Natalie Wood was an American film actress known for her beauty and her emotionally affecting performances. After starting out as a child star in films like Tomorrow is Forever, Miracle on 34th Street and The Star, she successfully transitioned into adult roles in films like Rebel Without a Cause (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award), The Searchers, Marjorie Morningstar, All the Fine Young Cannibals, Splendor in the Grass (another Academy Award nomination), West Side Story, Gypsy, The Great Race, Love with the Proper Stranger (another Academy Award nomination), Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice. At the age of 43, Wood mysteriously drowned while out on a boat with husband Robert Wagner and her costar in Brainstorm, Christopher Walken.
Richard Beymer is an American actor. After starting out as a child actor Beymer appeared in such films as The Diary of Anne Frank, Playhouse 90, High Time, West Side Story, Bachelor Flat, Five Finger Exercise, The Longest Day, and The Stripper. In the mid-60s, Beymer retired from acting for the most part, before returning in 1982 with films like Paper Dolls, Moonlighting, and others, as well as the television show Twin Peaks.
Rita Moreno became the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in West Side Story. In fact, she is one of the few actors to have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony. Her other films include Singin' in the Rain, Fort Vengeance, Latin Lovers, The King and I, The Vagabond King, Carnal Knowledge, The Ritz, Happy Birthday, Gemini, Slums of Beverly Hills. She recently starred on the television show One Day at a Time.
George Chakiris is an American dancer and actor. He won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Bernardo. His other films include Song of Love, Call Me Madam, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Brigadoon, There's No Business Like Show Business, White Christmas, The Country Girl, Les Demoiselles de Rochefort, The Big Cube, and Pale Blood.
Russ Tamblyn is an American dancer and actor. His other films include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Peyton Place (which earned him an Academy Award nomination), High School Confidential, Tom Thumb, West Side Story, The Haunting, and the television show, Twin Peaks.
West Side Story (1961 film) Questions and Answers
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Maria sends Anita to Doc's to tell Tony that she has been detained, but at the store, members of the Jets harass Anita. In her anger and dismay at having nearly been molested, Anita lies and tells Doc and the gang that Chino has killed Maria in a...