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Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour Paperback – November 9, 2010
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The book is extremely well written. I did feel it dragged a bit in getting to the crux of the story, but it was riveting all the same. Many will judge Davern for not being forthcoming in the first place, but I suppose it is better late than never. He admits to having an alcoholic problem and a deep seated fear of "the powers that be" to explain why he never spoke up before now. Many will hurl insults at him by intimating that he is out to "make a fast buck." I do not believe that is the case here. I believe the ghost of this beautiful, vibrant woman haunts him and well it should.
We still do not know what happened to Natalie that night. We know that credible witnesses heard a woman crying out "Help me. I'm drowning." They were in the slot next to Splendour so they would have heard something in this case.Read more ›
It took me a long time to read Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour. I don't know why but it did. Once I opened the book I couldn't stop reading. Now remember I was there so much of the time, not on the boat but other places. I began to read and the truth rang out. Dennis's description of his lifeHairdresser to the Stars: A Hollywood Memoir around Natalie was so real and true. It brought back so many years of my life. (I am now 75)
The last conversation while working on Eva Ryker, was so intimate and truthful. Both Natalie and I were suffering our husband's drinking problems. She also was at a turning point in her life. It was time to go out in new directions. At that time people didn't take their children with them to work. Natalie loved her girls and had agreed to be there for them. We even stopped by school to see them in a play.
Three years later she was gone. Reading this book I could understand that the things I sensed in my last conversation had propelled her to a need for change.
I believe what Dennis has described about the weekend. I believe that working with C.W.Read more ›
There were only four people on the ship the night of Natalie Wood's death - Wood, Robert Wagner, Christopher Walken and Dennis Davern the Captain. Now we have the painful account from Davern, the tortured soul whose life was almost ruined by the secrets he kept for his employer and friend, Robert Wagner. He sat for two lie detector tests and was hypnotized because he realized the skepticism that would face him when he finally revealed what he saw the night of Wood's death. He also realized that the only way to quell his conscience so he could live with himself was to tell the truth, all of it, and without embellishment. He contacted his old friend Marti Rulli and began to ever so slowly tell the story.
A profoundly disturbing book, Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour documents celebrity privilege with crystal clarity. The special treatment that Wagner and Walken received appears to have rolled right over the living and the dead. If nothing else comes from this perhaps it is time to examine this ridiculous habit the public has of placing people on pedestals because of the work they perform. The extreme deference afforded celebrities, here is taken to a truly frightening place. Evidence ignored, interrogations not given and clear discrepancies overlooked. Wagner didn't want the bad publicity and there were plenty of people around willing to accommodate him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was very repetative. Kept waiting for an answer but nothing. Would not tell anyone to read it. BORINGPublished 2 days ago by terry
A long story with no real ending. The whole build up and no real reveal.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
The book was sad and unfortunately true to what really happened. There was too much repetition in the writing of it, otherwise it was hard to put down.Published 15 days ago by Dorothy Friedenreich
AN extremely well written book. This perhaps the closest to the truth of what happens to Natalie Wood! This book kept me enthralled !Published 1 month ago by Maureen Fantasia
As a young woman in rural Arizona, I was far removed from the world of Natalie Wood, but was a fan of the woman and her work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Driskellmom
I never believed any of the accounts on her death. It was all too fishy, anyone with any sense would think so. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lynda S.
I enjoyed reading this book, which convinced me, more than EVER, that Robert Wagner knows exactly what happened to Natalie Wood! My hell, he killed her. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Filippini