Merle Oberon (1911–1979)

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Estelle Merle Thompson was born in India on February 19, 1911 of Welsh and Ceylonese (now Sri Lankan) descent. She was educated in that country until the age of 17, when she left for London. She 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 ... See full bio »

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The Lodger Kitty Langley
The Scarlet Pimpernel Lady Blakeney


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 1973 Interval
Serena Moore
 1967 Hotel
The Duchess Caroline
 1966 The Oscar
Merle Oberon
 1963 Of Love and Desire
Katherine Beckmann
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Mata Hari
- I Will Not Die (1957) ... Mata Hari
 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 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Jane Marryot
- Cavalcade (1955) ... Jane Marryot
 1953-1955 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Carol / Margot Sterling / Martha
- The Frightened Woman (1955) ... Carol
- 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
 1954 Désirée
Empress Josephine
 1954 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Maggie Cutler
- The Man Who Came to Dinner (1954) ... Maggie Cutler
 1954 ¡¡Todo es posible en Granada!!
Margaret Faulson
 1952 Affair in Monte Carlo
Linda Venning
 1952 Dans la vie tout s'arrange
Elizabeth Rockwell
 1951 The Lady from Boston
Elizabeth Rockwell
 1948 Berlin Express
 1947 Night Song
 1946 Temptation
 1946 Night in Paradise
 1945 This Love of Ours
Karin Touzac
 1945 A Song to Remember
George Sand
 1944 Dark Waters
Leslie Calvin
 1944 The Lodger
Kitty Langley
 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
Jill Baker
 1940 'Til We Meet Again
Joan Ames
 1939 The Lion Has Wings
Mrs. Richardson
 1939 Wuthering Heights
 1939 Over the Moon
Jane Benson
 1938 The Cowboy and the Lady
Mary Smith
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
Leslie Steele
 1937 I, Claudius
 1936 Beloved Enemy
Helen Drummond
 1936 These Three
 1935 The Dark Angel
Kitty Vane
 1935 Folies Bergère de Paris
Baroness Genevieve Cassini
 1934 The Scarlet Pimpernel
Lady Blakeney
 1934 The Private Life of Don Juan
Antonita, a Dancer of Passionate Temperament
 1934 Vagabond Violinist
Germaine Brissard
 1934 Thunder in the East
Marquise Yorisaka
 1933 The Private Life of Henry VIII
Anne Boleyn - The Second Wife
 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 Fascination
Flower Seller (uncredited)
 1931 Never Trouble Trouble
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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Show Show Self (36 credits)
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Other Works:

Radio: Appeared (as "Leslie Crosbie") in a "Lux Radio Theatre" broadcast of "The Letter". See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 1 Print Biography | 11 Articles | 68 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Queenie O'Brien | Queenie Thompson


5' 2" (1.57 m)


Robert Wolders  (her death) | See more »


Francesca Pagliai | See more »

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I am certainly surprised the way engagements occur in this country [United States]. I've never seen any sense to announcing a promise to marry a man unless you are deeply in love with him and planning the wedding. Of course, some people say engagements are good publicity, but I don't think so! See more »


Passed away on November 23, 1979, three months away from what would have been her 69th birthday on February 19, 1980. See more »


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