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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. Phillips continues to act in movies and in television today. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. Phillips is renowned for her pulchritude and youthful appearance which she attributes, in part, to staying completely away from direct sunlight. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. they were the happiest days of my life.". Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. Of that marriage, Phillips said: "I will say this about Dennis Hopper: We were married for eight days and truly..

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. Phillips married actor Dennis Hopper in 1970 for eight days. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. The ill-will between the members was so embedded, however, that the band broke up soon after her return. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. Her presence was missed by fans, however, so she was invited back into the band. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. Fellow band member, Cass Elliott (the other "Mama"), was in love with Doherty, a fact Michelle was well aware of, so her affair with Doherty was a betrayal to half of the band.

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. After Michelle started dating a member of the rival band The Byrds, she was kicked out of the band. 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. Phillip's infidelity, ultimately, led to the break-up of The Mamas & the Papas. 1903, d. The couple divorced in 1970 after her infidelity with co-band member Denny Doherty and others. ONA MUNSON (American actress, b. She helped him co-write some of the band's most popular hits, including "Monday, Monday" and "California Dreamin'." They had one child together, Chynna Phillips, who went on to found the singing group Wilson Phillips (along with Beach Boys children Wendy and Carnie Wilson).

Michelle married fellow Mamas & Papas member John Phillips in 1962. She later gained fame for appearances on several television series, such as Knots Landing. She gained fame as a member of the popular 1960s singing group The Mamas & the Papas. The blonde beauty was born Holly Michelle Gilliam in Long Beach, California.

Michelle Phillips (born June 4, 1944) is an American singer and actress.

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