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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. Mitchell apparently has made enough claims about being married to Pressly that some sources have reported it as fact. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. Pressly, who has never married, has stated she has heard of Mitchell but does not know him. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. One persistent rumor is that Pressly married a man named Brodie Mitchell in 1998. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. Pressly has posed nude for the March 1998 and February 2004 issues of Playboy.

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. As a result, she was offered the lead in the 1997 sequel, Poison Ivy: The New Seduction. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. Pressly worked as Drew Barrymore's body double in the film Poison Ivy. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. Pressly had herself legally emancipated from her parents at the age of 15. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. Pressly studied gymnastics and dancing in her youth and began modeling at an early age.

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. Jaime Lynn Pressly was born in Kinston, North Carolina, USA. 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. Jaime Pressly (born July 30, 1977) is an American model and actress. 1903, d. Unleashed (2003). ONA MUNSON (American actress, b. Torque (2003).

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