The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Before and After #156: Natalie Wood

Before


After

9 comments :

Flickhead said...

Before OR after, she was always beautiful...though I think she was downright gorgeous in The Great Race.

Jared said...

Well, after after would not make for a pretty picture...

Vanwall said...

One of the great movie beauties, of any era. A wonderful light comedienne, and in "Splendor in the Grass", she was pretty damned good.

Business or Leisure? said...

Oh fair Natalie
I would give you my damn car
If'n I had one.

Peter Nellhaus said...

If Natalie Wood were alive today, she would still be hot.

erik hogstrom said...

She was beautiful at every age. Amazing!

Richard Gibson said...

'Splendor in the Grass' - I haven't seen that in close to 20 years but I have fond memories of it.

misscornshucks said...

My schizophrenic aunt actually changed her name to Natalie Wood so her image always bring up a feeling of craziness with me, lovely photos though!

john said...

the most gorgeous woman in the history of cinema...and the cutest too! eliza kazan said when the role was right no one was better than natalie.