Merle Oberon
British actor
Merle Oberon
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).
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Venice Film Festival Goes Back to the Future
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VENICE — At least two of the top billings at the Venice Film Festival this year are calculated to scare the living daylights out of us: Abel Ferrara ’s in-competition “4:44 Last Day on Earth” and Steven Soderbergh ’s out-of-competition “Contagion” promise to give us a glimpse of the end-of-the-world lurking
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corryton kid - American Cowboy
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The Cowboy and The Lady (Gary Cooper and Merle Oberon) from 1936, all James Bond, El Dorado, Winchester '73, Thunder Road, and the first True Grit. Anything with the Duke! Anything Louis L'Amour wrote, but even the Bible beats those!
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August 27, 2011 - Memphis Commercial Appeal
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She will share honors with actress Merle Oberon, blues singer Ella Logan and Bob "Bazooka" Burns. Miss Clara Schneider, chairman for the art department for the Tri-State Fair, is in Chicago in the interests of the fair's art exhibit
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Stanley Kubrick & Jim Thompson Almost Fell Out Over Screenwriting Credits To ... - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He was a well-established DP, he was married to a movie star [Merle Oberon], he dressed impeccably, came on the set as a typical Hollywood character.” Their disparate personalities and personas never gelled. “Stanley on the other hand was from New York
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Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights: do we need new film versions? - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Olivier's Heathcliff is a soppy lover, not a vulpine brute, and Merle Oberon's Cathy behaves petulantly when she ought to seem demented. Although a dusty Californian ranch stands in for Yorkshire, the film's production values are absurdly lavish
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Pedro Cano - La Verdad (Murcia)
Google News - over 5 years
-Durante una cena en Roma, a la que me habían invitado, a mi izquierda había sentada una señora, que le daba un aire a la actriz Merle Oberon, que no paraba, como todos los demás, de comer polenta con trozos de salchicha en salsa de tomate
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Pick of the Paperbacks: August 14 - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
We're given a lovely cover picture of him in wing collar and top hat outside Buckingham Palace in 1942 with his wife Merle Oberon. NB Dr Pereira is an unlikely hero: overweight, a lonely widower and the culture editor of a second-rate newspaper which,
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Jane Eyre and the Real Housewives of Old England - The Morton Report
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Juliette Binoche fired up the tragic chemistry with Ralph Fiennes in 1992's Wuthering Heights, while Laurence Olivier went dark as Heathcliffe opposite Merle Oberon in the 1939 melodrama. Thomas Hardy makes his Victorian heroine trudge down muddy roads
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Guest Post: Hedda Hopper's Hollywood, or Malice in Wonderland by Jennifer Frost - JohnJohnSaidIt.com
Google News - over 5 years
When actress Merle Oberon asked why she wrote such cruel things in her column, Hopper replied, “Bitchery, dear. Sheer bitchery.” Hopper in her famous hats became a Hollywood icon, yet her nasty reputation dominated her career, persists today,
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Unlikely leading man Charles Laughton; TCM's Summer Under The Stars icon Aug. 7 - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Among his co-stars are Merle Oberon, Robert Donat and Elsa Lanchester, who had co-starred with Laughton in a handful of films already. Directed and produced by Alexander Korda, the film was shot in London. Laughton again teamed withKorda in 1936 when
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The Private Lives of Henry VIII (1933) - Gayworld.be
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Dit historische verhaal van Lajos Biro vangt aan op de dag waarop zijn tweede vrouw, Anne Boleyn (Merle Oberon) wordt onthoofd en de koning trouwt met Jane Seymour (Wendy Barrie). Zij sterft echter al een jaar later in het kraambed
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Invasión británica - Diario El País
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Lo saben quienes recuerdan la dominante presencia en Hollywood de Ronald Colman, Herbert Marshall, Merle Oberon o Charles Laughton. En 1939, un tema absolutamente norteamericano como Lo que el viento se llevó tenía cuatro estrellas en papeles de
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The Greatest Hollywood Director You May Never Have Heard Of - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
David Niven, who had third billing behind Olivier and the stunning Merle Oberon (as Cathy), relates in his memoir, The Moon's a Balloon, why the director was known as "Once More Wyler": He would habitually insist on endless re-takes,
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O Bilhete de Ida e Volta - Público.pt
Google News - over 5 years
"Tiil We Meet Again", de Edmund Goulding foi o remake desta obra, com Merle Oberon e George Brent, em 1940. "One Way Passage" estreou em Portugal, no cinema Condes, em 1936. Para submeter o seu comentário tem que ter javascript activo no seu browser
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De profesión, mis ignorancias (393) - eldia.es
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Me dicen mis contradictores que no aciertan a comprender por qué motivos me olvidé de Lana Turner, Marta Toren, Rita Haywort, Dorothy Lamour, Virginia Mayo, Merle Oberon, Rhonda Fleming y de la española Sara Montiel. Supongo que se referirán a Sarita
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Ruthless but beautiful - Himalayan Times
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He married her and when he became a knight, she became Lady Korda but her screen name was Merle Oberon. Now everyone from David Niven to Trevor Howard wanted to marry her. (I was watching The Scarlet Pimpernel with Merle Oberon and Trevor Howard,
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'Jeg, Claudius' kommer på TV igen - TV2
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Instruktøren Josef von Sternberg stod bag kameraet og havde Charles Laughton som sin Claudius, men filmen blev aldrig færdig, fordi Merle Oberon, som spillede Messalina, kom ud for en livstruende ulykke. I 2008 forsøgte Jim Sheridan sig med at lave
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Lynn Barber, Sunday Times - Ubi Tennis
Google News - over 5 years
Hanno detto che Merle Oberon era nata e cresciuta in Tasmania, mentre è cresciuta a Bombay, e questo l'ha messa in difficoltà nelle interviste in Australia. Oscar Levant ha svelato il gioco quando ha dichiarato “Conoscevo Doris Day prima che fosse
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Merle Oberon
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1979
    Age 68
    The paintings hung in all her homes until Oberon's own death in 1979.
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  • 1978
    Age 67
    In 1978, the year before her death, she agreed to visit Hobart for a Lord Mayoral reception.
    More Details Hide Details The Lord Mayor of Hobart became aware shortly before the reception that there was no proof she had been born in Tasmania, but to save face, went ahead with the reception. Shortly after arriving at the reception, Oberon, however, to the disappointment of many, denied she had been born in Tasmania. She then excused herself, claiming illness. Whether ill or not, this meant she was unavailable to answer any more questions about her background. On the way to the reception, she had told her driver that as a child she was on a ship with her father, who became ill when it was passing Hobart. They were taken ashore so he could be treated, and as a result she spent some of her early years on the island. This story, too, seems to have been a fabrication. During her Hobart stay, she remained in her hotel, gave no other interviews, and did not visit the theatre named in her honour.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1965
    Age 54
    Oberon is known to have been to Australia only twice. Her first visit was in 1965, on a film promotion.
    More Details Hide Details Although a visit to Hobart was scheduled, after journalists in Sydney pressed her for details of her early life, she became ill and shortly afterwards left for Mexico.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1945
    Age 34
    She divorced him in 1945, to marry cinematographer Lucien Ballard.
    More Details Hide Details Ballard devised a special camera light for her to eliminate her facial scars on film. The light became known as the "Obie". She married twice more, to Italian-born industrialist, Bruno Pagliai (with whom she adopted two children; they lived in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico) and Dutch actor Robert Wolders - later companion to actresses Audrey Hepburn and Leslie Caron – before her retirement in Malibu, California, where she died, aged 68, after suffering a stroke. She was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. Merle Oberon has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard) for her contributions to Motion Pictures. Michael Korda, nephew of Alexander Korda, wrote a roman à clef about Oberon after her death entitled Queenie. This was also turned into a television miniseries starring Mia Sara.
  • 1942
    Age 31
    Merle Oberon became Lady Korda when her husband was knighted in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, the couple were based at Hills House in Denham, England.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1941
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details They met while he was on a good-will tour of the United States. He later became well known as the author of a best-selling book, The Last Enemy.
  • 1940
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Alexander Korda sent her to a skin specialist in New York City, where she underwent several dermabrasion procedures. The results, however, were only partially successful; without makeup, one could see noticeable pitting and indentation of her skin. Charlotte died in 1937. In 1949 Oberon commissioned paintings of her mother from an old photograph.
  • 1939
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In view of the information discovered since this 1939 article (see preceding section) this should be seen as part of a myth perpetrated by Oberon, since apparently she did not reach Europe until 1929. Her film career received a major boost when the director Alexander Korda took an interest and gave her a small but prominent role, under the name Merle Oberon, as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) opposite Charles Laughton. The film became a major success and she was then given leading roles, such as Lady Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) with Leslie Howard, who became her lover for a while. Oberon's career benefited from her relationship with, and later marriage to, Korda. He sold "shares" of her contract to producer Samuel Goldwyn, who gave her good vehicles in Hollywood. Her "mother" stayed behind in England. Oberon earned her sole Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for The Dark Angel (1935) produced by Goldwyn. Around this time she had a serious romance with David Niven, and according to one biographer even wanted to marry him, but he wasn't faithful to her.
  • 1937
    Age 26
    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).
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1929
    Age 18
    In 1929, Merle met a former actor named Colonel Ben Finney at Firpo's, and she dated him.
    More Details Hide Details However, when he saw Oberon's dark-skinned mother (actually her grandmother) one night at her flat, and realised Oberon had mixed ancestry, he decided to end the relationship. However, Finney promised to introduce her to Rex Ingram of Victorine Studios, if she was prepared to travel to France. which she readily did. After packing all their belongings and moving to France, Oberon and her mother found that their supposed benefactor avoided them, although he had left a good word for Oberon with Ingram at the studios in Nice. Ingram liked Oberon's exotic appearance and quickly hired her to be an extra in a party scene in a film named The Three Passions. In relation to her Maori and other heritage and it being hidden, New Zealand author Witi Ihimaera uses this as inspiration in the novel White Lies, which was turned into the movie White Lies.
  • 1928
    Age 17
    Oberon arrived in England for the first time in 1928, aged 17.
    More Details Hide Details Initially she worked as a club hostess under the name Queenie O'Brien and played in minor and unbilled roles in various films. "I couldn't dance or sing or write or paint. The only possible opening seemed to be in some line in which I could use my face.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Age 6
    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.
    More Details Hide Details There, she was constantly taunted for her unconventional parentage, eventually leading her to quit school and receive lessons at home. Oberon first performed with the Calcutta Amateur Dramatic Society. She was also completely enamored of the films and enjoyed going out to nightclubs. Indian journalist Sunanda K. Datta-Ray claimed that Merle worked as a telephone operator in Calcutta under the name Queenie Thomson, and won a contest at Firpo's Restaurant there, before the outset of her film career.
  • 1911
    Age 0
    Born on February 19, 1911.
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