Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara is another favorite actress.

Maureen-OHaraIn America, the early performing arts accomplishments of young Maureen FitzSimons (who we know as Maureen O’Hara) would definitely have put her in the child prodigy category. However, for a child of Irish heritage surrounded by gifted parents and family, these were very natural traits. Maureen made her entrance into this caring haven on August 17, 1920, in Ranelagh (a suburb of Dublin), Ireland. Her mother, Marguerita Lilburn FitzSimons, was an accomplished contralto. Her father, Charles FitzSimons, managed a business in Dublin and also owned part of the renowned Irish soccer team “The Shamrock Rovers”. Maureen was the second of six FitzSimons children – Peggy, Florrie Charles F. FitzSimonsMargot Fitzsimons and James O’Hara completed this beautiful family.

Born:

 Maureen FitzSimons 
in Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland [now Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland]

Actress (65 credits)
 2000The Last Dance (TV Movie)
Helen Parker
 1998Cab to Canada (TV Movie)
Katherine Eure
 1995The Christmas Box (TV Movie)
Mary Parkin (Mrs. Parkin)
 1973The Red Pony (TV Movie)
Ruth Tiflin
 1971Big Jake
Martha McCandles
 1970How Do I Love Thee?
Elsie Waltz
 1966The Garry Moore Show (TV Series)
Sara Longstreet

– High Button Shoes (1966) … Sara Longstreet
 1966The Rare Breed
Martha Price
 1963A Cry of Angels (TV Movie)
Susanna Cibber
 1962Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation
Peggy Hobbs

 1962Theatre ’62 (TV Series)

– Spellbound (1962)
 1961The Deadly Companions
Kit Tildon
 1960Mrs. Miniver (TV Movie)
Mrs. Miniver
 1959Our Man in Havana
Beatrice Severn
 1957The Wings of Eagles
Min Wead
 1956Everything But the Truth
Joan Madison
 1956Lisbon
Sylvia Merrill
 1955The Magnificent Matador
Karen Harrison
 1955The Long Gray Line
Mary O’Donnell
 1954Malaga
Joanna Dana
 1953War Arrow
Elaine Corwin
 1952Against All Flags
Prudence ‘Spitfire’ Stevens
 1952Kangaroo
Dell McGuire
 1952At Sword’s Point
Claire – daughter of Athos
 1951Flame of Araby
Princess Tanya
 1950Comanche Territory
Katie Howard
 1949Father Was a Fullback
Elizabeth Cooper
 1949The Forbidden Street
Adelaide ‘Addie’ Culver
 1948Sitting Pretty
Tacey King
 1947The Foxes of Harrow
Odalie ‘Lilli’ D’Arceneaux
 1943The Fallen Sparrow
Toni Donne
 1943This Land Is Mine
Louise Martin
 1942To the Shores of Tripoli
Lt. Mary Carter
 1939Jamaica Inn
Mary – Joss Merlyn’s Niece
 1938Little Miss Molly
Eileen O’Shea (as Maureen FitzSimons)
 1938The Playboy
Secretary (as Maureen FitzSimons)
McLintock! 4.jpg

“McLintock! 4” by DVD (Batjac-Paramount Pictures) – McLintock! film screenshot. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Quotes:

Speaking as an actress, I wish all actors would be more like Duke [John Wayne]–and speaking as a person, it would be nice if all people could be honest and as genuine as he is. This is a real man

[her advice to young people wanting a career in drama – 2010] If you really want it, go after it–and learn how to speak properly, for God’s sake!

Trivia:

Crack typist who typed some of her own scripts/rewrites.

Starred with John Wayne in 5 movies: Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Wings of Eagles (1957), McLintock! (1963) and Big Jake (1971). In all five, Wayne and O’Hara played husband and wife and, in all five, they were estranged at least briefly. The first three were directed by John Ford.

She is the only credited cast member of Miracle on 34th Street (1947) who is still alive.

In the early 1940s was one of the actresses invited to the White House for a benefit dinner. She sat right next to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

She is the second actress, after Myrna Loy (in 1991), to receive an honorary Academy Award without ever having been nominated previously.

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