But new records show her father was in fact a railway engineer from Darlington - who had Merle by the daughter of his then-girlfriend.
Actress Merle Oberon was born today in Some of her list of credits include Wuthering Heights, Desiree, Hotel, Berlin Express, A Song To Remember and That Uncertain Feeling. She also appeared on TV drama shows. She passed in
Merle Oberon as Catherine Earnshaw Linton and David Niven as Edgar Linton in "Wuthering Heights" Director: William Wyler.