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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. Olga Petrova died in 1977 in Clearwater, Florida. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. In 1942, she published her autobiography, Butter With My Bread. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. During the 1920s, she wrote three plays and toured the country with a theater troop. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. Petrova left the film industry in 1918 but continued to act in Broadway productions.

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. During her seven years in film, Petrova appeared in more than two dozen films and wrote the script for several others. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. She went on to appear in a number of films for Solax Studios and was Metro Pictures first diva, usually given the role of a femme fatale. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. She was cast in her first silent film in 1912, a Russian production titled Ukhod velikovo startza (Departure of a Grand Old Man). She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. Born Muriel Harding in Tur Brook, England, she moved to the United States where she became a star of vaudeville using the stage name Olga Petrova.

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. Olga Petrova born May 10, 1884 - died November 30, 1977, was an actress, screenwriter and playwright. 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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