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