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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. Adapted from the article Pérette Pradier (http://www.wikinfo.org/wiki.phtml?title=P%E9rette_Pradier), from Wikinfo, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. In 1994, she did the voice of "Sarafina" in the French Version of Disney Studios animated feature film, "The Lion King.". Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. In her long career, Perrette Pradier has also worked in live theatre, appearing in plays such as La Bonne Addresse as well as the longest running French play ever produced, Boeing Boeing . Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. In 1968 she returned to English language filming in the Universal Studios thriller, "House of Cards" with Orson Welles and George Peppard.

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. Throughout the 1960s, she appeared in a number of films in her native France, then was contracted for Hollywood productions that included the Fred Zinnemann directed 1964 film "Behold a Pale Horse" starring luminaries Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and Omar Sharif. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. Two years after making her film debut, in 1961 Perrette Pradier was awarded the prestigious Prix Suzanne Bianchetti as most promising new actress in France for her performance as "Amenita" in the Sacha Guitry film, "Stop Thief." That year she gained further recognition for her role as "Constance Bonacieux" in two films based on the Three Musketeers. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. Perrette Pradier, born April 17, 1938, is a French actress. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. Les Scélérats (The Wretches) (1959).

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. La Brune que voilà (There Is the Brunette) (1960). 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. Au voleur (Stop Thief) (1960). 1903, d. L' Affaire Nabob (1960). ONA MUNSON (American actress, b. Les Trois mousquetaires: Les ferrets de la reine (The Fighting Musketeers) (1961).

Les Trois mousquetaires: La vengeance de Milady (Vengeance of the Three Musketeers) (1961). Le Jeu de la vérité (The Game of Truth) (1961). Les Amours de Paris (Paris Loves) (1961). Les Sept péchés capitaux (The Seven Deadly Sins) (1962).

La Chambre ardente (The Burning Court) (1962). Le Crime ne paie pas (Crime Does Not Pay) (1962). Les Saintes nitouches (Wild Living) (1962). Blague dans le coin (1963).

Des frissons partout (Jeff Gordon, Secret Agent) (1963). Behold a Pale Horse (1964). L' Amour à la chaine (Tight Skirts, Loose Pleasures) (1964). Furia à Bahia pour OSS 117 (OSS 117: Mission for a Killer) (1965).

L' Homme d'Istamboul (That Man in Istanbul) (1965). Le Judoka, agent secret (Judoka-Secret Agent) (1966). Au théâtre ce soir: Boléro (1968) (TV). House of Cards (1968).

Céleste (1970). Le Temps de vivre, le temps d'aimer (1973) TV Miniseries. Le Comédien (1976) (TV). Comme une femme (1980).

Les Dalton en cavale (1983) (voice). Fiével et le nouveau monde (An American tail) (1986). Le Roi Lion (The Lion King) (1994) (voice).

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