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Ona Munson

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. Page was married to actor Rip Torn from 1961 until her death. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. In all, despite her relatively small filmography, Page received eight Academy Award nominations. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. Her first movie role, in Hondo, garnered her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. Born in Kirksville, Missouri, she was known more as a Broadway actress than as a Hollywood star.

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. Geraldine Page (November 22, 1924 - June 13, 1987) was an American actress. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. 1954 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Hondo. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. 1962 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role for Summer and Smoke. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. 1963 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role for Sweet Bird of Youth.

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. 1967 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for You're a Big Boy Now. 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. 1973 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Pete 'n' Tillie. 1903, d. 1979 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role for Interiors. ONA MUNSON (American actress, b. 1985 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Pope of Greenwich Village.

1986 - Won Best Actress in a Leading Role for The Trip to Bountiful.

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