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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. Her notable roles include:. Ona Munson’s career was stalemated by the acclaim of GWTW.
. Tallulah Bankhead refused the role as too small. This is one of her most famous roles playing Esmeralda alongside Laughton's Quasimodo. Early on, Selznick had announced Mae West was to play Belle, but this was of course a publicity stunt. with Laughton where they both appeared in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".

The needed look for Belle could be created in the wardrobe and makeup departments. In 1939 she went to the U.S. She spoke deep and throaty in her test, and her voice conveyed sexiness and worldliness. Her first major film was to be Hitchcock's "Jamaica Inn". But her skills as an actress electrified her screen test: it was all in the voice. As a result she was offered an initial seven year contract. She was the antithesis of the voluptuous Belle: tall, freckled, and of slight build. However he came around when he too found he couldn't forget her eyes so he thought she must have something.

She introduced the song "You're the Cream In My Coffee," to New York audiences. When he saw the tape he was furious as he believed it was a poor choice. 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. Meanwhile Laughton looked at the test again and while he thought it was awful he couldn't forget her eyes. He told his business partner he was signing her and sent him the test tape. 1903, d. She returned to Ireland. ONA MUNSON (American actress, b. However she met Charles Laughton who believed she had something.

She performed poorly in the test. At the screen test was the actor Charles Laughton. Initially reluctant she was persuaded to attend. At the age of 17 she was offered a screen test in London.

She came from a theatrical family and began acting at the age of 14 with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin (Ireland's National Theatre). She often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. Born in Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland, the famously red-headed beauty is noted for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude. August 17, 1920), is an Irish-American film actress.

Maureen O'Hara, born Maureen FitzSimons (b. Only the Lonely (1991). Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962). The Parent Trap (1961).

The Quiet Man (1952). Rio Grande (1950). Sitting Pretty (1948). Miracle on 34th Street (1947).

This Land Is Mine (1943). The Black Swan (1942). How Green Was My Valley (1941). The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939).

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