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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. She has recently been seen in the film, Captain Corelli's Mandolin and is currently working in theatre in Portugal. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. She began her early career in Greece achieving widespread fame in that country before staring internationally renowned films such as The Guns of Navarone, Zorba the Greek and critically acclaimed films such as Z and Elektra. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. Irene Papas was born as Irene Lelekou in Corinth, Greece. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. Irene Papas (born September 3, 1929) is a Greek-born actress who has starred in over 70 films with a career spanning over 50 years.

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build.

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. 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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