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Ona Munson

ONA MUNSON (American actress, b. 1903, d. 1955) Ona Munson was an improbable choice to play the whiskey-voiced prostitute with a heart of gold, Belle Watling, in "Gone With the Wind." Born Ona Wolcott in Portland, Oregon in 1903, she first came to fame on Broadway as the singing and dancing ingenue in the original production of "No, No, Nanette." She had a very successful stage and radio career in the 1930’s in New York. She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. She was typecast in similar roles, and in 1955, plagued by ill health, she committed suicide with an overdose of barbiturates in her apartment in New York.


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She was typecast in similar roles, and in 1955, plagued by ill health, she committed suicide with an overdose of barbiturates in her apartment in New York. Fields and Me (1976) and Charlotta Steele in The Electric Horseman (1979), but her career grew bumpy when she appeared in such movies as Can't Stop the Music (1980), for which she was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. C. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. She had further good roles playing Carlotta Monti in W. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. She was also nominated for the 1979 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress playing Eve Teschmacher in Superman (1978).

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. In 1975, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for playing Honey Bruce in Lenny (1974), for which she was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. She made her motion picture debut with an uncredited part in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), then played the soft-core porn actress Montana Wildhack in Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. Perrine began her career as a Las Vegas showgirl. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. Born in Galveston, Texas, her father was a military officer and they traveled from base to base throughout the world.

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. Valerie Perrine (born September 3, 1943) is an American actress. 1955) Ona Munson was an improbable choice to play the whiskey-voiced prostitute with a heart of gold, Belle Watling, in "Gone With the Wind." Born Ona Wolcott in Portland, Oregon in 1903, she first came to fame on Broadway as the singing and dancing ingenue in the original production of "No, No, Nanette." She had a very successful stage and radio career in the 1930’s in New York. 1903, d. ONA MUNSON (American actress, b.

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