Thursday, April 17, 2014
O for Merle Oberon
BORN: February 19, 1911
DIED: November 23, 1979
AGED: 68 Yrs from major stroke, had heart issues
REAL NAME: Estelle Merle O'Brien
MARRIAGES: 4 times-Alexander Korda, Robert Wolders (later he was with Audrey Hepburn)
AFFAIRS: David Niven, Turhan Bey, etc...
Her dad was British and her mom was from Ceylon which Merle tried to hide from the world. She did not want to be known as a half-caste. She would introduce her mom as her maid to keep her secrets. Known for her beauty and exotic looks there are rumours she worked as a high class call girl before she found fame. She also was a very bad car accident and almost died in the 1930's. When married to Mr. Korda she worked, with him, in intelligence during WW2. She was born with a congenital heart defect which plagued later in life.
FILMS: Private Life of Henry the VIII, The Dark Angel,These Three, Wuthering Heights, A Song To Remember