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Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson (Obie, Queenie) was born on 19 February, 1911 in Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India [now Mumbai, Maharashtra, India], is an Actress, Soundtrack, Writer. Discover Merle Oberon's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Also learn how She earned most of Merle Oberon networth?

Popular As Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson (Obie, Queenie)
Occupation actress,soundtrack,writer
Age 68 years old
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Born 19 February 1911
Birthday 19 February
Birthplace Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India [now Mumbai, Maharashtra, India]
Date of death 23 November, 1979
Died Place Malibu, California, USA
Nationality India]

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Merle Oberon Height, Weight & Measurements

At 68 years old, Merle Oberon height is 5' 2" (1.57 m) .

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Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)
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Who Is Merle Oberon's Husband?

Her husband is Robert Wolders (31 January 1975 - 23 November 1979) ( her death), Bruno Pagliai (28 July 1957 - 1973) ( divorced) ( 2 children), Lucien Ballard (26 June 1945 - 11 February 1949) ( divorced), Alexander Korda (3 June 1939 - 4 June 1945) ( divorced)

Parents Not Available
Husband Robert Wolders (31 January 1975 - 23 November 1979) ( her death), Bruno Pagliai (28 July 1957 - 1973) ( divorced) ( 2 children), Lucien Ballard (26 June 1945 - 11 February 1949) ( divorced), Alexander Korda (3 June 1939 - 4 June 1945) ( divorced)
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Merle Oberon Net Worth

Her net worth has been growing significantly in 2020-2021. So, how much is Merle Oberon worth at the age of 68 years old? Merle Oberon’s income source is mostly from being a successful Actress. She is from India]. We have estimated Merle Oberon's net worth, money, salary, income, and assets.

The Dark Angel (1935)$60,000
The Price of Fear (1956)$35,000
The Oscar (1966)$5,000

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To date (2016), she is the only Asia-born actress to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.


The miniseries Queenie (1987) starring Mia Sara is based on a book by Merle's nephew, loosely based on her life.


According to an interview with her in the February 1982 edition of "Films in Review", Samuel Goldwyn owed her over a million dollars for a series of pictures. He allegedly cried to her that he did not have the money. According to her, she told him to forget about it even though she still owed agent's fees to Myrom Selznick. Some years later Oberon asked Mrs. Goldwyn if she could buy a print of Wuthering Heights (1939) to complete her collection of films for her children but was refused.


Passed away on November 23, 1979, three months away from what would have been her 69th birthday on February 19, 1980.


Her final film was Interval (1973).


Oberon made a cameo appearance as herself in the film The Oscar (1966) in the scene in which she presents the Academy Award for Best Actor.


Awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6274 Hollywood Blvd. on February 8, 1960.


In between she did appear on television to host Assignment Foreign Legion (1956).


There were no films for her in 1955, only one in 1956 and then none until Of Love and Desire (1963).


She was off the screen again for more than a year, returning in Désirée (1954). Unfortunately, Oberon began appearing in fewer and fewer films over the ensuing years.


In 1949, 12 years after her mother's death, she commissioned a painting of her from an old photograph, instructing the painter to lighten her mother's complexion to hide the fact that she was part-Indian.


After her role in Berlin Express (1948) she would not be seen on the screen again until four years later, as Elizabeth Rockwell in Pardon My French (1951).


The 1940s proved to be a very busy decade for her, as she appeared in no less than 15 films.


Her most critically acclaimed performance--hailed by some critics as "masterful" -- was as Cathy Linton in Wuthering Heights (1939).


Because of facial scars she sustained in a London car crash in 1937, her future husband, cinematographer Lucien Ballard, designed a compact spotlight that he coined the "Obie" (Oberon's nickname). Mounted on the side of the camera, it lights the subject head-on, thus reducing the incidence of unflattering facial lines and shadows.


Her work in that film resulted in offers for more quality pictures, and she appeared in several well received films, such as These Three (1936), Over the Moon (1939) and The Divorce of Lady X (1938).


With her nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress as Kitty Vane in The Dark Angel (1935), Oberon became a star in both the UK and the USA.


After her portrayal of Lady Marguerite Blakeney in The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), Hollywood beckoned and she left to try her hand in US films.

American movie executives already had some idea of her talent due to her role in Vagabond Violinist (1934) (US title: Vagabond Violinist) was a success in that country.




Finally she landed a part with substance: the role of Ysobel d'Aunay in Men of Tomorrow (1932). That was quickly followed by The Private Life of Henry VIII.


She appeared in an uncredited role in Alf's Button (1930), a pattern that would unfortunately repeat itself regularly over the next three years. However, movie moguls eventually saw an untapped talent in their midst and began grooming Oberon for something bigger.


Most early biographies of her credited Service for Ladies (1927) as her first Alexander Korda film, but she was not in it nor Never Trouble Trouble (1931), another film in which is is often incorrectly included.


Estelle Merle Thompson was born in India on February 19, 1911 of Welsh and Ceylonese (now Sri Lankan) descent. She was educated in that country until the age of 17, when she left for London. She began her career in British films with mostly forgettable roles or bit parts.