Actress Merle Oberon looking immensely beautiful, circa 1940.

Actress Merle Oberon looking immensely beautiful, circa 1940.

Merle Oberon by George Hurrell, 1940.

Merle Oberon by George Hurrell, 1940.

MERLE OBERON (1911-1979) was an Angloindian actress. Her first major role was as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), where he worked with Charles Laughton. In 1934, she starred with Leslie Howard, The Scarlet Pimpernel. In 1935, she starred Angel in Darkness, the film that earned her an Academy Award nomination. In 1939, she was Cathy in the film Wuthering Heights with Laurence Olivier. In 1954 she was the Empress Josephine in the film Desirée with Marlon Brando, as…

Wuthering Heights actress's secret: Her sister was actually her mother

MERLE OBERON (1911-1979) was an Angloindian actress. Her first major role was as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), where he worked with Charles Laughton. In 1934, she starred with Leslie Howard, The Scarlet Pimpernel. In 1935, she starred Angel in Darkness, the film that earned her an Academy Award nomination. In 1939, she was Cathy in the film Wuthering Heights with Laurence Olivier. In 1954 she was the Empress Josephine in the film Desirée with Marlon Brando, as…

Merle Oberon by George Hurrell, 1930s. ~ ~ Such a Beauty,  My Mother Said She Was Gorgeous! ~

Merle Oberon by George Hurrell, 1930s. ~ ~ Such a Beauty, My Mother Said She Was Gorgeous! ~

Merle Oberon by Cecil Beaton

Merle Oberon by Cecil Beaton

Merle Oberon, ca. 1935. Her father was British (Welsh) and her mother was Indian. Throughout her career, (as those were different days), Merle would sadly, try to conceal her Indian [heritage]; even going to the point of saying she was born in Tasmania instead of India; and telling house guests that her mother was her maid. ~unknown

Merle Oberon, ca. 1935. Her father was British (Welsh) and her mother was Indian. Throughout her career, (as those were different days), Merle would sadly, try to conceal her Indian [heritage]; even going to the point of saying she was born in Tasmania instead of India; and telling house guests that her mother was her maid. ~unknown

Wuthering Heights actress's secret: Her sister was actually her mother

Wuthering Heights actress's secret: Her sister was actually her mother

Merle Oberon, Actress. Anglo-Indian, some say half Sri-Lankan and half Irish.

Merle Oberon, Actress. Anglo-Indian, some say half Sri-Lankan and half Irish.

meganmonroes: “ “Merle Oberon in 1943. ” ”

meganmonroes: “ “Merle Oberon in 1943. ” ”

Merle Oberon 1934...A classic beauty. She won the Oscar in 1939 for role as best female actress in Wuthering Heights. With Lawrence Olivier...a story of true love that never dies.

Merle Oberon 1934...A classic beauty. She won the Oscar in 1939 for role as best female actress in Wuthering Heights. With Lawrence Olivier...a story of true love that never dies.

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