Merle Oberon

Actor
The exotic and glamorous Merle Oberon ranked among the most striking performers during the early years of sound cinema in Britain. Beginning with her first notable turn in "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933) ... Read more »
Born: 02/19/1911 in Tasmania, AU

Filmography

Actor (34)

Interval 1972 (Movie)

Serena Moore (Actor)

Hotel 1967 (Movie)

Duchess (Actor)

The Oscar 1965 (Movie)

herself (Actor)

The Loretta Young Theater 1953 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Came to Dinner 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep in My Heart 1954 (Movie)

Dorothy Donnelly (Actor)

Desiree 1954 (Movie)

Josephine (Actor)

Pardon My French 1951 (Movie)

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Night Song 1947 (Movie)

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A Song to Remember 1945 (Movie)

George Sand (Actor)

This Love of Ours 1945 (Movie)

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Forever and a Day 1943 (Movie)

Marjorie (Actor)

Stage Door Canteen 1942 (Movie)

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That Uncertain Feeling 1940 (Movie)

Jill Baker (Actor)

Wuthering Heights 1939 (Movie)

Cathy (Actor)

The Cowboy and the Lady 1937 (Movie)

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These Three 1935 (Movie)

Karen Wright (Actor)

Folies Bergere 1934 (Movie)

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The Dark Angel 1934 (Movie)

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Ebb Tide 1931 (Movie)

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'Til We Meet Again (Movie)

Joan Ames (Actor)

A Night in Paradise (Movie)

Delarai (Actor)

Affectionately Yours (Movie)

Sue Mayberry (Actor)

Alf's Button (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Beloved Enemy (Movie)

Helen Drummond (Actor)

Berlin Express (Movie)

Lucienne (Actor)

Fascination (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Lydia (Movie)

Lydia MacMillan (Actor)

Over the Moon (TV Show)

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Temptation (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

The Divorce of Lady X (Movie)

Leslie Steele (Actor)

The Private Life of Don Juan (Movie)

Antonia (Actor)

The Private Life of Henry VIII (Movie)

Anne Boleyn (Actor)

Biography

The exotic and glamorous Merle Oberon ranked among the most striking performers during the early years of sound cinema in Britain. Beginning with her first notable turn in "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933), Oberon's popularity grew via additional hits like "The Scarlet Pimpernel" (1934), and her Academy Award-nominated performance in "The Dark Angel" (1936) established her as a star in America as well. Well cast as sophisticated, upper-class women, her look and deportment worked nicely in both period costume outings and contemporary drama. However, in what could have been a career-ending disaster, Oberon's face was damaged in a car accident during the making of "I, Claudius" (1937). Careful lighting and make-up helped to hide the imperfections and it was not long before she appeared in her most famous role as heroine Cathy in "Wuthering Heights" (1939). American films made up the lion's share of the actress' schedule during the 1940s, but aside from occasional artistic triumphs like "The Lodger" (1944), they were fairly unremarkable and caused Oberon's popularity to diminish. Her career proceeded by fits and starts from the late '40s onward and never entirely recovered, despite laudable work from her in quality productions like "Berlin Express" (1948) and Désirée (1954). Oberon did not have the range of the finest actresses from that period, but she could be very effective in the right part and consistently dazzled the eye as one of Golden Age Hollywood's great beauties.

Relationships

Lucien Ballard Director of Photography

Husband
Married 1945 divorced 1949

Leslie Howard Director of Photography

Companion

Alexander Korda Director of Photography

Husband
Married June 3, 1939 Divorced June 4, 1945

Bruno Pagliai

Husband

Robert Wolders Director of Photography

Husband
Appeared together in 1973 feature film "Interval" Married 1975 until her death 1979

Milestones

1973

Last film, "Interval"

1963

Returned to films after a seven year absence to act in "Of Love and Desire"

1951

Returned to films to appear in "Pardon My French"

1948

Last film for three years, "Berlin Express"

1935

First American film, "Folies Bergere" opposite Maurice Chevalier

1933

Played breakthrough role of Anne Boleyn in "The Private Life of Henry VIII" opposite Charles Laughton

1930

Made film debut in "Alf's Button"

At her peak of popularity: appeared in such vehicles as "Wuthering Heights" (1939), "Lydia" (1941), "A Song to Remember" (1945) and "This Love of Ours" (1945)

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