Natalie Wood confessed marriage ‘problems’ with Robert Wagner in secret memoir

Hollywood superstar Natalie Wood bared her most intimate and secret thoughts in a never-before-seen-or-heard memoir that only now has been exclusively obtained by a bombshell new podcast.

But now the 12-part audio documentary “Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood” has uncovered the lost work, which sheds new light on the screen siren’s secret life.

In the podcast’s third chapter, now available for download on iTunes, Wood describes her deep yearning for a conventional home life with her then-boyfriend, actor Robert Wagner.

“Even though I grew up in a town where people change marital partners like hairstyles, I was raised in an old-fashioned family with traditional values,” Wood confided to her private diary.

“I wanted, and still do, the things the girl next door takes for granted: a house with a husband, and children.”

And it seemed as if that dream was within reach — or at least for a while.

Wrote Wood of the night Wagner proposed: “On December 6, 1957, the anniversary of our first serious date, he took me to a restaurant for a champagne supper.

“I spotted something glittering at the bottom of my champagne glass: a diamond and pearl ring. The Inscription said: Marry me.”

“Looking at it from the outside we must’ve seemed like the American Dream, we were both attractive, and successful so what could possibly be wrong?”

The answer was, of course: plenty.

As the world well knows, Wood and Wagner’s fairy-tale romance ultimately turned into a nightmare — and one that would have fatal consequences, as the actress mysteriously vanished on the night of November 28, 1981, aboard their yacht, Splendour.

Wood, 43, and her hot-tempered husband, along with her Brainstorm costar Christopher Walken, were off California’s Catalina Island.

Her body, clad in a nightgown, red jacket and socks was found hours later, floating facedown about a mile from the yacht.

Over the years, Wagner has stonewalled police, even after the case was reopened 2011 and he was named a “person of interest.”

Now, “Fatal Voyage’s” investigative team, lead by journalist Dylan Howard, exposes chilling new evidence suggesting Wood’s demise was the possible result of “foul play,” as one homicide investigator described.

But, long before that tragic night, Wood described how her first marriage to Wagner — they divorced in 1962, but remarried 10 years later — disintegrated under the pressures and jealousies of Tinseltown.

“I wanted to discuss our problems with R.J., but where do you begin?” she wrote. “And what can you say when everything, on the surface, looks so right?

“As my professional and personal pressures increased, everything seemed magnified and distorted. A careless remark suddenly become a major insult.”

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Actress Natalie Wood with her husband, actor Robert Wagner.
American actor Robert Wagner and his wife actress Nathalie Wood. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Actress Natalie Wood and husband, actor Robert Wagner, at London Airport in 1976. (Photo by � Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) The El Morocco. New York City: Actress Natalie Wood and actor Robert Wagner.
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) leave the church holding hands just after their wedding, Scottsdale, Arizona, December 28, 1957. (Photo by Jack Albin/Getty Images)
circa 1958: American actors Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), wearing a black evening gown with long gloves and a white fur wrap, and Robert Wagner, wearing a tuxedo with a white opera scarf. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1958: Actors Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner attend an event in 1958 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/ Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Married American actors Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), circa 1958. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
(Eingeschr�kte Rechte f�r bestimmte redaktionelle Kunden in Deutschland. Limited rights for specific editorial clients in Germany.) Wood, Natalie *20.07.1938-29.11.1981+ (Eigentlich Natalia Nikolaiewna Zacharenko) Schauspielerin, USA - mit ihrem Mann Robert Wagner - 1958 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Enjoying a tete-a-tete in an outdoor phone booth outside Penn Station, recently wed screen stars Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood are shown here. The couple was visiting Manhattan the first time since their marriage at Scottsdale, Az. on December 28, 1957.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wagner (she's Natalie Wood) arrive at Penn Station from Miami. They're here to see Bob's new movie, 'In Love and War.' (Photo By: Art Whittaker/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 23: Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood back stage of 'The Jack Benny Program.' Image dated January 23, 1960. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Robert Wagner, US actor, and his wife, Natalie Wood (1938-1981), US actress, with a small dog, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actors Robert Wagner and his wife Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), circa 1970. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
American actor Robert Wagner with his actress wife Natalie Wood at the time of their second marriage. Original Publication: People Disc - HM0378 (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)
American actor Robert Wagner with his former wife American actress Natalie Wood, 23rd April 1972. (Photo by Chris Wood/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Actors and spouses Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner following their reconciliation, Britain, April 24th 1972. (Photo by Roger Jackson/Central Press/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during 45th Academy Award Rehearsals at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
MALIBU, UNITED STATES - AUGUST: Actress Natalie Wood and husband actor Robert Wagner at home with daughter during August 1973 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Sandy KAPLAN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Actors and spouses Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, arriving at the premiere of the film 'The Godfather', London, August 24th 1972. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during 16th Annual International Broadcasting Awards at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actors Robert Wagner and his wife Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) at the 29th Cannes Film Festival, May 1976. (Photo by RDA/Getty Images)
Actor Robert Wagner and actress wife Natalie Wood arriving in London en route for the South of France for a short holiday before returning to London next month to make TV production of the Tennessee Williams play 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' for Granada, 24th April 1976. (Photo by Dennis Stone/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
American actor Robert Wagner and his actress wife Natalie Wood at Heathrow Airport in London before leaving to present the prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Actors and spouses Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner in London, July 1st 1976. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NBC MONDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES -- 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Wood as Maggie, Robert Wagner as Brick -- (Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
Film actor Robert Wagner and his wife Natalie Wood arrived at Heathrow Airport from Los Angeles with their children Courtney (2) and Natasha (5). Courtney was carrying a doll called 'Curious George.' They were met by Lord Olivier and are here to make a Granada TV production with him of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof .' 19th May 1976. (Photo by Victor Crawshaw/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner during 5th Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Award - Salute to Bette Davis at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner, Ehefrau Natalie Wood, Dreharbeiten zur US-TV-Serie 'Switch', Hollywood, Los Angeles, Kalifornien, USA, Nordamerika, SW, schwarz-weiss-Foto, Dreh, Bett, Ehemann, Schauspieler, Schauspielerin, NB/BB, 01.08.1978; (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner, Ehefrau Natalie Wood, neben den Dreharbeiten zur US-TV-Serie 'Switch', Hollywood, Los Angeles, Kalifornien, USA, Nordamerika, Dreh-Pause, Wohnmobil, Wohnwagen, Auto, Becher Kaffee, in den Arm nehmen, Ehemann, Schauspieler, Schauspielerin, NB/BB, 01.08.1978; (Photo by Peter Bischoff/Getty Images)
Laurence Olivier, Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner during 'A Little Romance' World Premiere Filmex Opening Honoring Laurence Olivier in Century City, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood Sighting at a Beverly Hills Restaurant - June 1, 1977 at Beverly Hills Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - 1980: Actors Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner outside La Scala restaurant in 1980 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
circa 1980: Married American actors Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner attending a formal event. Wood is wearing a blue dress with powder-blue sheer sleeves and a floral top. Wagner is wearing a black tuxedo. (Photo by Darlene Hammond/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood during 'Hart to Hart' Wrap Party - April 9, 1980 at Chey Moi in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Robert Wagner, Natalie Wood, and Daughters Katie Wagner, Natasha Gregson Wagner, and Courtney Wagner (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - CIRCA 1981: Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood circa 1981 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bret Lundberg/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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