Merle Oberon

Merle Oberon

  • Highest Rated: 100% Hotel (1967)
  • Lowest Rated: 15% The Oscar (1966)
  • Birthday: Feb 19, 1911
  • Birthplace: India
  • Born in India to an Indian mother and an Indo-Irish father, Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson spent an impoverished childhood in the subcontinent, before coming to England in 1928 to pursue an acting career. Because her bi-racial parentage would have been a subject of immense prejudice, Oberon began telling others that she was born to white parents on the Australian island of Tasmania -- a story she would keep up until almost the end of her life. It was Hungarian-born film mogul Alexander Korda who first spotted Oberon's screen potential, and began giving her parts in his pictures, building her up toward stardom with role such as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933). Although she was an actress of very limited range, Oberon acquitted herself well in movies such as The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), as Sir Percy Blakeney's wife, and her exotic good looks made her extremely appealing. She was cast opposite Laurence Olivier in the 1938 comedy The Divorce of Lady X, which was shot in Technicolor and showed Oberon off to even better advantage. Seeking to build her up as an international star, Korda sold half of Oberon's contract to Samuel Goldwyn in America, who cast her as Cathy in Wuthering Heights (1939). She moved to America with the outbreak of war, and also married Korda (1939-1945), but despite some success in That Uncertain Feeling, The Lodger, and A Song to Remember, her star quickly began to fade, and the Korda vehicle Lydia (1941), a slow-moving melodrama that had her aging 50 years, didn't help her career at all. Even a good acting performance in the Hitchcock-like chiller Dark Waters (1944) failed to register with the public. Oberon re-emerged only occasionally after the early '50s, until 1973 when she starred in, produced, and co-edited Interval, a strange romantic drama that costarred her future husband Robert Wolders, that failed to find good reviews or an audience.Oberon would marry three more times, to cinematographer Lucien Ballard in the late forties, to Italian industrialist Bruno Pagliali throughout the 60's, and finally, to actor Robert Wolders from the mid 70's until her death in 1979 at the age of 68.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet The Price Of Fear Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Trouble With Merle Actor 2012
No Score Yet I, Claudius Actor 2011
No Score Yet Todo Es Posible En Granada Actor 2011
No Score Yet Interval Producer Serena Moore 1973
100% Hotel The Duchess Caroline 1967
No Score Yet Other World of Winston Churchill Merle Oberon 1967
15% The Oscar Herself 1966
No Score Yet The Epic That Never Was Actor 1965
No Score Yet Deep in My Heart Dorothy Donnelly 1954
No Score Yet Desiree Empress Josephine 1954
No Score Yet Affair in Monte Carlo Linda Venning 1952
No Score Yet Berlin Express Lucienne 1948
No Score Yet Night Song Cathy 1948
No Score Yet A Song to Remember George Sand 1945
No Score Yet Dark Waters Leslie Calvin 1944
No Score Yet The Lodger Kitty Langley 1944
No Score Yet First Comes Courage Nicole Larsen 1943
No Score Yet Forever and a Day Marjorie 1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
No Score Yet Lydia Actor 1941
No Score Yet Affectionately Yours Sue Mayberry 1941
60% That Uncertain Feeling Mrs. Jill Baker 1941
No Score Yet 'Til We Meet Again Joan Ames 1940
No Score Yet Over the Moon Jane Benson 1939
95% Wuthering Heights Cathy Linton 1939
No Score Yet The Cowboy and the Lady Mary Smith 1938
No Score Yet The Divorce of Lady X Leslie Steele / Lady Claire Mere 1938
No Score Yet Beloved Enemy Helen Drummond 1937
100% These Three Karen Wright 1936
No Score Yet The Dark Angel Kitty Vane 1935
No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris, (The Man from the Folies Bergere) Baroness Genevieve Cassini 1935
88% The Scarlet Pimpernel Lady Marguerite Blakeney 1935
No Score Yet Broken Melody Germaine Brissard 1934
No Score Yet The Private Life of Don Juan Antonita, a Dancer of Passionate Temperament 1934
100% The Private Life of Henry VIII Anne Boleyn 1933
No Score Yet Wedding Rehearsal Miss Hutchinson 1932
No Score Yet Service for Ladies (Reserved for Ladies) Bit Part 1932

QUOTES FROM Merle Oberon CHARACTERS

Catherine Earnshaw
I am Heathcliff.
Catherine Earnshaw
No matter what I ever do or say, Heathcliff, this is me -- now -- standing on this hill with you. This is me, forever.