Merle Oberon

Born Feb 19, 1911

Merle Oberon was an Indian-born British actress best known for her screen performances in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) and The Cowboy and the Lady (1938). She began her film career in British films as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). She travelled to the United States to make films for Samuel Goldwyn. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Dark Angel (1935).… Read More

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1911 Birth Born on February 19, 1911.
1917 6 Years Old Then, in 1917, they moved to better circumstances in Kolkata (then known as Calcutta) Oberon received a foundation scholarship to attend La Martiniere Calcutta for Girls, one of the best private schools in Calcutta. … Read More


1928 17 Years Old Oberon arrived in England for the first time in 1928, aged 17. … Read More
1929 18 Years Old In 1929, Merle met a former actor named Colonel Ben Finney at Firpo's, and she dated him. … Read More


1937 26 Years Old She was selected to star in Korda's 1937 film, I, Claudius, as Messalina, but her injuries in a car accident resulted in the film being abandoned.She went on to appear as Cathy in her most famous film, Wuthering Heights (opposite Laurence Olivier; 1939), as George Sand in A Song to Remember (1945) and as the Empress Josephine in Désirée (1954).
1939 28 Years Old This was, in fact, no better than a hundred other faces, but it did possess a fortunately photogenic quality," she modestly told a journalist at Film Weekly in 1939. … Read More
1940 29 Years Old According to Princess Merle, the biography written by Charles Higham with Roy Moseley, Oberon suffered damage to her complexion in 1940 from a combination of cosmetic poisoning and an allergic reaction to sulfa drugs. … Read More


1941 30 Years Old Merle Oberon had a brief affair in 1941 with Richard Hillary, an RAF fighter pilot who had been badly burned in the Battle of Britain. … Read More
1942 31 Years Old Merle Oberon became Lady Korda when her husband was knighted in 1942. … Read More
1945 34 Years Old She divorced him in 1945, to marry cinematographer Lucien Ballard. … Read More


1965 54 Years Old Oberon is known to have been to Australia only twice. Her first visit was in 1965, on a film promotion. … Read More


1978 67 Years Old In 1978, the year before her death, she agreed to visit Hobart for a Lord Mayoral reception. … Read More
1979 69 Years Old The paintings hung in all her homes until Oberon's own death in 1979.
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