed to use “Wood” for Lana, building on Natalie’s recognised work.
Lana Wood Career
In her early career, Wood usually appeared in films in which Natalie was featured, In the early 1960s; her career took off. After appearing on the short-lived drama series The Long, Hot Summer, she landed the role of Sandy Webber on the soap series Peyton Place. Lana assumed the role from 1966– 67. In 1970, Wood was approached by Hugh Hefner and asked to pose for Playboy to which she agreed. The Playboy pictures showed up in the April 1971 issue, alongside Wood’s poetry. She was given a role as a Bond young girl, Plenty O’Toole, in the James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
Wood has more than 20 different movies and more than 300 TV series to her credit, including The Fugitive, Bonanza, Mission: Impossible, Police Story, Starsky & Hutch, Nero Wolfe, Fantasy Island, and Capitol. After appearing in the horror film Satan’s Mistress (1982), she retired from acting, concentrating on her career as a producer, but she has since returned to acting in some low-budget films since 2008. Lana is a character in the Steve Alten book Meg: Hell’s Aquarium (2009). Wood wrote a memoir, Natalie, A Memoir by Her Sister (1984). Wood composed a diary, Natalie, A Memoir by Her Sister (1984).
Lana Wood Husbands
- Jack Wrather Jr. – (m. 1962; annulled when she was 16 years old)
- Karl Brent – (m. 1965–1966; divorced)
- Stephen Oliver – (m. 1967; divorced)
- Richard Smedley – (m. 1973–1975; divorced); one child, Evan (August 11, 1974 – July 18, 2017), by whom she has three grandchildren.
- Allan Balter (m. 1978-81)
Lana Wood Claims that late Sister’s Natalia Wood Caught husband Robert Wagner cheating on her with a MAN
Lana Wood revealed that her late sister Natalie Wood first marriage to Robert ‘RJ’ Wagner ended after she caught him cheating on her with a man.
Lana Wood made the revelation in chapter three of Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood, saying that her starlet sister caught Wagner in the arms of another man in June of 1961.
The 12-part audio documentary provides a detailed look into Natalie’s life via exclusive interviews with Hollywood insiders who watched her blossom as a child star, rocket to full-fledged fame and ultimately meet an untimely death while on a yacht with Wagner and Christopher Walken. Natalie Wood died on 29 November 1981 in Santa Catalina Island, California, United States.
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