Merle Oberon

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Merle Oberon

Merle Oberon portraitI remember the first time I saw one of my favorite films, Wuthering Heights. It was late at night and I was with my mother watching it on an old black and white TV.  I was amazed how beautiful the actress was who played Cathy was, it was, Merle Oberon.  She was exotic, glamorous and ranked among the most striking performers during the early years of sound cinema in Britain. American films made up the lion’s share of the actress’ schedule during the 1940s, but aside from occasional artistic triumphs like “The Lodger” (1944), they were fairly unremarkable and caused Oberon’s popularity to diminish. Her career proceeded by fits and starts from the late ’40s onward and never entirely recovered, despite laudable work.  However, many of her films rank high on my list of favorites, such as The Scarlet Pimpernel, Lydia, and several others.

She began her film career in British films as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII(1933). After her success in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), she travelled to the United States to make films for Samuel Goldwyn.

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