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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. The first cloned mammal was a sheep named "Dolly" in honor of Dolly Parton, because it was cloned from a mammary cell. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW. Library of Congress for her contributions to the cultural heritage of the United States. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. On April 14, 2004, she was awarded the Living Legend medal by U.S. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. She has recorded several times with Melissa Etheridge.
The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. Parton has said that as a little girl she always idolized the outcasts in her town (such as prostitutes, whose long fingernails and big blonde wigs inspired Parton) and that has continued in her adult years. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. Parton is unique among country music stars in that she is admired and acclaimed by fans from all walks of life, and has strong ties to the gay community. But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. Although she has admitted to having some amount of cosmetic surgery (notably a breast lift), rumors that she has also had some breast augmentation surgery remain unsubstantiated. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. She reportedly turned down several offers to pose for Playboy magazine and similar publications.
She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. She often mocked this reputation with quips such as "I would have burned my bra in the 60s but it would have taken the fire department three days to put it out" or "the reason I have a small waist and small feet is that nothing grows well in the shade". 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. Parton's physical trademark is her large bust. 1903, d. After being dropped by country radio stations' playlists in the mid-1990s she re-discovered her roots by recording a series of critically acclaimed bluegrass albums including Grammy Award-winning Little Sparrow (2001) which was the theme tune of the very popular movie of the same name. ONA MUNSON (American actress, b. In 1981, Parton also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for the title track to the film Nine to Five.
As Parton owned the song, she raked in huge profits from Houston's cover. Houston's version became the best-selling hit written and performed by a female vocalist, with worldwide sales of 12 million. In 1992, "I Will Always Love You" was performed by Whitney Houston on The Bodyguard soundtrack. In 1982, Parton recorded a second version of that song for the film The Best Little Whorehouse of Texas; the second version proved to be another #1 C&W hit and also managed to reach the pop charts going to US #53.
Parton refused and that decision is credited with helping make her many millions of dollars in royalties over the years. Dolly was interested until Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, told her she would have to sign over some of the profits if Elvis recorded the song. Around the same time, Elvis Presley wanted to cover the song. In 1974, her version of "I Will Always Love You" was released going up to #1 on the C&W charts, though it never charted anywhere else.
Her Coat of Many Colors has become a classic in the field, as have a number of others. Parton is a hugely successful songwriter, having begun by writing country songs with strong elements of folk music in them based upon her upbringing in humble mountain surroundings. Parton thus put something back into the community where she was born and raised. This region of the U.S., like most areas of Appalachia, traditionally has been characterized by economic poverty.
She invested much of her earnings into business ventures in her native East Tennessee, notably Pigeon Forge which includes a theme park named Dollywood, resulting in a thriving tourism industry drawing visitors from large parts of the southeastern and midwestern US, notably, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. Parton is also a shrewd businesswoman. Her last starring role was in 1992's Straight Talk, with James Woods. Parton was very selective about her future film material, but did have successes in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and in a supporting role in Steel Magnolias.
Parton agreed to be in the film, and went on to steal the notices and score a major hit with the title song. She felt Parton was perfect for the role. Fonda was looking for a brassy Southern woman for a supporting role in her new film, 9 to 5. In 1980 Parton was sitting next to actress Jane Fonda on a plane.
Her work of the late 1990s and beyond has moved towards bluegrass and more traditional folk styles. Despite originally being typecast in many circles as a "Country and Western" singer, Parton later had even greater commercial success as a pop singer and actress. She took to the Nashville Sound many traditional, folkloric elements from East Tennessee and popular music. She moved to Nashville in 1964, and in 1967 was invited to join the weekly syndicated country music television program hosted by Porter Wagoner, with whom she became half of a highly successful duet team.
Born in Sevierville, Tennessee, the fourth of 12 children, she started her entertainment career singing on local radio and television in eastern Tennessee. Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American country music singer, songwriter and actress. Nine to Five (1980). The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).
Rhinestone (1984). Steel Magnolias (1989). Straight Talk (1992). 1983 "Islands in the Stream" (with Kenny Rogers) #1 US, #7 UK.
1981 "9 to 5" #1 US. 1980 "Starting Over Again" #36 US. 1979 "Baby I'm Burnin'" #25 US. 1978 "Two Doors Down" #19 US.
1978 "I Will Always Love You" (rerecorded version for the film The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) #53 US. 1978 "Here You Come Again" #3 US. 1978 "Heartbreaker" #38 US. 1976 "Jolene" #7 UK.
2003 "Ultimate" #17 UK. 2002 "Halos & Horns" #37 UK. 2001 "Gold - The Hits Collection" #23 UK. 2001 "Little Sparrow" #30 UK.
1997 "A Life in Music - Ultimate Collection" #38 UK. 1993 "Slow Dancing with the Moon" #16 US. 1993 "Honky Tonk Angels" #42 US. 1991 "Eagle When She Flies" #24 US.
1981 "9 to 5 and Odd Jobs" #11 US. 1979 "Great Balls of Fire" #40 US. 1978 "Dolly Parton/Both Sides" #24 UK. 1978 "Here You Come Again" #20 US.
1978 "Heartbreaker" #27 US.