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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. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6340 Hollywood Blvd. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. In 1967 she starred in the television series Bracken's World, and then in several made-for-television movies. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. Parker never became a big name in Hollywood, despite numerous movies and Oscar nominations. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. Her most memorable screen role was as "The Baroness" (Baroness Elsa Schrader) in "The Sound Of Music" 1965.

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. She broke the champagne bottle on the nose of the inaugural trainset for the California Zephyr in San Francisco, CA on March 19, 1949. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. In 1950 she received the first of three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress, for Caged, in which she played a prison inmate. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. By 1946 she had starred in Between Two Worlds, Hollywood Canteen, Pride of the Marines and Of Human Bondage. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. Born in Cedarville, Ohio, she was signed by Warner Brothers in 1941 and debuted that year in They Died With Their Boots On.

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. Eleanor Parker (born June 26, 1922) is an American actress. 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. 1951 - Caged. 1903, d. 1952 - Detective Story. ONA MUNSON (American actress, b. 1956 - Interrupted Melody.

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