Remembering Maureen O’Hara

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         Maureen O’Hara made an indelible impression on moviegoers of
several generations. Here at the Savannah Film Festival, the gifted young
actress Saoirse Ronan spoke of meeting her and how she represented a success
story that resounded with Irish moviegoers to this very day. She was inevitably
described as fiery (in part because of her flaming red hair) and feisty,
onscreen and off. On film this quality made her a perfect partner for John
Wayne, someone who could stand up to him—believably. In person, it meant there
was no such thing as a dull conversation, even if some of the stories she spun
might best be described as blarney.

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         I only met her once, on the set of the 1991 movie Only
the Lonely
, in which she played John Candy’s mother, but she gave me a
lively interview. She spoke fondly of her mentors, Charles Laughton and
producer Erich Pommer, and named They Met in Argentina as her all-time
worst movie. I regret that being out of town prevents me from digging into my
files and quoting from that conversation, but I hope to do so when I return
home. I couldn’t let the week pass without posting something about O’Hara and
her contribution to the golden age of Hollywood.


  1. Steve Rubin says:

    I found it interesting in one of the obits that said Technicolor owed her a debt because the breathtaking color process of that era was so designed to show off the glory of Ms. O’Hara’s red hair and green eyes. Of course I couldn’t appreciate that – the first time I saw Maureen O’Hara she was in total black and white in Miracle on 34th Street, playing Natalie Wood’s mom.

  2. John says:

    I first fell in love with Maureen O’Hara at 12 years old when I saw her in "The Quiet Man…ah so lovely and radiant in Color by Technicolor! It’s of course sad to see one of the last of the real "movie stars" from the Golden Age of Hollywood leave us yet comforting to know that she that lived she lived such a long and rich life. R.I.P. Maureen O’Hara.

  3. Norm says:

    A wonderful actress and exceptional person, the two are seldom synonymous…

  4. Barton B Mac Leod says:

    "I had the pleasure of meeting Maureen O’Hara in May 2013. I also worked with her co-star John Wayne in my 20’s. Motion Pictures Photographer ..

  5. Ken Bass says:

    I was honored to meet her during her 93rd birthday observance here in Boise. Johnny Nicoletti, her manager, set up a private meeting, so that I could have her autograph a photo she had autographed for my dad back in the 50’s. We got to talk a bit, and I was utterly charmed. I remember her telling me that I really needed to see "Sentimental Journey," with John Payne. She said it was one of her favorites. I’m so sad I never was able to spend any more time with her. I know there were also some issues at the time about her estate back in Ireland, and she was a bit upset about everything going on with that.

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