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|Oberon in 1943|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Estelle Merle O’Brien Thompson
(1911-02-19)19 February 1911
Bombay, British India
|Deceased||23 November 1979(1979-11-23)
Malibu, California, US
|Wife/Husband||Alexander Korda (1939–45)
Lucien Ballard (1945–49)
Bruno Pagliai (1957–73) (2 adopted children)
Robert Wolders (1975–79) (her death)
Bruno Pagliai Jr.
Born in India, Merle did not travel to England until 1928. She started working in a club with the stage name Queenie O’Brien and worked in some minor films. His first important role was that of Ana Bolena in the film The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), in which he worked with Charles Laughton. In 1934 he starred with Leslie Howard The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Oberon’s career changed as a result of her marriage to director Alexander Korda, who persuaded her to change the name for the one that made her famous. In 1935 he starred in Angel in Darkness, a film that earned him the Oscar nomination for best actress. In 1937 Merle was chosen to play Messalina in the movie Yo, Claudio, who was to lead her husband; But the actress suffered a traffic accident, which, together with several setbacks, forced to cancel the project. As consequences of accident he had scars on his face, a defect that could end his career; but a clever use of makeup and lights helped him to cover it up in his later films.
In 1939 Merle Oberon was Cathy in the film Wuthering Heights with Laurence Olivier. She was an assiduous actress in historical roles: in 1945 she played George Sand in A Song to Remember and in 1954 she was Empress Josefina in the movie Desirée with actor Marlon Brando, who played Napoleon Bonaparte.
In 1954 he took part in Spanish cinema: he filmed Todo es posible in Granada, with Paco Rabal, directed by José Luis Sáenz de Heredia. The film was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 1966 he participated in the drama The Oscar, set in the Hollywood scene and the famous Academy Awards, with a luxury team: Stephen Boyd, Tony Bennett, Ernest Borgnine, Joseph Cotten …
The actress divorced Korda in 1945 and got married three more times. He died of a stroke at the age of 68.
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