ACTRESS Maureen O’Hara, 95 has died in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday October 24, her longtime manager Johnny Nicoletti said.
The legendary Irish-American actress was born Maureen FitzSimons in 1920, in Dublin, and is best known for her role in films by John Ford, such as Rio Grande (where she starred with another legendary actor, John Wayne), Disney’s The Parent Trap (1961), and the Christmas hit Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
In O’Hara’s biography, she wrote, “When I was young, I didn’t think I was at all pretty. I was told only that I had a sulky, pouty face. Ironically, after I got to Hollywood, I resented that I didn’t get a crack at more dramatic role because I photographed so beautifully. More than anything, though, it was the way I used my eyes that caused audiences to look deep inside my characters to see what else was there.”
Though never nominated for an Oscar award, the actress received an honorary award in 2014, for her achievements. The Irish arts minister refers to O’Hara as “the quintessential Irish success story”.
In a statement, her family said, “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.”
Her family have reported, she died listening to music from the film The Quiet Man, which is one of the many where she starred with wayne, and once said, this was the one she was most proud of.