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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. After having performed in 105 films Marie Prevost has now been honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6201 Hollywood Blvd. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. Her body was not discovered for days, and the police report stated that her pet dachshund "had chewed up her arms and legs in a futile attempt to awaken her." Her pauper's burial place is unknown. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. At the age of 38, almost penniless, and living alone in a rundown apartment house, Marie Prevost died of alcoholism and malnutrition. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. The downward spiral became greatly aggravated when her weight problems forced her into repeated crash dieting in order to keep whatever bit part a movie studio offered.

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. By 1934, she had no work at all and her financial situation deteriorated dramatically. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. As a result of all this, her income declined and her growing dependency on alcohol added to her weight problems. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. By the 1930s she was working less and less being offered only secondary parts, frequently in humiliating roles as a cheap-talking floozy. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. However, her depression caused her to binge on food resulting in significant weight gain.

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. She tried to get past her personal torment by burying herself in her work, becoming one of the busiest actresses of the day, starring in numerous roles as the temptingly beautiful seductress who in the end was always the honorable heroine. 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. Devastated, the loss of her only remaining parent led to an addiction to alcohol and to Marie Prevost's own ultimate destruction. 1903, d. While her mother was traveling in Florida with actress Vera Steadman and another Canadian friend, Hollywood studio owner, Al Christie, an automobile accident took her mother's life. ONA MUNSON (American actress, b. But, just when her career was blossoming, tragedy struck her family again in 1926.

This impressive performance, praised by the New York Times, resulted in Lubitsch casting her in Three Women in 1924 and in Kiss Me Again the following year. Of her performance as the beautiful seductress, Ernst Lubitsch said that she was one of the few actresses in Hollywood who knew how to underplay comedy to achieve the maximum effect. Her performance brought good reviews and director Ernst Lubitsch chose her for a major role opposite Adolphe Menjou in The Marriage Circle. Scott Fitzgerald story, The Beautiful and the Damned.

It was there that she got her first big break appearing in a standout role in the F. At Universal, Marie Prevost was still relegated to light comedies and after making only eight films she left to sign with Warner Brothers in 1922. Placed in numerous minor comedic roles as the sexy, innocent young girl, she worked in several films for Sennett's studio until 1921 when she signed with Universal Studios. Himself from a small town outside Montreal, Mack Sennett dubbed her as the exotic French girl, adding Mary Dunn to his collection of bathing beauties under the stage name of Marie Prevost.

While working as a secretary, the girl applied and obtained an acting job at the Hollywood studio owned by Mack Sennett. Following the early death of her beloved father, she moved with her mother and sister to Los Angeles, California. Born Mary Bickford Dunn in Sarnia, Ontario, she was educated in a Catholic convent school in Montreal, Quebec. Marie Prevost (November 8, 1898 - January 23, 1937) was an actress of the early days of cinema.

Ten Laps To Go - (1937) - (Her final film). Tango - (1936 ). Hands Across the Table - (1935). Keystone Hotel - (1935).

The Eleventh Commandment - (1933). Parole Girl - (1933). Strange Marriage - (1932). Hell Divers - (1931).

Slightly Married - (1932). Reckless Living - (1931). The Good Bad Girl - (1931). The Runaround - (1931).

War Nurse - (1930). Sweethearts on Parade - (1930). Ladies of Leisure - (1930). Party Girl - (1930).

The Sideshow - (1930). The Flying Fool - (1929 ). Godless Girl - (1929). Rush Hour - (1928).

A Blonde for a Night - (1928). The Girl in the Pullman - (1927). Getting Gertie's Garter - (1927). The Rush Hour - (1927).

Getting Gertie's Garter - (1927). Up In Mabel's Room - (1926). Kiss Me Again - (1925). The Marriage Circle - (1924).

Three Women - (1924). The Beautiful and the Damned - (1923). Red Lights - (1922). Her Night of Nights - (1922).

Kissed - (1922). The Crossroads of New York - (1922). Don't Get Personal - (1922). A Parisian Scandal - (1921).

Princess Virtue - (1921). Nobody's Fool - (1921). Love, Honor and Behave - (1920). Down on the Farm - (1920).

When Love is Blind - (1919). Yankee Doodle in Berlin - (1919). The Village Chestnut - (1918). Hide and Seek Detectives - (1918).

His Hidden Purpose - (1918). His Smothered Love - (1918). She Loved Him Plenty - (1918). Her Nature Dance - (1917).

Two Crooks - (1917).

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