Black and white photo of Natalie Wood at the Beach ColorizedI recently stumbled across this awesome black and white photo of Natalie Wood having a blast at the beach in 1956 and had to colorize it. At age eight Natalie Wood played little Susan Walker in “Miracle on 34th Street”  and went on to co-star alongside James Dean in “Rebel Without a Cause” as well as playing Maria in “West Side Story“. Twenty five years after this photo was taken, Natalie became the center of controversy when she drowned off the coast of Catalina island while on a weekend cruise with her then husband Robert Wagner and co-star Christopher Walken.  

  During the shooting of an 80s sci-fi flick called  “Brainstorm” , Natalie Wood,Wagner and Christopher Walken all  met up for a weekend cruise to Catalina Island on
 Thanksgiving weekend. On November 29th, Natalie was reported missing to the US Coast Guard by Robert Wagner and an search ensued overnight.The Following morning searchers found Natalie Wood floating about two-hundred miles offshore  still wearing her nightgown and jacket. A lot of people suspected foul play and perhaps there was some weird love triangle going on between Walken Wagner & Wood (Sounds like a law firm) but the official conclusion was that Natalie had too much to drink and stumbled off the back of the boat. 

They re-opened the case in 2011 over “comments worthy of exploring” but nothing conclusive ever came of it. 

My full size colorization is below as well as the original black and white photo. Feel free to share this colorization on your social network of choice or leave a comment in the comment section below. 

Natalie wood beachBlack and white photo of Natalie Wood at the Beach Colorized

All photo colorization found within Metacolor is completed by hand using a Wacom Graphic Tablet and Adobe Photoshop CC software. All website design, writing and photo colorization/restoration found within is the sole work of Wayne Degan.


  1. Steve Cambron
    Steve CambronReply
    October 13, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Do you know if the black and white photo is copyrighted? I wrote a poem about the picture and I would like to submit the picture with the poem for publication. I’ve seen this picture posted on several movie sites but there is no information as to copyright. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.


    • MetaColor
      October 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Here is a link to some more information on the photo.

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