Natalie Wood's death investigated again 30 years on

Friday November 18, 2011

US detectives have reopened their investigation of Natalie Wood's death nearly 30 years after the star drowned in the waters off Southern California.

The renewed look at the actress' November 29 death in 1981 comes after detectives received new information about the case, LA County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

No additional details were provided, but a detective planned to hold a news conference on Friday, and anyone with information about the case was being asked to contact sheriff's officials. 

The screen star drowned after a night of partying with husband Robert Wagner and Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken on the couple's yacht anchored off Santa Catalina Island.

Her death was ruled an accident and it was determined that she had been drinking beforehand.

A dinghy that had been attached to the couple's yacht, Splendor, was found in a Catalina cove.

Natalie, a three-time Oscar nominee famous for roles in West Side Story, Rebel Without A Cause and other Hollywood hits, was 43 when she died.

The case has become one of Hollywood's most alluring mysteries.

Photo: © Getty

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