Natalie Wood was so heartbroken after her romances with Robert Wagner and Warren Beatty ended, she allegedly tried to commit suicide by taking sleeping pills.
Now, for the first time, the late Hollywood legend’s sister, Lana, has opened up about that terrible, tragic night’s harrowing details to the hit new podcast “Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood.”
In a world exclusive interview, Lana said, “My mom, suddenly she called me and said, ‘Put together an outfit, grab something, meet at Cedars.”
Lana is referring to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she explained Natalie had been hospitalized “under an assumed name.”
“It was terrifying,” Lana added. “She was not good in shape. She was sitting there with a scrub face and looked devastated.”
Natalie Wood in the 1960s
Natalie Wood in the 1960s
American actress Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), star of the musical film 'West Side Story', December 1960. (Photo by Ernst Haas/Getty Images)
Actors Steve McQueen and Natalie Wood meeting. (Photo By John Dominis/The LIFE Premium Collection/Getty Images)
Natalie Wood (1938-1981), US actress, wearing a white beaded necklace and a sleeveless black and white dress, reclining with a black bow in her hair, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Former child actress, American film star Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981). (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1960: Former child actress, American film star Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981). (Photo via John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
Portrait of American actress Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) as she sits on a sofa and looks over her shoulder, late 1960s. (Photo by Tim Boxer/Getty Images)
Promotional portrait of American actors Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) in their film 'Splendor in the Grass' (directed by Elia Kazan), 1961. (Photo by Eliot Elisofon/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Head and shoulders photograph of Natalie Wood who plays Maria in the 1961 United Artists film, West Side Story. Movie still.
American actors Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) at a formal event, circa 1961. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Actoress Natalie Wood at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Promotional shot of actress Natalie Wood, as she appears in the movie 'Gypsy', 1962. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Actress Natalie Wood sexily lounging on deck of sail boat. (Photo by Paul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Steve McQueen w. actress Natalie Wood. (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 8/1/1964-A smiling Natalie Wood, garbed in turn-of-the-century fashion, plays a free-wheeling reporter who battles for women's rights and covers 'The Great Race' for the New York Sentinel.
American actress Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), circa 1964. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Tony Curtis enamored with Natalie Wood in a scene from the film 'Sex And the Single Girl', 1964. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
Actress Natalie Wood smoking a cigar at a charity dinner in aid of Cedars Sinai Medical Centre, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, circa 1965. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Natalie Wood apparently topless at a photo shoot in London, 1965. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images)
circa 1965: American actor Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) wearing a coat with a fur trimmed hood. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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“You really wouldn’t have recognized her. She was in that much turmoil and unhappiness.”
But Lana’s long-held confession isn’t the only blockbuster to come from chapter four.
In another world exclusive, the “Fatal Voyage” investigative team obtained a never-before-seen memoir written by Natalie in which she described, among other things, her affair with Splendor in the Grass costar Beatty.
“When we became involved he was depressed because his sweetheart had gone to England for a film,” Natalie confided.
“And I was devastated over the end of my marriage. We both brought problems to the relationship. Warren and I spent hours ruminating and analyzing each other.”
“After my divorce, I was looking for the Rock of Gibraltar,” she added. “Instead, I discovered Mount Vesuvius, a live volcano with eruptions each day. And I contributed my share of fireworks, too.”