She is a legendary actress known for her amazing performances in Hollywood classics like “Miracle on 34th Street” and other movies by John Ford. Maureen O’ Hara is no longer with us. Read on to know more.
Maureen O’ Hara, 95, passed away due to natural causes while sleeping, according to her family members. The actress died at her house in Boise, Idaho.
A statement released by her family said that Maureen was a much loved friend, great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother. She died peacefully while being surrounded by her dear family members, while they in turn remembered her by playing music from “The Quiet Man”, her favorite film.
Maureen was born in Dublin’s suburb in Ireland as Maureen Fitz Simons. Her father was a businessman while her mother was a well-known contralto at that time. She had five other brothers and sisters.
She was paired opposite several famous leading men during her time, such as John Wayne, Tyrone Power, Brian Keith, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Rex Harrison, and John Payne. Maureen and her leading man John Wayne acted together, in “The Quiet Man”, perhaps her most memorable movie in 1952. Ford directed her in this famous movie.
O’Hara was Ford’s favorite who directed her in five movies altogether. The movie “How Green Was My Valley” was awarded with five Academy Awards and was released in 1941. However, O’ Hara did not receive any award for it.
Maureen was known for flawless “peaches and cream complexion”, lovely greed eyes, and a passionate redhead.
She started her career in Hollywood in the movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, opposite Charles Laughton in 1939.
O’ Hara had a memorable role in “Miracle on 34th Street”, a holiday classic released in 1947. The movie also saw Natalie Wood co-starring with her.
The actress pursued her singing career through records and television appearances while in her forties. Maureen also acted in some family comedies that included “The Parent Trap” in the year 1961.
Maureen O’ Hara was awarded with an honorary Academy Awards in the lifetime achievement category.
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