Monday, May 20, 2024

New York Times Adds Several Corrections to Last Sunday’s Article about Natalie Wood’s Sister, Lana Wood, After Publication


The New York Times Styles section has been busy adding corrections to their cover story from last Sunday. When the article, “Lana Wood, Natalie’s Little Sister,” was printed, it was accompanied by one correction. But online, the correction was expanded to include more errors made by the mysterious author, Elinor Blake. Blake, whoever she is, has never published an article before, has no writing credits. As I reported on Sunday, Blake may be an illustrator and animator. She has no resume as a journalist. And the result seems to be all the corrections.

Still unclear is why the Times even published the story. Lana Wood has a long history of selling her accusations against her former brother in law, Robert Wagner. She’s made noise for 38 years without any actual evidence. Very strange.

Here’s the latest correction online:

An earlier version of this article misidentified the person responsible for the casting of the Wood sisters in “The Searchers.” John Ford was the director, not John Huston. The article also misidentified the law enforcement organization that employs Detective Ralph Hernandez and mischaracterized one of his statements. He works for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, not the Los Angeles Police Department, and he said that the coroner could not rule out that Natalie Wood was unconscious before she hit the water, not that he could not rule out that she was dead. And the article misstated the names of Ms. Wood’s nieces. They are Courtney Wagner and Natasha Gregson Wagner.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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