Maureen O'Hara

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Maureen O'Hara

Born

8/17/1920, Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland (now Ranelagh, County Ireland, Republic of Irel

Birth Name

Maureen FitzSimons

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Maureen FitzSimons
9.3
out of 10
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8 votes

Biography

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O'Hara was the red headed Hollywood starlet of the 1940's and 50's. She was cast opposite such notable men as Tyrone Power, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Vincent Price. One of her most recognizable roles was in the 1947 classic, A Miracle on 34th Street. Maureen FitzSimons was born…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • O'Hara is a big fan of Opera, and her one regret is that she never had a chance to sing an Opera.

    • Maureen O'Hara is very proud of her Irish heritage.

    • O'Hara admires the work of fellow actors, Liam Neeson and Sean Connery. She states that she would enjoy working with them.

    • O'Hara enjoys music from Broadway, classical music, opera, and ancient Irish melodies.

    • O'Hara's brother, Charles FitzSimons, was a TV producer.

    • In 2004, O'Hara's autobiography, Tis Herself was published.

    • O'Hara's last performance was in the 2000 TV movie, The Last Dance. She starred as a high school Latin teacher opposite of Eric Stoltz.

    • In 1957, O'Hara sued Confidential magazine. The magazine had announced in its headlines that she had been seen in a compromising position with "a mysterious Hispanic man in the back row at Grauman's Chinese Theater." As proof that this was an unfounded allegation, O'Hara offered her passport as proof she had been out of the country at the time.

    • O'Hara got her first role in film at the age of 17. It was a small role in The Playboy, filmed in London.

    • While in her teenage years, O'Hara sang and acted on Irish radio.

    • Aside from performing, O'Hara learned judo, fenced, and played soccer while in her youth.

    • O'Hara wrote a general interest column for The Virgin Insider, a tourist magazine.

    • After Charles Blair's death in 1978, O'Hara assumed her late husband's position as president of Antilles Airboats (a Caribbean commuter airline) for a short time.

    • O'Hara was married three times:

      -George Hanley Brown in 1938 (their marriage was annulled in 1941)

      -William Price (director) from 1941 until 1953. The couple had a daughter, Bronwyn Price.

      -Charles F. Blair (aviator) from 1968 until his tragic death in a plane crash on September 2, 1978.

    • O'Hara starred in several Technicolor films for which she was given the nickname, "Queen of Technicolor."

    • Maureen was convinced by her mentor, Oscar-winning movie star and producer Charles Laughton, to change her last name to O'Hara.

    • O'Hara was good friends with the late John Wayne.

    • Irish-born Maureen O'Hara became an American citizen on January 25, 1946.

    • Maureen's daughter, Bronwyn, was born on June 30, 1944. She named her daughter after a character in a movie she starred in, How Green Was My Valley.

    • Maureen's measurements: 36 1/2C-25-36 (Celebrity Sleuth Magazine)

    • Maureen was the Lustre-Creme model in 1952.

    • Maureen starred in an unsold pilot for a CBS comedy series, Daphne, in which she played a single mother in 1966.

    • Maureen appeared as the host of an unsold anthology series, "The Lady In The Case" in 1959.

    • Maureen appeared in magazine ads for Lux Soap in 1950.

    • Maureen received the Golden Boot award in 1991.

    • Maureen has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Maureen is the last surviving member of the cast of Miracle On 34th Street (1947).

    • Maureen preferred to do her own stunts, in films like Against All Flags (1952), where she played a female pirate captain.

    • Maureen is 5 feet 8 inches tall.

  • Quotes

    • O'Hara: (On her friends) You have to realize that all of my good friends starting with Tyrone Power, Cornell Wilde, Charles Laughton, Henry Fonda, Brian, Jimmy Stewart, and topping it all off with John Wayne, they've all left, and I'm still here. Oh yes - and of course Roddy McDowall, he was my dear, dear friend for many years. I miss him terribly.

    • O'Hara: God made Ireland. I think that was his most beautiful job.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • There are too many classification choices for the all-time great actress, Maureen O'Hara.

    10
    As a young child, I grew up watching old movies on television. One of my personal favorite movies was The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Miss O'Hara was gorgeous. Her character, Mary Kate Danaher, was the one that I will always associate with her. If given a choice I would watch a movie with Miss O'Hara than with most of the new movies out now. Miracle on 34th Street was another of my favorites with her, and it is indeed another classic. And for her newer movies I also love her in Only the Lonely and The Christmas Box. While this review is not doing Miss O'Hara sufficient justice, I would like to share something here that is a living tribute to her. My husband and I named our daughter, Mary Kate, after Miss O'Hara's character in The Quiet Man. My Mary Kate is like Miss O'Hara's character, gorgeous, strong, intelligent, and independent. Thank you for your life's work, Miss O'Hara!moreless
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