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Police to Re-Open Natalie Wood’s Death

Police to Re-Open Natalie Wood’s Death (photo)

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced that it is re-opening the investigation into the 1981 death of actress Natalie Wood. While the coroner originally ruled the death an accident, new evidence has come to light that has them thinking otherwise — and taking a good hard look at the actress’ husband, actor Robert Wagner.

The circumstances surrounding the young actress’ death have long been considered suspect. She disappeared from a yacht off of Catalina Island where she had been drinking — and arguing — with Wagner, her “Brainstorm” co-star Christopher Walken (yes, that Christopher Walken), the ship’s captain, Dennis Davern, and others. Her body was discovered the next morning about a mile away from the yacht with the ship’s dinghy beached nearby. At the time the coroner categorized her death as an accident, assuming she had slipped off the boat while trying to launch the dinghy.

On Friday, almost 30 years to they day after the incident, Davern told the Today Show that he lied to investigators about Natalie Wood’s mysterious death. When the show’s host David Gregory asked Davern, “Was the fight between Natalie Wood and her husband Robert Wagner what ultimately led to her death?” He replied, “Yes.” This isn’t the first time Davern has told his tale, having been interviewed by Vanity Fair in 2000 and Geraldo in 1992, but for the first time, the LA sheriff’s department thinks he “made comments worthy of exploring.”

Wood, a three-time Oscar nominee most known for her roles in “West Side Story,” ”Rebel Without a Cause” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” was 43 when she died. She and Wagner, star of the TV series “Hart to Hart,” were married twice, first in 1957 and again in 1972.

According to the LA Times, Wagner released a statement through his spokesman expressing support for a new investigation into his wife’s death.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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