That same year, she starred in another troubled romance, proved to be a hit.
Wood did all her own dancing in this popular musical, but her singing was done by Marni Nixon, a Broadway performer.
Some objected to this explanation, as Wood had a lifelong fear of the water.
Her family and friends gathered at Los Angeles's Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery to say good-bye to the lovely, yet troubled, star.
Director Sydney Pollack said that Wood "was a sensational actress, often underrated because she was a 'movie star' and as pretty as she was.
She had a combination of vulnerability and a kind of aura."At the age of 16, Wood began filming one of her most famous films.
The 18-year-old star wed actor Robert Wagner, eight years her senior, in 1957.
The couple became a favorite subject in fan magazines.
She dated actor Dennis Hopper, hotel dynasty heir Nicky Hilton, and even singer Elvis Presley.
Her first marriage in the 1950s also attracted much media coverage.
The union, unfortunately, did not last, with the pair splitting up in 1962.