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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.
. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. O'Brien has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard, and for television at 1620 Vine St. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. (from 1959 to 1968), and later to Roy Thorsen (that marriage produced her only child, Mara Tolene Thorsen, born in 1977). Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. She has been married twice, to Harold Allen, Jr.

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. However, she does do occasional interviews, mostly for the Turner Classic Movies cable network. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. O'Brien's acting roles as an adult have been rare, but mostly in independent films. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. Her other successes included The Canterville Ghost (1944) and Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), but she was unable to make the transition to adult roles. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. O'Brien had by this time, added singing and dancing to her achievements and was rewarded with an Academy Juvenile Award the following year.

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. Louis (1944), opposite Judy Garland. 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 played a young French girl, and spoke and sang all her dialogue with a French accent, in Jane Eyre (1944). Arguably her most memorable role was as "Tootie" in Meet Me in St. 1903, d. As a five year old in Journey for Margaret (1942), O'Brien won wide praise for her convincing acting style. ONA MUNSON (American actress, b. Born Angela Maxine O'Brien, she made her first film appearance in a short film at the age of four, but it was the following year that her first major role brought her widespread attention.

Margaret O'Brien (born January 15, 1937 in San Diego, California) is an American film actress, and although her career was brief, was one of the most highly regarded child actors in cinema history.

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