Merle Oberon

  • Birth Name: Estelle Merle Thompson
  • Birth Place: Mumbai, India
  • Died: November 23, 1979
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Propagated the story that she was born to a Colonial English family in Tasmania, Australia in order to hide her bi-racial parentage, which was a subject of prejudice. 
  • Performed under the name Queenie Thompson early in her career.
  • Was involved in a car accident that left her face scarred in 1937, forcing director Alexander Korda to shut down production on I, Claudius, which was filming at the time.
  • Husband cinematographer Lucien Ballard designed an extremely flattering light for her known as the Obie, which is still used today.


  • 1935, Oscar — Best Actress: Nominee


  • Giorgio Cini — Ex-significant Other
  • Bruno Pagliani — Son
  • Alexander Korda — Ex-husband
  • Robert Wolders — Husband
  • Bruno Pagliani — Ex-husband
  • Francesca Pagliani — Daughter
  • Lucien Ballard — Ex-husband

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