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Merle Oberon (1917-1979), Film actress

Merle Oberon (Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson)

Sitter in 29 portraits
Merle O'Brien was born in Bombay of an Anglo-Indian mother and an Australian father. She came to London when she was 17. Under her stage name, Merle Oberon, she was nominated for an Oscar for her part as Kitty Vane in The Dark Angel (1935). However, she is best remembered for playing Cathy in Wuthering Heights (1939) with Laurence Olivier as Heathcliffe.

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x135050

The opening night of 'The Private Life of Henry VIII'

by George Woodbine, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 24 October 1933
NPG x135050

x14167

Merle Oberon

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1934
NPG x14167

x19360

Merle Oberon

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 4 February 1937
NPG x19360

x19361

Merle Oberon

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 4 February 1937
NPG x19361

x19236

Merle Oberon

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate film negative, 4 February 1937
NPG x19236

x194012

Alexander Korda; Merle Obero

by International News Photos
vintage print, 22 September 1942
NPG x194012

x14168

Merle Oberon

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, circa 1955
NPG x14168

D312

Diners at Denham Studios Restaurant

by Anthony Wysard
watercolour and pencil, published 1937
NPG D312

6636

Merle Oberon

by Victor Weisz
ink, gouache and crayon, circa 1945
NPG 6636

x194149

Merle Oberon

by E. Woods
vintage print, 1930s
NPG x194149

x34550

Merle Oberon

by Tunbridge
bromide print, 1933
NPG x34550

x137075

Merle Oberon (Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson)

by Walter Bird
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 13 December 1933
NPG x137075

x137586

Alexander Korda; Merle Oberon

by Alexander Paal
photogravure reproduction tear sheet, published 10 January 1940
NPG x137586

x194302

Oliver Messel; Peter Cusick; Merle Oberon

by Carl Perutz
vintage print, circa 1950
NPG x194302

x36813

Merle Oberon

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1956
NPG x36813

x36814

Merle Oberon

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1956
NPG x36814

x36815

Merle Oberon

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1956
NPG x36815

x36816

Merle Oberon

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1956
NPG x36816

x36817

Merle Oberon

by Dorothy Wilding
half-plate film negative, 1956
NPG x36817