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Merle Oberon Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

Merle Oberon Quick Info
Height 5 ft 2 in
Weight 48 kg
Date of Birth February 19, 1911
Zodiac Sign Pisces
Date of Death November 23, 1979

Merle Oberon was an Indian-born British actor, writer, and producer whose career started in British films. She went on to appear in several movies like The Dark AngelWuthering Heights, The Private Life of Henry VIIIWedding RehearsalThat Uncertain FeelingThe Cowboy and the Lady, Men of TomorrowThe Broken MelodyThe BattleThe Private Life of Don JuanThe Lion Has WingsOver the Moon, Temptation, The Scarlet PimpernelFolies Bergère de ParisHotelThe Divorce of Lady XNight SongForever and a DayThis Love of OursDans la vie tout s’arrange24 Hours of a Woman’s LifeOf Love and DesireDeep in My HeartAll Is Possible in Granada, and I, Claudius. For her performance in The Dark Angel (1935), she was nominated for the Academy Award for “Best Actress”.

Born Name

Estelle Merle O’Brien Thompson

Nick Names

Merle, Obie, Queenie

Merle Oberon in a publicity photo in 1943
Merle Oberon in a publicity photo in 1943 (Studio / eBay / Public Domain)


She was born on February 19, 1911.


On November 23, 1979, she died at 68 after suffering a stroke in Malibu, California, United States.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Bombay, British India





Merle Oberon attended La Martiniere Calcutta for Girls, one of the best private schools in Calcutta, India.


Actor, Writer, Producer


  • Mother – Constance
  • Siblings – Edna (Younger Half-Sister), Douglas (Younger Half-Brother), Harry (Younger Half-Brother), Stanislaus (Stan) (Younger Half-Brother)
  • Others – Henry Alfred Selby (Biological Maternal Grandfather) (Anglo-Irish foreman of a tea plantation), Charlotte Selby (Biological Maternal Grandmother), Alexander Soares (Stepfather), Shelley Conn (Niece) (Actor, Producer)

Net Worth

According to, her net worth was $4 Million at the time of her death.



Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier in 'Wuthering Heights' (1939)
Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier in ‘Wuthering Heights’ (1939) (Wid’s Films and Film Folk, inc. / The Film Daily / Public Domain)


5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm


48 kg or 106 lbs

Boyfriend / Spouse

Merle Oberon had dated –

  1. Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
  2. Prince Philip
  3. Eddie Fisher – RUMOR
  4. Stewart Granger
  5. Joseph M. Schenck
  6. James Cagney
  7. David Niven (1930) – She was in a serious relationship with actor and memoirist David Niven and she wanted them to get married. However, he was unfaithful to her.
  8. Prince Aly Khan (1930-1934)
  9. Maurice Chevalier (1931-1932)
  10. Robert Donat (1932-1933)
  11. Frank Sinatra (1933)
  12. Darryl F. Zanuck (1934)
  13. Leslie Howard (1934-1935)
  14. Brian Aherne (1936)
  15. Clark Gable (1936-1938)
  16. Miles Mander (1938)
  17. Gary Cooper (1938)
  18. Alexander Korda (1939-1945)​ – She married director Alexander Korda in 1939 and became Lady Korda when her husband was knighted in 1942 by George VI for his contribution to the war effort. They divorced in 1945.
  19. George Brent (1939)
  20. Rex Harrison (1939-1941)
  21. Greg Bautzer (1940)
  22. Richard Harris (1941-1955)
  23. Richard Hillary (1941) – She had a fling with Richard Hillary, an Anglo-Australian Royal Air Force fighter pilot during the Second World War, in 1941.
  24. Ronald Colman (1942)
  25. Lucien Ballard (1945-1949)​ – Merle was married to American cinematographer Lucien Ballard from 1945 to 1949.
  26. Turhan Bey (1945)
  27. Robert Ryan (1947)
  28. Giorgio Cini (1948-1949)
  29. David Beatty (1950)
  30. Paul Henreid (1951)
  31. Marlon Brando (1954)
  32. Rex Ross (1955)
  33. Bruno Pagliai (1957-1973)​ – She tied the knot with Italian-born industrialist Bruno Pagliai in 1957 and they adopted 2 children – Francesca and Bruno Jr. The marriage ended in divorce in 1973.
  34. Richard Rush (1963)
  35. Steve Cochran (1963)
  36. Rod Taylor (1966)
  37. Robert Wolders (1973-1979) – She met Dutch television actor Robert Wolders in 1973 and they married in 1975. He was 25 years her junior and the couple remained together until her death in 1979.

Race / Ethnicity

Mixed (White and Asian)

Merle Oberon was of English, Irish, Indian, and Māori descent.

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Petite stature

Merle Oberon in 1936
Merle Oberon in 1936 (Robert Coburn / Stage Publishing Company, Inc. / Public Domain)

Merle Oberon Facts

  1. Her mother was just 12 years old when she gave birth to Merle and she was raised by her maternal grandmother as her daughter.
  2. Merle Oberon was 17 years old when she arrived in England for the first time in 1928.
  3. She had sensitive skin and suffered damage to her complexion in 1940 from a combination of cosmetic poisoning and an allergic reaction to sulfa drugs.
  4. For her contributions to Motion Pictures, Oberon was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (at 6250 Hollywood Boulevard) on February 8, 1960.

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