Saturday, October 24, 2015

Obituary: Maureen O'Hara

One of the last stars of Hollywood's "golden age," Maureen O'Hara, who started her acting career way back in the 1930s but best remembered for her appearances in Technicolor films like The Quiet Man, died peacefully surrounded by family members. She was 95 years old.

She was born in Ireland but spent much of her life in the United States.

O'Hara had just sold her home in Ireland last month.

Another of her memorable performances was as the mother of Natalie Wood in the 1947 film Miracle of 34th Street.

“Maureen was our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favorite movie, The Quiet Man.”

The family said that as an actor, 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. Later in life, she became the first woman president of a commercially scheduled airline in the United States. ”

She and her Quiet Man co-star John Wayne were close friends for many decades until his death in 1979.

Here is a 2000 interview with Larry King:

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