Ona Munson

Highest Rated: 100% The Shanghai Gesture (1942)
Lowest Rated: 80% The Red House (1947)
Birthday: Jun 16, 1903
Birthplace: Not Available
An English literature major while in school, American actress Ona Munson forsook academia to work in a variety of show business jobs, ranging from ballet dancer to vaudeville sketch work. Ona made her first film, Head of the Family, in 1928, but it wasn't until 1933 that she would cease juggling film and theater work to settle in Hollywood for good. Adept at comedy, Ms. Munson was nonetheless mired in heavy drama in most of her films, often as the "other woman" in romantic triangles. Before leaving films in 1947 (she committed suicide in 1955 after several years of illness and personal reverses), Munson left behind two indelible cinematic portrayals: Belle Watling, the lady of the evening with the requisite golden heart in Gone With the Wind (1939), and Mother Gin Sling, proprietress of the euphemistically labelled "gambling house" in the exotic melodrama The Shanghai Gesture (1941).

Highest Rated Movies



80% The Red House Mrs. Storm 1947
No Score Yet Dakota `Jersey' Thomas 1945
No Score Yet The Cheaters (The Castaways) Florie 1945
No Score Yet Idaho Belle Bonner 1943
100% The Shanghai Gesture Mother Gin Sling 1942
No Score Yet Lady from Louisiana (Lady from New Orleans) Julie Mirbeau 1941
No Score Yet Wagons Westward Julie 1940
92% Gone With the Wind Belle Watling 1939
91% Five Star Final Kitty Carmody 1931
No Score Yet Going Wild Ruth Howard 1931


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