I met her while playing a guest star role on Hart to Hart, staring Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers. Natalie carried herself with grace and ease. She was so lovely and feminine. But there was something else that made her even more glamorous in my eyes. She was kind.
Natalie introduced herself and we chatted for a while. My attention was called back to the shoot. Right after we finished, Robert Wagner came over to me and said, “My wife and I would like to take you out to lunch.” I was delighted. We ate a delicious lunch and spoke as peers. I was treated with the utmost respect.
Let’s face it. I was a 24 year-old nobody. I had a small part on one episode of her husband’s show. Natalie Wood was a star! She had no reason to notice me, but she did. She didn’t have to be considerate, but she was.
In contrast, Stephanie Powers never said a word to me. She exuded a hardness and a self-centeredness that overpowered any glamour she might have possessed. These two women were quite a contrast. When I get too caught up in myself, I stop and ask, “Am I being glamorous right now? Am I being kind or demanding?” I take a deep breath and allow myself to soften into my own version of Natalie; a woman who was such a lady, and the vision of sophisticated glamour that started from within her and cast a spell on everyone in her presence.