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Also Known As: Natasha Gregson, Natasha Wagner Died:
Born: September 29, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor

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In therapy since her mother Natalie Wood's tragic death when she was 11, seemingly cute-as-a-button Natasha Gregson Wagner has opted for complicated female characters in dark, offbeat films because they are "more like myself." The daughter of producer-writer Richard Gregson and adopted daughter of actor Robert Wagner, the lovely dark-haired actress brings to mind her mother at a similar age. She made her feature debut in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992) and has also appeared in "Fathers and Sons" (1994), her then-boyfriend Josh Evans' directorial debut "Inside the Goldmine" (1994))--she would later appear in Evan's grim noir "Glam" (2001)--and "High School High" (1996). In David Lynch's "Lost Highway" (1997), she breathed life into Sheila, the two-timed girlfriend of Balthazar Getty, and in a more central role in James Toback's "Two Girls and Guys" (1998) played the scrappy, streetwise Lou, giving a performance that was magnetic and interesting in a picture that didn't quite deliver on its potential as a great sex farce. She followed an even more advernturously sexual role, frequently minus any clothing, in the unusual "First Love, Last Rites" (1997) opposite Giovanni Ribisi as a couple who spends...

In therapy since her mother Natalie Wood's tragic death when she was 11, seemingly cute-as-a-button Natasha Gregson Wagner has opted for complicated female characters in dark, offbeat films because they are "more like myself." The daughter of producer-writer Richard Gregson and adopted daughter of actor Robert Wagner, the lovely dark-haired actress brings to mind her mother at a similar age. She made her feature debut in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1992) and has also appeared in "Fathers and Sons" (1994), her then-boyfriend Josh Evans' directorial debut "Inside the Goldmine" (1994))--she would later appear in Evan's grim noir "Glam" (2001)--and "High School High" (1996). In David Lynch's "Lost Highway" (1997), she breathed life into Sheila, the two-timed girlfriend of Balthazar Getty, and in a more central role in James Toback's "Two Girls and Guys" (1998) played the scrappy, streetwise Lou, giving a performance that was magnetic and interesting in a picture that didn't quite deliver on its potential as a great sex farce. She followed an even more advernturously sexual role, frequently minus any clothing, in the unusual "First Love, Last Rites" (1997) opposite Giovanni Ribisi as a couple who spends much of the film either talking endlessly about their relationship or engaging in sex.

After well-received roles in indie features such as writer-director George Hickenlooper's "Dogtown" and "Another Day in Paradise" (1998)--where she played the distaff half of a young couple of drug addicts/theives taken under the wings of more experienced operators (James Woods and Melanie Griffith), Wagner went mainstream with supporting turns in such films as a college student-slasher victim in the "Scream"-inspired horror flick "Urban Legends" (1998), as Hugh Hefner's ill-fated assistant Bobbie Arnstein in the TV biopic "Hefner Unauthorized" (1999), in the little-seen thriller "Stranger Than Fiction" (1999), as one of John Cusack's many bedeviling women in "High Fidelity" (2000), and the John Carpenter-produced horror sequel "Vampires: Los Muertos" (2002), as well as Tv spots as a regular on the Mike White-penned, short-lived soap opera "Pasadena" (Fox, 2001) and the equally brief small screen version of Jake Kasdan's "The Zero Effect" (2002) .

Wagner would continue to land leading roles in avant garde indies such as "Wishing Time" (2003) as well as appearing in the ensembles of films such as "Wonderland" (2003), the dazzling but unsatisfying depiction of Los Angeles' real life Wonderland Avenue murders of 1981 which involved porn legend John Holmes; Wagner played a small but winning part as Barbara Richardson, arguably the most innocent of the four murder victims.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Medicine Show, The (2003) Lynn Piegi
4.
 Gray In Between, The (2003) Julie
5.
 Wonderland (2003) Barbara Richardson
6.
 Sol Goode (2002) Brenda
7.
 High Fidelity (2000) Caroline [Fortis]
8.
 Play it to the Bone (1999) Herself--Ringside Fan
9.
 Hefner Unauthorized (1999) Bobbie Arnstein
10.
 Revenant (1998) Nico
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1981:
Mother Natalie Wood died tragically off Cantalina Island when Natasha was 11 years old
1992:
Feature debut in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
1994:
Appeared in then-boyfriend Josh Evans' directorial debut, "Inside the Goldmine"
1997:
Made strong impression as Sheila, the two-timed girlfriend of Balthazar Getty, in David Lynch's "Lost Highway"
1997:
Acted in former offscreen companion Josh Evans' film "Glam"
1998:
Played scrappy, streetwise Lou in "Two Girls and a Guy" with Heather Graham and Robert Downey Jr
1998:
Starred opposite Giovanni Ribisi in the turgid "First Love, Last Rites"
1998:
Gave a strong performance as a junkie in "Another Day in Paradise"
2000:
Appeared in "High Fidelity"
2001:
Had co-starring role in the Fox fall primetime serial "Pasadena"; Balthazar Getty played her brother on the series
2002:
Appeared in "John Carpenter's Vampires: Los Muertos"
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Education

Emerson College: Boston , Massachusetts -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: Los Angeles , California -
Crossroads Academy: Santa Monica , California -

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