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Goodbye Natalie, Goodbye Splendour Audio CD – Bargain Price, September 1, 2009
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About the Author
Marti Rulli has held executive positions in printing and media. She runs her own advertising business and is a long-time freelance writer. Dennis Davern was a boat captain for Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood and was on the yacht Splendour on the night of Wood's death. He currently owns and operates a marina and boat maintenance business.
Top Customer Reviews
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
This was such a good book and I am horrified to know that Wagner is still on the loose. It makes me sick that money can cause the ending of such a beautiful and favorite movie star... Read morePublished 20 days ago by CARMEN POWELL
The book has a lot of information about Natalie's life, but the author undoubtedly protects the Splendour captain during the course of the whole book, and do not disclose, in one... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alfredo Caminada
It was a very interesting read, however, it never really answered, to my satisfaction anyway, how Natalie found her way off the boat. did she fall off, was she helped off? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce Morrison
I can remember the day she died. It was such a shock. I learned a lot more from reading this book. But the back and forth between Dennis and Marti drove me crazy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan Descutner Kaspersen
I lived in LA at the time and had been on a sailboat to Avalon and anchored at the Isthmus. I was appalled at the news of her death and always knew of uncertainty surrounding it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ann Brennan
A good read. Hope it does some good. And bring justice for Natalie. I was such s big fan of Robert Wagner in Hart to Hart.Published 2 months ago by margie