"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Girl of the Day - Merle Oberon

One of the classic beauties of Hollywood's classic period, the 1930s, Merle Oberon was the star of Wuthering Heights and the Scarlet Pimpernel, always playing an aristocratic British lady of impeccable manners and virtue.    The reality was somewhat different:  born in India in 1911, there is some evidence that Oberon was of mixed-race ancestry; she may have worked as a telephone operator and nightclub hostess before becoming an actress; and she was married three times.   But, man, what a face!

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