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Robert Wagner Cuffed on 'NCIS' as LA Cops Say He's Not a Suspect in Wife's Death

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 21st 2011 8:25AM
Last week the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. announced they are re-examining the drowning death of movie star Natalie Wood. The news led to frenzied speculation as to whether her husband, actor Robert Wagner, would now be named a suspect in her death, which has always been shrouded in mystery.

At a press conference Friday, a sheriff's spokesman told reporters that Wagner is not a suspect. "Her death was ruled an accident, an accidental drowing. And that's what it is. If, at the end of it, our investigation points to something else, then we'll address that."

However, over the last few days CBS viewers could have been forgiven for being rather confused about Wagner's status because he keeps appearing on screen in handcuffs. That's because, in a collision of art and life, the network's been promoting tomorrow night's episode of 'NCIS,' in which his character is accused of murder. After being asked if they'd considered postponing the episode, a CBS source told The Wrap that it "is running as scheduled."

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Natalie Wood's Death to be Reinvestigated by Police

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 18th 2011 7:00AM
Natalie WoodIt's been announced that police in Los Angeles are to reopen the inquiry into the drowning death of movie star Natalie Wood. She died in November 1981 aged 43 while boating off Catalina Island near the California coast with her husband Robert Wagner and movie star Christopher Walken. At the time the coroner ruled her death an accident, saying that Wood had been drinking and accidentally fell into the sea, striking her face on the side of the yacht 'Splendour.'

However, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. issued a statement Thursday saying they are re-examining the case. "Recently Sheriff's Homicide Investigators were contacted by persons who stated they had additional information about the Natalie Wood Wagner drowning. Due to the additional information, Sheriff's Homicide Bureau has decided to take another look at the case."

The dept. is due to hold a press conference about the matter on Friday at 11AM PT.

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What to Watch: July 11 - 17

by Stephanie Earp, posted Jul 11th 2011 3:00AM
Biography: Natalie Wood -- Sunday, July 17, 8 PM ET/PT, Biography

The lovely actress best remembered for her roles in 'Rebel Without a Cause' and 'West Side Story' lived a life that seemed designed for the tabloids. A child star at nine -- with a requisite pushy stage mother -- she blossomed into a serious actress and great beauty. Her on-again off-again relationship with Robert Wagner and her mysterious drowning death are all covered in this special.

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Gretchen Mol and Other "Almost It" Girls: Starlets Who Never Quite Made It Big

by Daynah Burnett, posted Nov 22nd 2009 6:36PM
Just this past week, HBO announced the addition of Gretchen Mol to the cast of its upcoming series 'Boardwalk Empire,' starring Steve Buscemi as Atlantic City gangster Nucky Thompson. With a string of respectable supporting roles, Mol's made a career out of not-quite making it, starting with her famous 1998 'Vanity Fair' cover that asked the entirely premature question: "Is Gretchen Mol Hollywood's New It Girl?"

But though Mol didn't exactly fade into obscurity (she earned kudos for her eye-opening turn in the indie 'The Notorious Bettie Page' and co-starred in ABC's short-lived 'Life on Mars'), neither did she become the huge success the industry predicted she would be. What happened? Was it luck, timing, bad choices or simply a case of too much hype? Whatever that case, Mol's casting got us thinking about other "Almost It" girls that Hollywood left behind about as quickly as it tried to make them mega-stars.

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Robert Wagner Talks Magic Awards, His 'NCIS' Guest Role and 'Charlie's Angels'

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 19th 2009 4:42PM
From 'It Takes a Thief,' 'Switch' and 'Hart to Hart' to memorable, more recent stints on 'Seinfeld,' 'Boston Legal' and 'Two and a Half Men,' big-screen Hollywood legend Robert Wagner has, for decades, also made a big impact on TV land.

Tonight, the actor and actress wife Jill St. John jump into a fresh TV gig: Hosting 'The World Magic Awards' (8PM ET, MyNetworkTV), a two-hour spectacular that includes performances by the top acts in the magic biz -- Lance Burton, Ed Alonzo and Katalin, among them -- and helps raise funds for the Feed the Children campaign. (Check out the official site for the World Magic Awards.)

As he prepared to tape a January guest appearance for the 150th episode of 'NCIS,' the 79-year-old Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Wagner talked to AOL TV about that guest role and his surprising connection to the series, the 'World Magic Awards' and his recent autobiography 'Pieces of My Heart,' a rich, candid Hollywood tale filled with personal details about his celebrity datemates (Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Barbara Stanwyck), his marriages to (and the death of) Natalie Wood and his friendships with mentors like Clark Gable, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Spencer Tracy and David Niven.

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Festivus Retro Squad: Miracle on 34th Street

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 7th 2006 9:24AM
Miracle on 34th StreetWhat does it say about me that my two favorite movies of all-time - not just Christmas movies, but all movies - are It's A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. I only watch them during the month of December, maybe once in November, and they are both Christmas-oriented, but they are my two favorite flicks. I'll review It's A Wonderful Life a little bit later, but since AMC is running Miracle on 34th Street a lot this month (I think it's on a couple of times every day or something), let's take a closer look at this classic.

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