Not really. She was actually maimed in an automobile accident requiring the creation of a special light called the Obie to conceal the deformity. Further aggravating her condition was a pioneer experiment in dermabrasion that caused her pores to collapse like sinkholes.
She was hideous to her mother, who was Indian. When she was with Merle in California the star would tell people the old woman was her maid, because she didn't want anyone to know she wasn't a pristinely white lady.
Well, her mother played along, didn't she.
R7 even if her mother played around if Oberon did what R6 says that she did then she was probably an absolute cunt. How vulgar of her, if it's true!
Try being half Indian in Hollywood or Britain in the 30's / 40's. You would probably do the same. Try being being that even today and see how loved you are by the general public!
She looks 100% Indian to me. How could people not tell? And her nosejob was hideous. Had to have a nosejob to look whiter? That was terrible!
"Try being half Indian in Hollywood or Britain in the 30's / 40's. You would probably do the same"
Boris Karloff (nee Henry Pratt) was also part Indian, and kept it quiet. Actors did that in those days, because Hollywood reserved all the major roles for white actors.
It is one thing to be Boris Karloff and quite another to be Merle Oberon.
Merle always was a fucking bore.
She once married one of the Korda brothers, too. I remember Michael Korda wrote a book about her. They called her Queenie I think.
I thought Merle was a beauty, but I preferred Hedy Lamarr. later Ava Gardner. But yes, Merle was one of the top beauties of her day.
That is the unsexiest name ever, though.
To hide the Indian heritage angle, they/she claimed to come from Tasmania!
Just her and Errol. Imagine her surprise 40 years later, when visiting Australia, they whisked her down to Tassie and asked her about her " memories ".
Her face was a picture!!
In the 1930s, when she was at the top of her game, Merle had an affair with David Niven. Niven was sharing a house with Errol Flynn, who really WAS from Tasmania!
I wonder if the two met then, and if so, I wonder how awkward the conversation was.
I loved her dearly. We were very close. Like sisters.
Larry Olivier, sarcastically
Rob Wolders was really an A-List COCKsman. He married Merle (who it's said she left her fortune to),jumped over to Audrey Hepburn, after Merle's death, and then dated Leslie Caron. He was a big piece-o-handsome when he was young.
She was also one of the last to get ahold of Steve COCHran, or Stevie's big cock, which has been much mentioned here on DL - one of Hollywood's biggest. Merle had him /it just before he went on a boat trip, scouting locations in South America. Got sick,on board, and died. Merle spent thousands of $$$ to investigate his death. Big weiners linger in the mind (and elsewhere).
Mamie Van D. however what she did to her mother (if she did that) was monstrous. You believe she did that? Then...she was a fake bitch. Sorry!