Maureen O’Hara, 95, ‘Queen of Technicolor’

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Five great Maureen O’Hara performances (+1).

Mr Higgins, who is on an eight-day official visit to the US, said: “She will be remembered as an outstanding and versatile actress, whose work especially in film, will endure for many years to come. “I especially remember with affection her recent visit to Áras an Uachtaráin (the presidential residence), when we discussed among other things her great love of Ireland and her strong family links to Shamrock Rovers.” O’Hara, once regarded as among the most beautiful women on Earth, was a red-haired Irish-born actress who revelled in playing passionate heroines in the golden era of Hollywood. She was one of the most talented film stars of her generation, a huge box-office draw who scooped up award after award during her long and spectacular career.

Among the films which made her famous were How Green Was My Valley, Jamaica Inn, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Foxes of Harrow, The Quiet Man and The Black Swan. In 1946, she became a naturalised citizen of the United States.O’Hara also possessed a fine soprano voice and she described singing as her first love. She wrote in her autobiography: “Enrique saved me from the darkness of an abusive marriage.” She married her third husband, Charles F Blair, Jr, on March 12, 1968. The 1939 film was more emotionally grounded than the near-horror of Lon Chaney’s version and it featured the most captivating Esmerelda ever in the young Maureen O’Hara.

This John Hughes production was not the greatest movie, but it facilitated some smashing byplay between O’Hara as a fierce Irish mother and John Candy as her sat-upon son. Last year the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to present O’Hara with an honorary award recognising her lifetime of achievement.

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