The legendary actress Maureen O’Hara passed away on October 24th, 2015 of natural causes. She was 95 years old.
Miss O’Hara was born in Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland on August 17th, 1920. She would marry three times: to George H. Brown (1939-1941), Will Price (1941-1953), and Charles F. Blair, Jr. (1968-1978).
Miss O’Hara first became known after her appearances in the 1939 movies Jamaica Inn (directed by Alfred Hitchcock), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (alongside Charles Laughton.) Her career was further cemented with her Academy Award nominated role in Miracle on 34th Street in 1947.
Miss O’Hara will be remembered for her work with director John Ford and actor John Wayne. She would appear in five films alongside John Wayne: Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings of Eagles, McLintock!, and Big Jake. John Ford would direct her in five films: How Green Was My Valley, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, Long Gray Line, and Wings of Eagles.
She would retire after making the TV movie The Red Pony alongside Henry Fonda. However, she would come of retirement to make Only the Lonely with John Candy.
Miss O’Hara would receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a Heritage Award from the Ireland-American Fund, and was the 1999 Grand Marshal of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. She was also elected to the Irish America Hall of Fame, and received an honorary Oscar for her work in 2014.
Miss O’Hara would write her own autobiography ( ’Tis Herself), as well as two recordings: Love Letters from Maureen O’Hara and Maureen O’Hara Sings her Favorite Irish Songs.
Miss O’Hara died peacefully at her home in Idaho, where she had been living for the past couple of years.