Happy 112th Birthday Merle Oberon

Today is the 112th birthday of the actress Merle Oberon. Her beauty was undeniable, her heritage was unacceptable, her story is of what legends are made of. The world is a better place because she was in it and still feels the loss that she has left.


NAME: Merle Oberon
DATE OF BIRTH: February 19, 1911
PLACE OF BIRTH: Bombay, India
DATE OF DEATH: November 23, 1979
REMAINS: Buried, Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, CA
HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME: 6200 block of Hollywood Boulevard

BEST KNOWN FOR: Merle Oberon was an Anglo-Indian actress. She began her film career in British films as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII.

Actress Merle Oberon’s dark, ageless beauty brought her fame in such films as “Wuthering Heights” and “The Scarlet Pimpernel.”

Oberon — who admitted to using false ages throughout her career — claimed to be the daughter of a British army officer who was born in Tasmania and educated in India. After her death, her secret was revealed. She was born a humble Bombay Anglo-Indian, a half-caste who because of the prejudices of her day forced her to conceal her mixed blood if she was to make her way in either show business or society.

In 1928, Oberon went to England, where she found work as a dance hostess, then as an extra and bit player in films.

During lunch at the British and Dominion Studios, she met Hungarian director Alexander Korda, who became the first of her five husbands. As Anne Boleyn in Korda’s “The Private Life of Henry VIII,” Oberon won critical acclaim.

Douglas Fairbanks selected her for his leading lady in “The Private Life of Don Juan.” After finishing “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” she came to Hollywood. Her first American picture was “Folies Bergere de Paris.”

In 1939, she made “Wuthering Heights,” her most famous film. Her costar was Laurence Olivier.

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