Natalie Wood, Audrey Christie, "Splendor in the Grass" (1961)

Directed by Elia Kazan, the 1961 film “Splendor in the Grass” won an Oscar for Best Writing, and Natalie Wood was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Actress for her excellent portrayal of mentally and emotionally vulnerable high school senior Wilma Dean Loomis. Film newcomer Warren Beatty won a Golden Globe for his performance as her boyfriend Bud Stamper, the son of a prosperous family in town. Other cast members included Pat Hingle, Audrey Christie, Barbara Loden, Zohra Lampert, and Fred Stewart. The film is based on an original screenplay by American novelist and playwright William Inge.

 

Synopsis:

A fragile Kansas girl’s love for a handsome young man from the town’s most powerful family drives her to heartbreak and madness.

 

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