|Born:||March 1, 1946|
Santa Monica, California, USA
|Bra/cup size:||36D (80D)|
|Height:||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
Lana Wood (born March 1, 1946) is an American actress and producer. She was born to Russian émigré parents, Nikolai and Maria Zakharenko, and is the younger sister of actress Natalie Wood. She made her film debut in the classic John Wayne western The Searchers (1956) and was a regular on the soap opera Peyton Place. She has acted in over 20 movies and has appeared in some 300 television shows. She is best known for her role as Plenty O'Toole in the 1971 James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever.
Lana Wood's parents were Russian, but they grew up far from their homeland: her father lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, while her mother grew up in a Chinese province. After her parents were married, they settled in Santa Monica, California, where Lana was born. By this time her parents had legally changed their surname to Gurdin. Her older sister is actress Natalie Wood. They have a half-sister, Olga.
As a baby, Lana appeared in Driftwood (1947), but her scene was deleted from the final version of the film. Lana's first significant film role was in the 1956 western classic The Searchers (1956), which starred John Wayne and also featured Lana's sister Natalie. Their mother Maria had picked Natalie's stage name (her real name was Natasha) after director Sam Wood. Maria was asked under what last name Lana should be credited, and Maria agreed it would be best if she could be credited as "Wood," like her famous sister. As a child, she also made guest apperances in Playhouse 90 (1957), The Real McCoys (1958) and appeared in the film Marjorie Morningstar (1958).
Early on in her adult career, Wood usually played bit parts in films Natalie appeared in. Starting in the 1960s, her own career landed off. After appearing in the shortlived drama series The Long, Hot Summer, she landed in the role of Sandy Webber in the soap series Peyton Place. She played the role from 1966 to 1967.
In 1970, Lana Glyde was approached to pose for Playboy by Hugh Hefner and agreed. The Playboy pictures appeared in the April 1971 issue, along with Wood's poetry. Even though her sister strongly disapproved of Wood's move to pose nude, the publicity was a major reason for her being cast as a Bond girl, Plenty O'Toole, in the 1971 James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever.
Wood has acted in more than 20 other films and over 300 television shows throughout her career, including The Fugitive, Bonanza, Mission: Impossible, Police Story, Starsky and Hutch, and Capitol. Some of her other film roles have been in the Disney film Justin Morgan Had a Horse (1972) and the western Grayeagle (1977). After appearing in the horror film Demon Rage (1982), she retired from acting, concentrating on her career as a producer.
In 1984, Wood published the controversial tell-all book Natalie, A Memoir by Her Sister, shortly after the tragic death of her sister. The book reached #3 on the New York Times Bestseller List. In 2004, she produced the biopic The Mystery of Natalie Wood. She recently returned to acting and has several projects in production.
Lana has been married five times. She was briefly married at age 16 to Jack Wrather Jr. before their marriage was annulled. At age 18, she was briefly wed to Karl Brent. At age 21, she was briefly wed to Steve Oliver. Lana married a fourth time to Richard Smedley in 1973. They have a daughter, Evan Taylor Maldonado, born on August 11, 1974. In her memoir, Lana claims that Smedley hit her on occasions. They later divorced, and Wood married a fifth time to Alan Balter, whom she also divorced.
Wood was romantically involved with actors Warren Beatty, Ryan O'Neal and Sean Connery. Wood's memoir includes very in-depth, vividly detailed stories of her sexual encounters and affairs.
Lana's father, Nick Gurdin, died on November 18, 1980. A year later, her sister Natalie drowned near Catalina Island on November 29, 1981. Lana has said of her sister: "I cry for her often. I expect I always will". Later on, their mother Maria had several health issues and later moved in with Lana and her family. Maria Gurdin died on January 6, 1998.
After Wood published her tell-all memoir, her brother-in-law Robert Wagner broke off contact with Lana and her family. Wagner later married actress Jill St. John, who was a childhood friend of Natalie's and co-starred with Lana in Diamonds Are Forever. In the spring of 2000, the women became involved in an altercation during a cover shoot for Vanity Fair featuring the Bond Girls. Lana cooperated with author Suzanne Finstad on her biography of Natalie, Natasha, which provides an extremely negative view of Wagner.
Lana currently lives in Thousand Oaks, California. She has three grandchildren: grandsons, Nicholas and Max, and a granddaughter, Daphne.
- Natalie, A Memoir by Her Sister. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1984. ISBN 0399129030
- The Searchers - (1956), Debbie Edwards (younger)
- Five Finger Exercise - (1962), Mary
- The Fool Killer - (1965), Alice
- The Girls on the Beach - (1965), Bonnie
- The Long, Hot Summer - (TV) (1965-1966), Eula Harker
- Peyton Place - (TV) (1966-1967), Sandy Webber - unknown episodes
- For Singles Only - (1968), Helen Todd
- Scream Free! - (1969), Karen
- Black Water Gold - (TV) (1970), Eagan Ryan
- The Over-the-Hill Gang Rides Again - (TV) (1970), Katie Flavin
- O'Hara, U.S. Treasury - (TV) (1971), Fran Harper
- Diamonds Are Forever - (1971), Plenty O'Toole
- Justin Morgan Had a Horse - (1972), Kathleen
- A Place Called Today - (1972), Carolyn Schneider
- QB VII - (TV miniseries) (1974), Sue Scanlon
- Who Is the Black Dahlia? - (TV) (1975), Boarder
- Nightmare in Badham County - (TV) (1976), Smitty
- Corey: For the People - (TV) (1977), Janet Hanley
- Speedtrap - (1977) New Blossom
- Greyeagle - (1977) Beth Colter
- A Question of Guilt - (TV) (1978), Elizabeth Carson
- Captain America - (TV) (1979), Yolanda
- Captain America II: Death Too Soon - (TV) (1979), Yolanda
- Born to Be Sold - (1981) (TV) (assistant to executive producer)
- Satan's Mistress - (1982), Lisa
- Murder Me, Murder You - (TV) (1983) - associate producer
- Capitol - (TV series) (1983), Fran Burke - unknown episodes
- The Mystery of Natalie Wood - (TV) (2004) - co-producer
- Wild Michigan - (2008), Opal
Big tit movies / pictures of Lana Wood
- Playboy Cyber Club Lana Wood (Playboy Playmate and Cyber Girl pictures & movies)
- Paul, Louis (2008). "Lana Wood", Tales From the Cult Film Trenches; Interviews with 36 Actors from Horror, Science Fiction and Exploitation Cinema. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 300–306. ISBN 978-0-7864-2994-3.