OnlyOnAOL: Natalie Wood's daughter Natasha pays sweet tribute to her mom

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By: Donna Freydkin

During her career, Natalie Wood reached icon status, thanks to roles in "Splendor in the Grass," "Rebel Without a Cause" and "West Side Story," before dying in a mysterious drowning death in 1981. She was incandescent, impossibly gorgeous and enigmatic.

(Watch our interview with another acting legend, Isabelle Huppert, above).

Now, her daughter Natasha Gregson Wagner pays tribute to the glamour her mom represented with a signature fragrance, called simply, Natalie.

"The impetus was the birth of my daughter. After she was born I was so in love with her and I didn't want to be away from her. I realized pretty quickly that I couldn't pursue acting and be a mom who was around. I started to think about my mom's legacy through the eyes of my daughter. If I don't perpetuate it, who will? I talked to my sister Courtney about what we would do. Her scent was such a powerful sense memory for us. That was the first step," says Wagner, the mom of daughter Clover.

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood File PhotosNatalie Wood-InvestigationNATALIE WOOD FAMILYThe scent is modern gardenia, with hints of orange blossom and neroli. And whenever Wagner wears it, she feels an immediate bond with mama Natalie. "I feel that feeling of happiness and peace in my heart. I feel close to her," she says.

After her death, says Wagner, "her scent lingered in our house. I could smell it in her closet, her sheets, everywhere. It's a very comforting smell. It makes me feel close to her. I wanted the design to be very classic. This is an homage to my mom, so it's modern and classic and something she would have on her own dressing table."

Turner Classic Movies is paying tribute to Wood's formidable film resume.

"For the last three weeks, my husband (Barry Watson) and I had been watching her movies in chronological order. I am learning so much about her in a way I didn't know before. Seeing her work – in the place I'm in now, I'm a mom myself, my pain of her loss isn't as great so I can watch her with a more detached eye. I marvel at her talent. It's crazy. As a child, I didn't really get that at all. She was just my mom. I didn't even think she was so beautiful. She walked around the house with no makeup on. I'm exactly the same way now," says Wagner.

So if her mom could hold a bottle of Natalie, "she would be humbled and flattered that I'm doing this for her. The display was so beautiful. My mom loved the holidays. Everything was in gold and she only wore gold jewelry. She would have been very happy."

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Oscar winner L.B. Abbott, right, poses with presenter Natalie Wood at the 1967 Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, Ca., on April 10, 1968. Abbott won for best achievement in special visual effects in "Doctor Doolittle." (AP Photo)
Actress Natalie Wood poses in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 25, 1959. (AP Photo)
Daily News front page November 30, 1981, Headline: NATALIE WOOD DEAD - Body found floating off Catalina. ALLEN EXITS - Takes 'leave of absence' Richard Alen: 'I certainly feel that I have done nothing wrong' (Photo By: /NY Daily News via Getty Images)
FILE - The 55-foot yacht "Splendour," belonging to actor Robert Wagner and his wife, actress Natalie Wood, sits in the waters off Catalina Island in Santa Catalina, Calif., near the site where Harbor Patrol personnel and lifeguards discovered the body of Wood, an apparent drowning victim, Nov. 29, 1981. Los Angeles sheriff's homicide detectives are taking another look at Wood's 1981 drowning death based on new information, officials announced Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Harrington, File)
Actor Robert Wagner reaches for a flower off the bouquet-draped casket of his wife Natalie Wood, during services Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1981 at Westwood Memorial Park. The 43 year old actress was an apparent drowning victim off the coast of Santa Cataline Island over the weekend. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Actor Robert Wagner at funeral services of his wife, Natalie Wood, Dec. 2, 1981 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Natalie Wood wedding with British Film producer Richard Gregson, 1969. (AP Photo)
Actor Robert Wagner and former wife Natalie Wood, on board the Queen Elizabeth II in April 1972, after a hectic storm at sea, where they announced that they would remarry. (AP Photo/Steve Wood)
FILE - This Dec. 1, 1981 file photo shows actress Natalie Wood. A Los Angeles sheriff's detective said Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, that actor-husband, Robert Wagner, has not consented to an interview in their renewed inquiring into Wood's 1981 drowning, but an attorney for the actor and his family says he has fully cooperated with authorities. (AP Photo/File)
Natalie Wood with husband Robert Wagner at the 51st Academy Awards. (12/01/1981)(AP Photo)
Actor Robert Wagner, center, and his wife, actress Natalie Wood, left, visit backstage with Elizabeth Taylor, June 18, 1981 in New York after seeing her star in the Broadway production of Lillian Hellman's play "The Little Foxes." (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)
Actresses Lillian Gish left, and Natalie Wood share smiles as they speak to celebrity audiences Saturday night, April 26, 1981, at a Los Angeles theater for Hollywood's salute to the Los Angeles Bicentennial. Scores of entertainment personalities turned out for the salute concert and dinner. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
FILE - This April 1980 photo shows Hollywood film star, Natalie Wood, with her actor husband, Robert Wagner, in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles sheriff's detective said Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, that Wagner has not consented to an interview in their renewed inquiring into Wood's 1981 drowning, but an attorney for the actor and his family says he has fully cooperated with authorities. (AP Photo, File)
Actress Natalie Wood and actor Ed Asner pose after receiving their awards at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association 1980 Golden Globe Awards show in Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 28, 1980. Ms. Wood received her award for Best Television Actress in Drama for her part in the mini series ?From Here to Eternity,? while Asner received his award for Best Television Actor in a Drama for his part in the series ?Lou Grant?. (AP Photo/Brich)
FILE - In this April 9, 1979 file photo, actress Natalie Wood is shown at the 51st Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Los Angeles sheriff's homicide detectives are taking another look at Wood's 1981 drowning death based on new information, officials announced Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. (AP Photo, file)
Actors Yul Brynner and Natalie Wood presented Oscars to Best Foreign Language Film for "Get Out Your Handkerchiefs", at the Academy Awards presentation in Los Angeles, April 9, 1979. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, whose marriage ended in divorce a decade ago, arrive together to attend the Academy Awards presentations in Hollywood, April 11, 1972. She visited him while he was making a movie in San Francisco where he did not discount the possibility they might re-wed. Both married subsequently to their divorce and both those marriages ended in divorce. (AP Photo)
Actress Natalie Wood poses with her husband, British producer Richard Gregson, outside the Holy Virgin Mary Church following their Russian Orthodox wedding ceremony in Los Angeles, Ca., May 30, 1969. (AP Photo)
Actress Natalie Wood and British film producer Richard Gregson are seen during their Russian Orthodox wedding ceremony, at the Holy Virgin Mary Church in Hollywood, Calif., on May 30, 1969. (AP Photo)
This is a 1963 handout photo of Natalie Wood. (AP Photo)
Richard Beymer and Natalie Wood as the star-crossed lovers in the film "West Side Story", Oct. 1961. (AP Photo)
Arriving at the Fox Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif, Dec. 19, 1961 for the world premiere of "The Children's Hour," are, left to right; Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty, brother of Shirley MacLaine. (AP Photo/Harold P. Matosian)
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner. (1980)(AP Photo)
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, a husband-and-wife team in real life, perform as lovers in ?All the Young Cannibals,? a new Hollywood film on Dec. 7, 1959. They?re shown moving up to the bar, in a scene from the picture. (AP Photo/DFS)
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, a husband-and-wife team in real life, perform as lovers in ?All the Young Cannibals,? a new Hollywood film on Dec. 7, 1959. They?re shown moving up to the bar, in a scene from the picture. (AP Photo/DFS)
American actress Natalie Wood poses for an unidentified U.S. sailor on the Croisette, Cannes, on May 11, 1962, on her arrival for the Cannes Film Festival in France. Natalie appears in "West Side Story." (AP Photo)
Actress Natalie Wood is shown in this Warner Bros. photo dated 1957. (AP Photo)
Race car driver Lance Reventlow, left, attends the annual Academy Awards with actress Natalie Wood in Hollywood, Ca., March 27, 1957. (AP Photo)
Natalie Wood and James Dean star in the 1955 motion picture "Rebel Without A Cause". (AP Photo)
Actress Natalie Wood poses with her pet poodle Fifi at a Hollywood studio, Calif., on Oct. 28, 1955. (AP Photo)
Actress Natalie Wood, 11, turns her back to Wendell Corey so he can add his name to the autographs she is collecting on her leather suede jacket in Hollywood, Calif., on Nov. 15, 1949. They are both appearing in "No Sad Songs For Me." (AP Photo)
Actor Robert Wagner and former wife Natalie Wood, on board the Queen Elizabeth II in April 1972, after a hectic storm at sea, where they announced that they would remarry. (AP Photo/Steve Wood)
Actress Natalie Wood drinks milk while lunching with her mother, Maria Gurdin, at the Cafe de Paris in Hollywood, Calif., on May 5, 1949. Wood is working on the movie "Father Was a Fullback." (AP Photo)
Actress Jane Wyatt fixes the hair ribbon for actress Natalie Wood in Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 26, 1949. (AP Photo)
Actor Tab Hunter, left, and actress Natalie Wood arrive at the 1955 Annual Academy Awards presentations at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, Ca., on March 21, 1956. Wood is nominated for her role in "Rebel Without a Cause" for actress in a supporting role. (AP Photo)
The gravesite of actress Natalie Wood is seen in the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, on August 18, 2009. The burial spot located just above the final resting place of Marilyn Monroe is going on sale for a cool 500,000 dollars on auction website eBay. The tomb in the Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles is currently occupied by one Richard Poncher, who died 23 years ago aged 81. But his widow is having his body moved over one spot and auctioning the site above Monroe's, hoping to earn enough to pay off her 1.6-million-dollar Beverly Hills home. The cemetery is also the final resting place for celebrities as Natalie Wood, Truman Capote, Frank Zappa, Dean Martin, Jack Lemmon, Burt Lancaster, Billy Wilder, and more recently Farrah Fawcett. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - AUGUST 9: Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood at the premiere of 'The Godfather' on August 9, 1972 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Wargacki/WireImage)
379373 06: Lana Wood poses with her sister, the late actress Natalie Wood, right, when they were children. (Photo courtesy of Lana Wood/Delivered by Newsmakers)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Actress Natalie Wood attends American Movie Awards on February 11, 1980 at the Wilshire Theater in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Natalie Wood photographed in 1979. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 21: Natalie Wood during a cocktail party to honor the beginning of film shooting 'The Concorde-Airport 79' by David Lowel Rich, November 21, 1978 in Paris,France. (Photo by Michel GINFRAY/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NBC MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES -- 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' -- Pictured: Natalie Wood as Maggie -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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