It seems like just yesterday that Catherine Zeta-Jones was rolling out the withered husk of Kirk Douglas on stage at the Golden Globes, much to the dismay of many who either weren’t ready to see the ravages 100 years takes on the human body in high def, and/or didn’t want to see a man suspected of raping a 16-year-old Natalie Wood heralded as a hero. According to The Guardian, Natalie’s sister Lana Wood has completed her memoir, Little Sister, and with its publication, “one of Hollywood’s darkest rumors” has been corroborated. Lana says that since Kirk has died, she feels like she’s not betraying her sister by revealing that he was Natalie’s alleged rapist. Poor Lana probably woke up every morning for the last 20 years checking her Google alerts going “damn, how this bitch is STILL ALIVE?”
Kirk did eventually roll his wheelchair over the bucket until it fell over last year at the age of 103. And Natalie’s name trended on Twitter that same day. According to The Guardian, Lana was 8 at the time of the alleged assault, but she says she remembers her mom and Natalie agreeing that it would hurt Natalie’s career if she spoke out. It wasn’t until later, when they were both adults, that Natalie shared with her the details.
In a memoir coming out next week, Wood’s younger sister identifies the long-suspected assailant: Kirk Douglas.
“I remember that Natalie looked especially beautiful when Mom and I dropped her off that night at the Chateau Marmont entrance,” Lana Wood writes in Little Sister, alleging that the incident happened in the summer of 1955, around the time Natalie Wood was filming The Searchers.
The meeting had been arranged by their mother, Maria Zakharenko, who thought that “many doors might be thrown open for her, with just a nod of his famous, handsome head on her behalf,” according to Lana.
“It seemed like a long time passed before Natalie got back into the car and woke me up when she slammed the door shut,” she writes. “She looked awful. She was very disheveled and very upset, and she and Mom started urgently whispering to each other. I couldn’t really hear them or make out what they were saying. Something bad had apparently happened to my sister, but whatever it was, I was apparently too young to be told about it.”
According to Lana, Natalie did not discuss with her what happened until both were adults and Natalie, after describing being brought into Douglas’s suite, told her sister, “And, uh … he hurt me Lana.”
“It was like an out-of-body experience. I was terrified, I was confused,” Lana Wood remembers her saying.
Kirk may not have ever had to respond to the accusation, but he did have the damn nerve to write about her in his own 1988 memoir The Ragman’s Son.
He remembers driving home one night and stopping at a red light. The door of the car in front of him opened and “a pretty little girl wearing a suede jacket hopped out” and ran up to him.
“‘Oh, Mr Douglas, would you please sign my jacket?’” he remembers her saying. “As I obliged, the woman who was driving got out and introduced her. ‘This is my daughter. She’s in movies, too. Her name is Natalie Wood.’ That was the first time I met Natalie. I saw her many times afterward, before she died in that cruel accident.”
And the fuckery and subterfuge don’t end there. When asked for comment, Kirk’s son Michael Douglas said simply, through his publicist, “May they both rest in peace.” Shit, Natalie might still be here living in peace if she’d never crossed paths with Kirk Douglas.