Natalie Wood's death to be reinvestigated

Natalie Wood

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced Thursday that it is reopening its investigation of the 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood, which has been one of Hollywood's most enduring mysteries.

Officials then ruled that her drowning death while boating was an accident. But there has been much speculation about what happened in the boat.

"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 department said in a written statement.

Wood and Robert Wagner first married in 1957 and divorced five years later. Both went on to marry other people, then they remarried in 1972.

In 1981, Wagner and Wood had invited Christopher Walken to be their guest that Thanksgiving weekend aboard their boat the Splendour. On the evening of Nov. 29, they had dinner and drinks at a restaurant, then returned to the boat and continued to drink until a heated argument erupted between the two men.

Wagner said in 2008 that the argument was about how much of one's personal life should be sacrificed in pursuit of a career. He was upset that Walken was advocating that Wood give all to her art, even at the expense of her husband and children.

Wood left to go to the master cabin's bathroom. Wagner said he and Walken eventually calmed down and said good night. When he went to bed, he said, Wood wasn't there. It was believed that the dinghy had gotten loose and Wood went up on deck to tie it up.