Maureen O'Hara - Iconic Irish Actress
Famous for her flow of red hair, Maureen O’Hara was born into the arts sphere of life in 1920.
Her mother was an operatic singer who instilled in her daughter an aptitude for music and drama.
Born Maureen Fitzsimons at Milltown, Co. Dublin, she had three sisters and two brothers.
Growing up in Milltown as a teenager, Maureen supported her local soccer club, Shamrock Rovers.In her first film, ‘Jamaica Inn’ she co-starred with Charles Laughton and he was also persuasive in her
decision to change her surname from Fitzsimons to O’Hara.
Maureen is best remembered in Ireland for her role as Mary Kate Danaher when she starred with John
Wayne in the 1951 film ‘The Quiet Man’, filmed at Cong, Co. Mayo and in Co. Galway also.
This legendary film lives on with golden memories for many movie fans around the world but the film is especially significant in Irish film history.
Other films of note for Maureen include ‘The Hunchback Of NotreDame’ - ‘How Green Was My Valley’ - ‘The Black Swan’ - ‘Buffalo Bill’ - ‘Our Man In Havana’ and many other films of international repute.
At the age of seventy one the Dublin actress made a comeback on the big sceen in ‘Only The Lonely’.
She also took the role of Grand Marshal of New York for the annual traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade.
In a career that blossomed through the 20 th century Maureen O’Hara became one of Ireland’s most famous and celebrated actresses.
The events of her famous life were put into print in 2004 with a publication entitled ‘Tis Herself’.
Glengarriffe in West Cork, Ireland, became an important peaceful and quiet location for Maureen in her retirement years to reflect on her life in the movie industry.
In 2012 Maureen O’Hara will reached her 92 nd year and as a Famous Daughter of Ireland her name will always be preserved for future Irish generations.