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|Also Known As:||Svetlana Nikolaevna Gurdin||Died:|
|Born:||March 1, 1946||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Santa Monica, California, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
While she was not as strikingly pretty as her sister Natalie Wood, Lana Wood was a lovely actress and eventually earned something of a name for herself in Hollywood. In the wake of her sister's early life success, Wood struggled somewhat, but finally received a steady and rewarding role on the daytime drama "Peyton Place" (ABC, 1964-69). A curvy contrast to the waif-like Natalie, Lana's dimensions were well-suited to the bad girl persona she adopted through much of her career. When work started to become scarce, she exploited her physique in Playboy, a ploy that helped her be cast in the James Bond adventure "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971). In the most famous assignment of her filmography, Wood played the lovely Plenty O'Toole and was seduced - both on and off the screen - by Sean Connery. However, the actress' problems - including five disastrous marriages and feelings of inferiority to her sister that led to depression and therapy - ultimately played a large part in derailing her acting ambitions. The shocking drowning of Natalie Wood in 1981 thrust Lana back into the spotlight and led to her penning the controversial book Natalie: A Memoir by Her Sister(1984). She was also open about offering her take on the incident, which made headlines again in 2011, following new statements and speculation. While her turn in "Diamonds are Forever" earned Wood lasting cult cachet, she lived in the shadow of her more famous sister, something that continued even after Natalie's death.
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