Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara, the flame-haired Irish movie star who appeared in classics ranging from the grim “How Green Was My Valley” to the uplifting “Miracle on 34th Street” and bantered unforgettably with John Wayne in several films. She was 95.

O’Hara died in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho, said Johnny Nicoletti, her longtime manager.

“She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favourite movie, ’The Quiet Man,”’ said a statement from her family.

“As an actress, Maureen O’Hara brought unyielding strength and sudden sensitivity to every role she played. Her characters were feisty and fearless, just as she was in real life. She was also proudly Irish and spent her entire lifetime sharing her heritage and the wonderful culture of the Emerald Isle with the world,” said a family biography.

 O’Hara came to Hollywood to star in the 1939 “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and went on to a long career.

During her movie heyday, she became known as the Queen of Technicolor because of the camera’s love affair with her vivid hair, pale complexion and fiery nature.


  • Goldcoaster

    she will be missed.

    • infedel

      I love Western culture — “feisty and fearless”.

  • That is a shame.

    • infedel

      She was blessed….I hope to live to 95; my great Aunt is 96 and still driving around and getting into mischief!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    She was my boyhood crush.

  • Dana Garcia

    She was terrific. I still love those films from the 1940’s.

  • Xavier

    She was ravishing. It’s hard to pick a favorite film but The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Quiet Man, and McLintock! were great films. If you’re a fan of The Quiet Man, pay attention to John Wayne’s right hand – she broke his wrist in the scene where they meet on the old cottage, and you can see him awkwardly use his left hand to block her blow in a retake. In the rest of the movie his right hand goes unused, and the ending scene when she’s marched home was changed to accommodate his injury.

    • infedel

      Fascinating — Thanks.

    • Gary

      Ah yes the Hunchback.
      I forgot about that because while I didn’t remember her name …..the face rings a bell.

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  • Gary

    When colour film was the craze in the 1940’s , Susan Hayward made it big for her red hair and then Lucille Ball dyed hers a few times . She was a natural brunette and when blonde for a bit but then to her famous red known as golden apricot by staff or burnt sienna by others which got her popular in movies and ads.