Merle Oberon

Merle Oberon (February 19, 1911 - November 23, 1979), born Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson, was a film actress, known for her sultry looks.

Born in Bombay, India to an Anglo-Irish father and an Anglo-Sinhalese mother, Constance Selby, who gave birth to Merle at the age of 15 and allowed her to be raised as her sister, Merle came to England for the first time in 1928. Initially she worked as a club hostess under the name Queenie O'Brien and played in minor and unbilled rolls in various films. Her first major film role was as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). In 1934, she played the female lead in The Scarlet Pimpernel, opposite Leslie Howard.

Oberon's career went on to greater heights partly as a result of her relationship with and later marriage to director Alexander Korda, who had persuaded her to take the name under which she became famous. She received her only Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for The Dark Angel (1935). She was to star in Korda's film of I, Claudius (1937) as Messalina, but a serious car accident resulted in filming being abandoned. Merle Oberon was scarred for life, but skilled lighting technicians prevented her injuries being spotted by cinema audiences. She went on to appear as Cathy in Wuthering Heights (1939), as George Sand in A Song to Remember (1945), and as Empress Josephine in Désirée (1954). During her time as a film star, Oberon went to great lengths to disguise her mixed-race background and when her dark-skinned mother moved in with her in Hollywood, she masqueraded as Oberon's maid.

Merle Oberon divorced Sir Alexander Korda in 1945, to marry cinematographer Lucien Ballard. She married twice more, to Italian-born Mexican industrialist Bruno Pagliai (two adopted children) and Dutch actor Robert Wolders, before her retirement to Malibu, California, where she died after suffering a stroke. She was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard.

Throughout her life, Oberon maintained that she had been born in Tasmania, Australia. It was only after her death that this was revealed to have been a fabrication.


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It was only after her death that this was revealed to have been a fabrication. Mitchell apparently has made enough claims about being married to Pressly that some sources have reported it as fact. Throughout her life, Oberon maintained that she had been born in Tasmania, Australia. Pressly, who has never married, has stated she has heard of Mitchell but does not know him. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard. One persistent rumor is that Pressly married a man named Brodie Mitchell in 1998. She was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Pressly has posed nude for the March 1998 and February 2004 issues of Playboy.

She married twice more, to Italian-born Mexican industrialist Bruno Pagliai (two adopted children) and Dutch actor Robert Wolders, before her retirement to Malibu, California, where she died after suffering a stroke. As a result, she was offered the lead in the 1997 sequel, Poison Ivy: The New Seduction. Merle Oberon divorced Sir Alexander Korda in 1945, to marry cinematographer Lucien Ballard. Pressly worked as Drew Barrymore's body double in the film Poison Ivy. During her time as a film star, Oberon went to great lengths to disguise her mixed-race background and when her dark-skinned mother moved in with her in Hollywood, she masqueraded as Oberon's maid. Pressly had herself legally emancipated from her parents at the age of 15. She went on to appear as Cathy in Wuthering Heights (1939), as George Sand in A Song to Remember (1945), and as Empress Josephine in Désirée (1954). Pressly studied gymnastics and dancing in her youth and began modeling at an early age.

Merle Oberon was scarred for life, but skilled lighting technicians prevented her injuries being spotted by cinema audiences. Jaime Lynn Pressly was born in Kinston, North Carolina, USA. She was to star in Korda's film of I, Claudius (1937) as Messalina, but a serious car accident resulted in filming being abandoned. Jaime Pressly (born July 30, 1977) is an American model and actress. She received her only Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for The Dark Angel (1935). Unleashed (2003). Oberon's career went on to greater heights partly as a result of her relationship with and later marriage to director Alexander Korda, who had persuaded her to take the name under which she became famous. Torque (2003).

In 1934, she played the female lead in The Scarlet Pimpernel, opposite Leslie Howard. Johnny Chronicles (2002) (TV movie). Her first major film role was as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). Demon Island (2002). Initially she worked as a club hostess under the name Queenie O'Brien and played in minor and unbilled rolls in various films. Footprints (2002). Born in Bombay, India to an Anglo-Irish father and an Anglo-Sinhalese mother, Constance Selby, who gave birth to Merle at the age of 15 and allowed her to be raised as her sister, Merle came to England for the first time in 1928. Tomcats (2001).

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