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Merle Oberon

Best know for her role as Cathy Linton opposite Laurence Olivier‘s Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights.

Filmography

1928      

The Three Passions

 

1930      

A Warm Corner

Alf’s Button

 

1931      

Never Trouble Trouble

The W Plan

Fascination

 

1932      

For the Love of Mike

Reserved for Ladies

Ebb Tide

Aren’t We All?

Wedding Rehearsal

Men of Tomorrow

 

1933      

Strange Evidence

The Private Life of Henry VIII

 

1934      

The Battle

The Private Life of Don Juan

The Broken Melody

The Scarlet Pimpernel

 

1935      

Folies Bergère de Paris

The Dark Angel

 

1936      

These Three

Beloved Enemy

I, Claudius (unfinished)

 

1938      

The Divorce of Lady X

The Cowboy and the Lady

 

1939      

Wuthering Heights

Over the Moon

The Lion Has Wings

 

1940      

Til We Meet Again

 

1941      

That Uncertain Feeling

Affectionately Yours

Lydia

 

1943      

Forever and a Day

Stage Door Canteen

First Comes Courage

 

1944      

The Lodger

Dark Waters

 

1945      

A Song to Remember

This Love of Ours

 

1946      

Night in Paradise

Temptation

 

1948      

Night Song

Berlin Express

 

1951      

The Lady from Boston

 

1952      

Dans la vie tout s’arrange (a French version of The Lady from Boston)

24 Hours of a Woman’s Life

 

1954      

All Is Possible in Granada

Désirée

Deep in My Heart

 

1956      

The Price of Fear

 

1963      

Of Love and Desire

 

1966      

The Oscar

 

1967      

Hotel

 

1973      

Interval

Awards

Merle Oberon was nominated for one Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in The Dark Angel (1935).

Without security, it is difficult for a woman to look or feel beautiful. ~ Merle Oberon

Merle Oberon (born Estelle Merle O’Brien Thompson, February19, 1911 in Bombay (now known as Mumbai), British India) to a 12-year-old Indian girl named Charlotte and raised as her sister, for most of her lifetime Oberon concealed the truth about her parentage.

In 1914, Arthur Thompson joined the British Army and later died of pneumonia on the Western Front during the Battle of the Somme. Merle, with Charlotte, led an impoverished existence in shabby flats in Bombay for a few years. Then, in 1917, they moved to better circumstances in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata). Oberon received a foundation scholarship to attend La Martiniere Calcutta for Girls, one of the best private schools in Calcutta. There, she was constantly taunted for her unconventional parentage, eventually leading her to quit school and receive lessons at home.

Oberon first performed with the Calcutta Amateur Dramatic Society.

In 1929, Merle met a former actor named Colonel Ben Finney at Firpo’s, and she dated him. However, when he saw Oberon’s dark-skinned mother (actually her grandmother) one night at her flat, and realized Oberon had mixed ancestry, he decided to end the relationship. However, Finney promised to introduce her to Rex Ingram of Victorine Studios, if she was prepared to travel to France, which she readily did. After packing all their belongings and moving to France, Oberon and her mother found that their supposed benefactor avoided them, although he had left a good word for Oberon with Ingram at the studios in Nice. Ingram liked Oberon’s exotic appearance and quickly hired her to be an extra in a party scene in a film named The Three Passions.

Oberon arrived in England for the first time in 1928, aged 17. Initially she worked as a club hostess under the name Queenie O’Brien and played in minor and unbilled roles in various films.

Merle Oberon in The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933)