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. Stage Plays:. Throughout her life, Oberon maintained that she had been born in Tasmania, Australia. Her second husband was British film producer Kip Gowans. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to Motion Pictures, at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard. Her first husband was Bill Colleran, an American television producer, with whom she had a son and daughter. She was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Lee Remick has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6104 Hollywood Blvd.

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 received a Tony Award nomination in 1966 for her role as a blind woman terrorized by drug smugglers in "Wait Until Dark" (the character was played by Audrey Hepburn in the film version). Merle Oberon divorced Sir Alexander Korda in 1945, to marry cinematographer Lucien Ballard. Remick was educated at the Hewitt School, Barnard College, Swaboda Ballet School and became an actress in motion pictures, on stage, and in television dramas and miniseries. 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. Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, she died of a recurrence of kidney cancer in Los Angeles, California at the age of 55. 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). Lee Remick (December 14, 1935 - July 2, 1991), was an American actress.

Merle Oberon was scarred for life, but skilled lighting technicians prevented her injuries being spotted by cinema audiences. The Seven Year Itch. She was to star in Korda's film of I, Claudius (1937) as Messalina, but a serious car accident resulted in filming being abandoned. Brigadoon. She received her only Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for The Dark Angel (1935). Annie Get Your Gun. 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. A Little Night Music.

In 1934, she played the female lead in The Scarlet Pimpernel, opposite Leslie Howard. Wait Until Dark, (1966). Her first major film role was as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). Anyone Can Whistle, (1964). Initially she worked as a club hostess under the name Queenie O'Brien and played in minor and unbilled rolls in various films. Mistral’s Daughter, (1984) TV mini-series. 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. Tribute, (1980).

Merle Oberon (February 19, 1911 - November 23, 1979), born Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson, was a film actress, known for her sultry looks. The Europeans, (1979). The Omen, (1976). Sometimes a Great Notion, (1971). The Detective, (1968).

Baby the Rain Must Fall, (1965). Days of Wine and Roses, (1962) (nominated for an Oscar). Experiment in Terror, (1962). Wild River, (1960).

Anatomy of a Murder, (1959). The Long, Hot Summer, (1958). A Face in the Crowd, (1957).

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