Merle Oberon Org. WW2 photo, Bundles for Britain 1940s

This is an original photograph of Merle Oberon and 5 other ladies helping with the war effort

"Bundles for Britain"

In September 1940, as German guns on the French coast shelled London and Prime Minister Winston Churchill prepared for the Nazi invasion of Britain, "Bundles for Britain" benefit parties and sewing meetings were held at the Clearwater Garden Center and Sasser's Grill, while private Teas for British Aid were held in Clearwater homes.

This photo was taken out side the dressing room most likely while shooting a movie

The photos comes from the personal collection of Knute Rahmn who was Mary Pickford's photographer. I assume he took the photo but I have no proof of that. Rahmn was everyw in Hollywood's heyday and collected and shot some amazing imagery.

I asume Rahmn or one of his family members wrote the name of the actress on the on the back of the photo

Judging by the quality Rahmn may have made the print himself

A small silver fish mark top right

The words "This is an ebay photo" are not on the print

Amazing WW2 image

I garreteer this photo to be authentic

Merle Oberon From Wikipedia

Early life

Oberon was born in Bombay (now Mumbai ), India. Her mother, Charlotte, was an Anglo- Sinhalese nurse; her father,

In 1914, when she was 3, Merle's father died of pneumonia on the Western Front in the early months of World War I . Mother and daughter led an impoverished existence in shabby Bombay apartments for a few years. Then, in 1917, they moved to better circumstances in Calcutta (now Kolkata ). Merle received a foundation scholarship to attend La Martiniere College for Girls, a well known Calcutta private school. T, she was constantly taunted for her unconventional parentage and eventually quit school and had her lessons at home.

Merle first performed with the Calcutta Amateur Dramatic Society. She was also completely enamored of the movies and enjoyed going out to nightclubs. As she entered her teen years, she dated increasingly older, urbane men.

In 1929, she met a former actor who claimed he could introduce her to Rex Ingram of Victorine Studios . Merle jumped at the offer and decided to follow the man to the studios in France. However, when he saw Merle's dark mother one night at her apartment and realized Merle was mixed-race, he secretly decided to end the relationship. After packing all their belongings and moving to France, Merle and her mother found that their supposed benefactor had dodged them. However, he had left a good word for Merle with Rex Ingram at the studios in Nice . Ingram liked Merle's exotic appearance. She was quickly hired to be an extra in a party scene.

Film career

Merle arrived in England for the first time in 1928. Initially she worked as a club hostess under the name Queenie O'Brien and played in minor and unbilled roles in various films. Her film career received a major boost when Alexander Korda took an interest and gave her a small but prominent role, under the name Merle Oberon , as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) opposite Charles Laughton . The film became a major success and she was then given leading roles, such as the The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) with Leslie Howard who became her lover for a while.

Oberon's career went on to greater heights partly as a result of her relationship with and later marriage to director Alexander Korda , who had persuaded her to take the name under which she became famous. He sold "shares" of her contract to producer Samuel Goldwyn who gave her good vehicles. She received her only Oscar nomination for The Dark Angel (1935) produced by Goldwyn. Around this time she had a serious romance with David Niven . She was selected to star in Korda's fi...
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