Beautiful Girls goes into wide release in February 1996. Natalie's performance gets rave reviews.
· 1996: January Isaac Mizrahi ad campaign
· 1996: February 1 Second appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman
· 1996: February 7 The Daily Bruin
· 1996: February 8 USA Today
· 1996: February 11 Los Angeles Times
· 1996: February 16 Non-appearance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien
· 1996: February 22 Appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
· 1996: March Interview magazine
· 1996: March Sassy magazine
· 1996: March Appearance on Good Morning America
Natalie is next cast in Romeo + Juliet opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, but studio executives looking at tapes of the rehearsals tell the director she looks too young, and she's replaced with Claire Danes. On a more positive note, George Lucas signs her up as 'Bride of Vader' for his new Star Wars trilogy and Robert Redford casts her in his movie of The Horse Whisperer. In the meantime she shoots tiny (and bad) parts in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!
· 1996: June 8 1996 MTV Movie Awards
· 1996: August 15 1996 Crystal Awards
· 1996: October Harper's & Queen magazine
Everyone Says I Love You and Mars Attacks! both open in late 1996 and close soon after. The production of The Horse Whisperer is delayed several times, and Natalie pulls out of it, and instead decides to make her Broadway debut in a new version of The Diary of Anne Frank.
· 1996: November 28 Third appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman
· 1996: December 6 Premiere of "Everyone Says I Love You"
· 1996: December 12 Premiere of "Mars Attacks!"
· 1997 release Diablo startup screen "easter egg"
· 1997 broadcast Late Night with Conan O'Brien "If they mated..."
· 1997: February Movie magazine
· 1997: February TV Hits magazine
· 1997: April Star magazine