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Merle Oberon (1911–1979)


Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson was born in India on February 19, 1911. She was educated in that country until the age of 17, when she left for London. Merle began her career in British films with mostly forgettable roles or bit parts. She appeared in an uncredited role in Alf's Button (1930), a pattern that would unfortunately repeat itself ... See full bio »

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 1973 Interval
Serena Moore
 1967 Hotel
The Duchess Caroline
 1963 Of Love and Desire
Katherine Beckmann
 1956-1957 Assignment Foreign Legion (TV Series)
Host - War Correspondent / Anna / Carla / ...
- The Volunteer (1957) ... Host - War Correspondent
- The White Witch of Makala (1957) ... Host - War Correspondent
- Mixed Blood (1957) ... Host - War Correspondent
- The Coward (1957) ... Host - War Correspondent
- The Deserter (1957) ... Host - War Correspondent
 1956 The Price of Fear
Jessica Warren
 1955 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Guest Hostess / Lucille
- The Bracelet (1955) ... Lucille / Guest Hostess
- Moment of Decision (1955) ... Guest Hostess
 1955 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Jane Marryot
- Cavalcade (1955) ... Jane Marryot
 1953-1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Carol / Sara Belmont / Margot Sterling / ...
- The Frightened Woman (1955) ... Carol
- Eddie's Place (1955) ... Sara Belmont (uncredited)
- Love at Sea (1953) ... Margot Sterling
- Sound Off, My Love (1953) ... Martha
 1953-1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Sara Belmont / Allison Brent
- Second Sight (1955) ... Sara Belmont
- Allison, Ltd. (1953) ... Allison Brent
 1954 Deep in My Heart
Dorothy Donnelly
 1952 Affair in Monte Carlo
Linda Venning
 1952 Dans la vie tout s'arrange
Elizabeth Rockwell
 1951 Pardon My French
Elizabeth Rockwell
 1947 Night Song
Cathy Mallory
 1946 Temptation
Ruby
 1946 Night in Paradise
Delarai
 1943 First Comes Courage
Nicole Larsen
 1943 Stage Door Canteen
Merle Oberon
 1943 Forever and a Day
Marjorie Ismay
 1941 Lydia
Lydia MacMillan
 1941 Affectionately Yours
Sue Mayberry
 1941 That Uncertain Feeling
Mrs. Jill Baker
 1939 The Lion Has Wings
Mrs. Richardson
 1939 Over the Moon
Jane Benson
 1938 The Cowboy and the Lady
Mary Smith
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
Leslie Steele / Lady Claire Mere
 1936 Beloved Enemy
Helen Drummond
 1935 The Dark Angel
Kitty Vane
 1935 Folies Bergère de Paris
Baroness Genevieve Cassini
 1934 Vagabond Violinist
Germaine Brissard
 1934 The Private Life of Don Juan
Antonita, a Dancer of Passionate Temperament
 1934 Thunder in the East
Marquise Yorisaka
 1933 Strange Evidence
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1932 For the Love of Mike
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1932 Men of Tomorrow
Ysobel d'Aunay
 1932 Wedding Rehearsal
Miss Hutchinson
 1932 Aren't We All?
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1932 Ebb Tide
Girl (uncredited)
 1932 Reserved for Ladies
Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
 1931 Never Trouble Trouble
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1931 Fascination
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1930 A Warm Corner
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1930 Alf's Button
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1930 The W Plan
Woman at Cafe Table (uncredited)
 1928 The Three Passions
Bit Part (uncredited)
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2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | 9 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Queenie O'Brien | Queenie Thompson

Height:

5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Personal Quote:

Even when I was single, I owned homes and gardens. I buy beauty when other women buy jewels. Land is security to me. I need gardens that are mine to walk on. See more »

Trivia:

According to an interview with Oberon in the February 1982 edition of "Films in Review" Samuel Goldwyn owed her over a million dollars to her for a series of pictures. He allegedly cried to her that he didn't have the money. According to her, she told him to forget about it even though she still owed agent's fees to Myrom Selznick. Some years later Oberon asked Mrs. Goldwyn if she could buy a ... See more »

Nickname:

Obie

Star Sign:

Pisces

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