“Falling in love for the first time, and then the heartbreak of having it end, is difficult. But I don't think it would ever hurt as much as when my mother was killed in the boating accident. I feel a part of my heart has already been broken and that place is reserved for mother.” Natasha Gregson Wagner
American actress Natasha Gregson Wagner, daughter of producer-writer Richard Gregson and legendary actress Natalie Wood (died when Natasha was 11 years old) and the adopted daughter of actor Robert Wagner, is known for playing complicated and emotionally destroyed female characters in films.
Entering show business in 1992, the Los Angeles native has built a prolific career with over 50 film and TV projects under her belt. She is perhaps best remembered for playing roles in such movies as “Dragstrip Girl” (1994, TV), “High School High” (1996), “Lost Highway” (1997), “Two Girls and a Guy” (1997), “Another Day in Paradise” (1998), “Urban Legend” (1998), “High Fidelity” (2000) and “Wonderland” (2003), as well as the critically acclaimed, but short-lived, series “Pasadena” (2001, as Beth Greeley). Natasha also had recurring roles in the now defunct sci-fi series “The 4400” (2005-2007) and NBC's “ER” (2006) and guest roles in “Ally McBeal,” “Chicago Hope,” Cold Case” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “House M.D.,” among others.
After a five-year hiatus from the cinematic industry, the recipient of the 2001 Golden Apple Award for Female Discovery of the Year is scheduled to make a comeback with the drama “The Funeral Party” (2009).
Natasha was married to D.V. DeVincentis from 2003 to 2008. She once dated actor Adam Storke (born 1962), who is the godson of her stepfather. She was romantically involved with filmmaker Josh Evans, son of Ali MacGraw and Robert Evans, form 1990 to 1997. He directed Natasha in the films “Inside the Goldmine” (1994) and “Glam” (1997).
Daughter of Natalie Wood
Childhood and Family:
Born Natasha Gregson on September 29, 1970, in Los Angeles, California, Natasha Gregson Wagner is the daughter of producer/screenwriter Richard Gregson and film actress Natalie Wood. Her parents divorced on August 1, 1971, after having been together for two years, and her mother remarried her first husband, actor Robert Wagner, in 1972. After the marriage, Natasha was legally adopted by her stepfather. A tragedy struck when Natalie died in 1981 by drowning. At the time, Natasha was 11 years old, and her mother was 43.
Natasha attended Crossroads Academy in Santa Monica, CA. A painter in her free time, she went to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, to study art history. However, she left school to become an actress. She later trained at Los Angeles' prestigious The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.
In December 2002, Natasha became engaged to her boyfriend, actor/writer/producer D.V. DeVincentis. The couple married on October 11, 2003. Her husband wrote the screenplay to “High Fidelity” (2000), in which Natasha starred in. They divorced on January 5, 2008.
Natasha is the half-sister of jewelry maker Courtney Wagner (born in 1974), with whom she shares her mother.
Natasha Gregson Wagner launched her acting career at age 22 by receiving roles in the independent film “Father & Sons,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of that year. She then appeared in the Kristy Swanson horror vehicle “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Dark Horse,” a drama shown at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. She made her TV movie debut the following year in the mystery “Tainted Blood,” which she followed with a supporting role as Dalton James' girlfriend, Jenny, in “The Substitute” (1993), a thriller TV movie helmed by Martin Donovan. Natasha then appeared as a waitress in “Inside the Goldmine” (1994), an independent movie directed by first timer and then-boyfriend Josh Evans. Also that year, she appeared in such movies as “Molly & Gina” (with Frances Fisher, Pete Fonda and Elizabeth Berkley), “Dead Beat,” Mary Lambert's “Dragstrip Girl” (TV), in which she starred as a girl rebelling against her parents, “S.F.W.” (opposite Reese Witherspoon and Jake Busey) and “The Shaggy Dog” (TV).
The dark-haired performer next worked in the TV films “Crosstown Traffic” (1995), “Hart to Hart: Secrets of the Hart” (1995) and in the movies “The Outpost” (1995) and “The Method” (1996) before offering memorable supporting performances in the Hart Bochner-directed comedy “High School High” (1996) and David Lynch's drama “Lost Highway” (1997). 1997 also saw her appear in George Hickenlooper's “Dogtown,” which won three awards at the 1998 Hermosa Beach Film Festival, “Quiet Days in Hollywood,” starring Hillary Swank, James Toback's “Two Girls and a Guy,” in which she starred with Heather Graham and Robert Downey Jr., the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's collection of short stories, “First Love, Last Rites,” where she costarred with Giovanni Ribisi, and “Glam,” in which she was reunited with her former lover, filmmaker Josh Evans.
In 1998, Natasha gave a well-received performance as Rosie, a junkie, in “Another Day in Paradise,” a drama directed by Larry Clark and scripted by Christopher B. Landon and Stephen Chin. The film played at the prestigious Venice, Toronto, and Berlin Beta Film Festivals with James Woods and Melanie Griffith starring as the leads Mel and Sid, respectively. After teaming up with Casper Van Dien in the made-for-TV film “Modern Vampires” (1998), Natasha hit the mainstream as Michelle Mancini in the horror flick “Urban Legends” (1998), opposite Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayheart, Michael Rosenbaum, Loretta Devine, Joshua Jackson and Tara Reid. She followed it up with a supporting role in the TV biopic “Hefner Unauthorized” (1999). In between the two films, she made guest appearances in “Ally McBeal” and “Chicago Hope.”
Entering the new millennium, Natasha was cast alongside Mackenzie Astin, Todd Field and Dina Meyer in little-seen thriller “Stranger Than Fiction” (2000), for director Eric Bross. She then appeared as one of John Cusack's women in director Stephen Frears' “High Fidelity” (2000), which was scripted by the soon-to-be-companion D.V. DeVincentis, reunited with Balthazar Getty in Danny Comden's “Sol Goode” (2001), and costarred with Jonathan Silverman in the independent movie “The Medicine Show” (2001), for director/writer Wendell Morris. She also appeared in “The Gray in Between” (2002), a romance written, directed by and starring Josh Rofé, and performed in Jake Kasdan's TV film “ Zero Effect” (2002), starring Alan Cumming, and Tommy Lee Wallace's “Vampires: Los Muertos” (2002), opposite Jon Bon Jovi and Cristián de la Fuente.
On television, Natasha was cast in the costarring role of Beth Greeley in the Fox soap opera “Pasadena,” which was created by Mike White. Debuting on September 28, 2001, the series was canceled after four episodes. Later, in 2005, the cable channel SOAPnet broadcasted “Pasadena” in totality of 13 episodes.
The actress next appeared in “Wonderland” (2003), a film that starred Val Kilmer, Kate Bosworth and Lisa Kudrow and directed by James Cox, played Maggie in the based-on-play “How Did It Feel?” (2004), and supported Meredith Baxter in the TV film “Angel in the Family” (also 2004). Natasha also landed guest spots in such TV series as “Medium,” “Cold Case” (both 2005), “ER” (2 episodes, 2006), “State of Mind” (2007), “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2008) and “House M.D.” (2008). She also played the recurring role of April Skouris in several episodes of the USA Network series “The 4400” (2005-2007).
Natasha will resume her film career with a supporting role in “The Funeral Party” (2009), which was directed by Yefim Gribov. Costars in the drama are Yekaterina Golubeva, Valentina de Angelis and Lothaire Bluteau, among others.
Golden Apple: Female Discovery of the Year, 2001