Merle Oberon - Rotten Tomatoes

Merle Oberon

Highest Rated:   100% Wuthering Heights (1939)
Lowest Rated:   18% The Oscar (1966)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Price Of Fear
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Trouble With Merle
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Todo Es Posible En Granada
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet I, Claudius
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Interval
  • Producer
  • Serena Moore
1973
No Score Yet Hotel
  • The Duchess Caroline
1967
No Score Yet Other World of Winston Churchill
  • Merle Oberon
1967
18% 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 Berlin Express
  • Lucienne
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
100% 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
83% 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

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