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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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Merle Oberon died on 23rd November, 1979. Her last relationship was with Robert Wolders, they were married for 4 years.
During her life she was married to Robert Wolders from 1975 to 1979, Bruno Pagliai from 1957 to 1973, Lucien Ballard from 1945 to 1949 and Alexander Korda from 1939 to 1945.
She also dated Rod Taylor in 1966, Steve Cochran in 1963, Rex Ross in 1955, Paul Henreid in 1951, David Beatty in 1950, Giorgio Cini from 1948 to 1949, Robert Ryan in 1947, Turhan Bey in 1945, Ronald Colman in 1942, Richard Harris from 1941 to 1955, Greg Bautzer in 1940, Clark Gable from 1936 to 1938, Brian Aherne in 1936, Howard Hughes in 1935, Leslie Howard from 1934 to 1935, Robert Donat from 1932 to 1933, Prince Aly Khan from 1930 to 1934, Gary Cooper in 1930, David Niven in 1930, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Maurice Chevalier, Prince Philip, Stewart Granger, Miles Mander, Leslie Hutchinson, Richard Hillary, Richard Rush, Marlon Brando, George Brent, Rex Harrison, Darryl F. Zanuck, James Cagney and Joseph M. Schenck.
Merle Oberon was rumored to have hooked up with Frank Sinatra in 1933 and Eddie Fisher.
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