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Mumbai, India

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Place of Death
Malibu, California

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Claim to Fame
Wuthering Heights




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Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Producer

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Estelle Merle O`Brien Thompson was born in India on February 19, 1911. She was educated in that country until the age of 17, when she left for London. Merle began her career in British films with mostly forgettable roles or bit parts. She appeared in an uncredited role in Alf`s Button (1930), a pattern that would unfortunately repeat itself regularly over the next three years. However, movie moguls eventually saw an an untapped talent in their midst and began grooming Merle for something bigger. Finally she landed a part with substance: the role of Ysobel d`Aunay in _Men of Tomorrow (1933)_. That was quickly followed by The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933). After her portrayal of Lady Marguerite Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), Hollywood beckoned and she left to try her hand in US films. American movie executives already had some idea of her talent because her film The Broken Melody (1934) (US title: Vagabond Violinst) was a success in that country. With her nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress as Kitty Vane in The Dark Angel (1935), Merle became a star in both Britain and the US. Her work in that film resulted in offers for more quality pictures, and she appeared in several well received films, such as These Three (1936), Over the Moon (1939) and The Divorce of Lady X (1938). Her most critically acclaimed performance--hailed by some critics as "masterful"--was as Cathy Linton in Wuthering Heights (1939). The 1940s proved to be a very busy decade for her, as she appeared in no less than 15 films. After her role in Berlin Express (1948) she would not be seen on the screen again until four years later, as Elizabeth Rockwell in Pardon My French (1951). She was off the screen again for more than a year, returning in Desirée (1954). Unfortunately, she began appearing in fewer and fewer films over the ensuing years. There were no films for her in 1955, only one in 1956 and then none until Of Love and Desire (1963). In between she did appear on television as host of the TV series "Assignment Foreign Legion" (1956). Her final film was Interval (1973). After her career finally ended she lived in quiet retirement until her death of a massive stroke on November 23, 1979, in Malibu, California. She was 68 and had kept her beauty to the end.

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Merle Oberon (born Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson, 19 February 1911 – 23 November 1979) was an Anglo-Indian actress. She began her film career in British films as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). After her success in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), 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). A traffic collision in 1937 caused facial injuries that could have ended her career, but she soon followed this with her most renowned performance in Wuthering Heights (1939).

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Actress, Producer

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Arthur Terrence O'Brien Thompson

Charlotte Selby


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Tangee lipstick (1940-46)

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www.nndb.com/people/927/000043798/, www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=1574

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Merle Oberon<\/topic> was previously married to Robert Wolders<\/topic> (1975 - 1979)<\/span>, Bruno Pagliai<\/topic> (1957 - 1973)<\/span>, Lucien Ballard<\/topic> (1945 - 1949)<\/span> and Alexander Korda<\/topic> (1939 - 1945)<\/span>.<\/p>

She was in relationships with Rod Taylor<\/topic> (1966)<\/span>, Steve Cochran<\/topic> (1963)<\/span>, Rex Ross<\/topic> (1955)<\/span>, Paul Henreid<\/topic> (1951)<\/span>, David Beatty<\/topic> (1950)<\/span>, Giorgio Cini<\/topic> (1948 - 1949)<\/span>, Robert Ryan<\/topic> (1947)<\/span>, Turhan Bey<\/topic> (1945)<\/span>, Ronald Colman<\/topic> (1942)<\/span>, Richard Harris<\/topic> (1941 - 1955)<\/span>, Greg Bautzer<\/topic> (1940)<\/span>, Clark Gable<\/topic> (1936 - 1938)<\/span>, Brian Aherne<\/topic> (1936)<\/span>, Howard Hughes<\/topic> (1935)<\/span>, Leslie Howard<\/topic> (1934 - 1935)<\/span>, Robert Donat<\/topic> (1932)<\/span>, David Niven<\/topic> (1930)<\/span>, Gary Cooper<\/topic> (1930)<\/span>, Prince Aly Khan<\/topic> (1930 - 1934)<\/span>, Richard Hillary<\/topic>, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.<\/topic>, Richard Rush<\/topic>, Rex Harrison<\/topic>, Maurice Chevalier<\/topic>, Joseph M. Schenck<\/topic>, Prince Philip<\/topic>, Miles Mander<\/topic> and Leslie Hutchinson<\/topic>.<\/p>

Merle Oberon<\/topic> had encounters with Darryl F. Zanuck<\/topic>, George Brent<\/topic>, Stewart Granger<\/topic>, James Cagney<\/topic> and Marlon Brando<\/topic>.<\/p>

She is rumoured to have hooked up with Frank Sinatra<\/topic> (1933)<\/span> and Eddie Fisher<\/topic>.<\/p>"},"lists":{"summary":"Merle Oberon<\/topic> is a member of the following lists: British people of M\u0101ori descent<\/list>, 20th-century English actresses<\/list> and 20th-century American actresses<\/list>."}}

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