Oberon, Merle


Oberon, Merle

▪ British-American actress
born Feb. 19, 1911, Bombay, India
died Nov. 23, 1979, Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.

      British and American film actress who appeared in more than 30 motion pictures. Her most notable portrayal was that of the beautiful Cathy, who tormented and rejected Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier) in the 1939 classic Wuthering Heights.

      The daughter of an Indian mother and a British army officer, Arthur Thompson, stationed in India, she was christened Estelle Merle. Moving to England, she played bit parts on stage and in films until discovered by the producer Alexander Korda, whose protégée and wife she became. Early in her career she created a fictional autobiography, claiming to have been born in Tasmania of Irish, French, and Dutch descent and christened Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson.

      Working in both England and Hollywood, she achieved stardom as a hauntingly beautiful, dark-eyed woman of grace and spirit. She first starred as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), opposite Charles Laughton. She played opposite Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., in The Private Life of Don Juan (1934), Leslie Howard in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), and Maurice Chevalier in Folies Bergère (1935). She was cast as George Sand in the movie A Song to Remember (1945) and Napoleon's Josephine in Désirée (1954). Her last screen appearances were in Hotel (1967) and Interval (1973).

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