Natasha, an appealing, still exotic name, entered the American mainstream post-Cold War, but seems to have peaked in the eighties; replaced by the more straightforward Natalie. Singer Tori Amos came up with the unusual variation Natashya for her daughter. The Barack Obamas shorten their Natasha's name to Sasha.
Cultural references range from the central character in Tolstoy's War and Peace to Chekhov's Three Sisters and some of his short stories to comix heroine agent Natasha Romanoff, and was seen on screen in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers.
Natasha was a Top 100 name throughout the eighties.
Natalie Wood named her daughter Natasha.