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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. The couple have two children, a son and a daughter. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. They are both Scientologists. Preston has never used the last name Travolta in public. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. In 1991, Preston married John Travolta, to whom she remains married. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. She was discovered at the age of 16 by a photographer.

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. Preston had a modeling career when she was a teenager. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. She was born in Hawai'i. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. Kelly Preston (born October 13, 1962), is an American actress. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983).

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. Christine (1983). 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. Secret Admirer (1985). 1903, d. Mischief (1985). ONA MUNSON (American actress, b. SpaceCamp (1986).

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