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

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 PhotosThe 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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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)
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)
American actress Natalie Wood on the set of This Property is Condemned based on the play by Tennessee Williams and directed by Sydney Pollack. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
American actress Natalie Wood (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Legendary US singer Frank Sinatra in a picture taken 08 December 1951 in London with his bride of a month US actress Ava Gardner forming a piano and vocal duet at Washington Hotel before 'Midnight Matinee' show at the London Coliseum. Frank Sinatra, born 12 December 1915, was a playboy who married four times, twice to famous actress, Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow. But he was deeply attracted to the actress; his biographer Kitty Kelley wrote that Gardner was the only woman he respected because he knew he could not dominate her. Sinatra got married for the last time in 1976 to Barbara Marx, widow of comedian Zeppo Marx of the four Marx brothers. Sinatra number his conquests, according to Kelley, among Hollywood's greatest beauties, including Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor and Victoria Principal. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
circa 1953: Portrait of American actor Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981), wearing a strapless bathing suit with plaid trim, posing in front of a wicker wall. Wood has light hair. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American actress Natalie Wood (Natal'ja Nikolaevna Zacharenko) standing beside a stone wall in the film Kings Go Forth. France, 1958 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - JUNE 13,1955: Musician Dick Contino hugs Leigh Snowden as actor John Smith hugs actress Natalie Wood at Wil Wright's Ice Cream Parlor in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - JUNE 13,1955: Actress Natalie Wood, actor John Smith and actress Leigh Snowden takes a taste of chocolate at a Wil Wright's ice cream parlor in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - JUNE 5,1955: Actress Natalie Wood attends the Screen Directors Building party in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - CIRCA 1955: Actress Natalie Wood poses during an event in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - JUNE 13,1955: Actress Natalie Wood, actor John Smith and musician Dick Contino and actress Leigh Snowden pour chocolate at a Wil Wright's ice cream parlor in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American actress Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981) holding a glove puppet of a lion, circa 1955. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
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