How Lana Wood’s new movie inspired her after being homeless

Lana Wood’s new film marks a comeback after surviving a shocking spell of homelessness in 2017.

The veteran actress, 76, stars in the indie film Dog Boy as Vera Summers – a self-absorbed Hollywood actress on the brink of financial bankruptcy until she meets a cab driver who changes her outlook on life.

Wood – who notably played Plenty O’Toole opposite Sean Connery’s James Bond in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever – has been very open about her economic struggles and how the film helped her get back on her feet.

“It touched so many parts of me,” the little sister of the late, great Natalie Wood told Fox New Digital. “I identified with so many things that the character was going through or had gone through. There were moments when it could have been me. It fascinated me. Scared me. But it was really great to do that.”

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In 2017, Wood lived in a small motel room with her daughter, son-in-law, and their three children.
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Actress Natalie Wood and her sister Lana Wood pose for a portrait at home in Los Angeles, CA.
Natalie Wood and her little sister Lana posed for a portrait at their Los Angeles home in 1955.
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Wood went through some tough times a few years ago while living in a motel with her daughter, Evan Taylor Maldonado, her son-in-law, three grandchildren, and their two dogs.

The family could not pay the rent for their house and had to move out.

Wood — a mainstay on ’60s TV shows like The Long, Hot Summer and Peyton Place — said her Dog Boy character touched her soul for obvious reasons.

“I remember when [Vera] said she was going to lose her home,” she noted. “She was in a situation where she would lose her home. That really blew my mind. It was a bit sad sometimes. But what a wonderful experience.”

Unfortunately, Wood experienced more heartache in 2017 when her only daughter died of heart failure at the age of 42. She later had a friend set up a GoFundMe, which raised almost $40,000 to help with medical bills and other expenses.

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Lana Wood in a promotional shot of Peyton Place, the 1960’s nighttime soap opera.
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Lana Wood, left, poses with her daughter Evan Taylor Maldonado September 28, 2000 in Thousand Oaks, CA. Lana is the sister of the late actress Natalie Wood. Evan lives with her mother and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Maldonado says actor Robert Wagner, the husband of her late aunt Natalie Wood, turned his back on her by ignoring her request for financial help for her medical treatments, which strained her family's resources. (Photo by Paul Harris/Newsmaker)
Lana Wood poses with her daughter Evan Taylor Maldonado in 2000.
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Despite her pain, Wood thanks her fans for helping her survive. “I never thought people would help. I’m very grateful. You have my heart,” she gushed.

Wood now lives in her home with her grandchildren and dogs and cats.

“We have each other. We argue about cooking and eating. One of the kids is homeschooled and I’m there with him trying to understand algebra. But I’m very happy,” added the Peyton Place star.

Wood has done many projects and has appeared in a number of television roles over the course of her 50+ year career. However, she told Fox Digital that returning to a film set was “scary and a little overwhelming.”

“This is a small independent film with a huge crew – but it felt like coming home. I’ve made friends with everyone. I got over my nerves.”

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Emma Bowman

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