Courtney Wagner, the only daughter of the late Natalie Wood and actor Robert Wagner, has been arrested for cocaine and heroin possession after police responded to a domestic dispute at her home that involved gunfire.
The 38-year-old former jewelry designer — who was just 7 years old when her famous mother drowned on a weekend trip to Catalina Island in California — was taken into custody last Sunday at her Malibu home when officers responded to a call that a woman at the residence was screaming and there was gunfire, reports TMZ. Courtney was arrested on suspicion of felony drug possession for reportedly having cocaine and heroin. The other person involved, an unidentified male, was also arrested for negligent discharge of a firearm.
She later posted $10,000 bail and was released.
Although her parents and stepmother, Jill St. John, all have ties to showbiz, Courtney opted not to follow in their acting footsteps. Instead, she created a high-end jewelry line called Wagner and Ko, with her childhood best friend Anita Ko. The line, which launched in 2001, developed a huge following with celebrities from Cameron Diaz to Gwyneth Paltrow before they shut down the business in 2006. Neither woman discussed why they dissolved the partnership, but Ko’s bio on her website doesn’t mention Courtney by name saying only that Ko “started Wagner & Ko with ‘a friend.'” It’s unclear what Courtney has been doing professionally since then.
As far as her love life, Courtney dated actor Stephen Dorff for several years and they appeared together on the cover of the May 1993 issue of Interview. She later had a relationship with Max LeRoy, whose family owned New York’s iconic Tavern on the Green. They were said to have been engaged when LeRoy died in a 2005 motorcycle accident at the age of 30. Despite the fact she opted out of showbiz, her celebrity friends included Nicole Richie, who she has been photographed with at several events through the years.
Courtney’s famous parents were married twice—first from 1957 to 1962 then again in 1972 after Wood’s brief marriage to Richard Gregson ended. Courtney was born during their second shot at marriage, in 1974, and was still a young child when her mother drowned under mysterious circumstances in 1981 while aboard her boat with Wagner and her “Brainstorm” co-star Christopher Walken. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced last November than “new evidence” about Wood’s death had prompted them to reopen the case. However, in January it was closed again after nothing materialized.
“I don’t remember very much about my mother,” Courtney, who also has two half sisters, said during an interview in 2004. “I do remember her laugh and the way she [smelled], and I remember her hands — things like that that made me feel close to her.”
In the same interview, she was asked if she had difficultly being the daughter of two such iconic figures. “A lot of people ask me if there’s any pressure living up to the Wagner name, but I don’t think so,” she said. “The only pressure I would ever feel is, I would always want my family to be proud of me. I just want my dad to feel he raised a solid person to be compassionate and care about the things that he cared about.”