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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. An irony: Betsy's brother's widow married the older brother of the Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. She is buried in the Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. Betsy returned to Baltimore with her son, Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. Jerome gave in to his brother, returned to the French Navy and married a German princess.

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. She gave birth to a son in 1805, in London. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. Jerome returned to France with Betsy but she was denied landing in continental Europe. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. Jerome's brother Napoleon ordered his brother back to France and had the marriage annulled. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. They were married on December 24, 1803, at a ceremony presided over by the Archbishop of Baltimore.

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. He was a Catholic, and the wealthiest man in Maryland after Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. 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. Elizabeth's father, William, had been born in Ireland and came to North America prior to the American Revolutionary War. 1903, d. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte (1785-1879), known as "Betsy", was the daughter of a Baltimore, Maryland merchant, and was the first wife of Jerome Bonaparte, and sister-in-law of Emperor Napoleon I of France. ONA MUNSON (American actress, b.

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