Maureen O'Hara

So striking in appearance that Technicolor inventor Herbert Kalmus was said to have used her red-haired and green-eyed image to promote his creation, Maureen O'Hara was an Irish-born actress whose versatility allowed ... Read more »
Born: 08/17/1920 in Ireland


Actor (64)

The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Last Dance 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


John Ford: An American Icon 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Hayley Mills 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


John Wayne: The Unquiet American 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Roddy McDowall: Hollywood's Best Friend 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


The Christmas Box 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


John Candy: A Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Perry Como's Irish Christmas 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


John Ford 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Only the Lonely 1991 (Movie)

Rose Muldoon (Actor)

The Red Pony 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


The Fabulous Fordies 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)


Big Jake 1971 (Movie)

Martha McCandles (Actor)

How Do I Love Thee? 1969 (Movie)

Elsie Waltz (Actor)

The Rare Breed 1965 (Movie)

Martha Price (Actor)

The Battle of the Villa Fiorita 1964 (Movie)

Moira (Actor)

Spencer's Mountain 1963 (Movie)

Olivia Spencer (Actor)

McLintock! 1962 (Movie)

Katherine McLintock (Actor)

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation 1961 (Movie)

Peggy Hobbs (Actor)

The Deadly Companions 1961 (Movie)

Kit Tilden (Actor)

The Parent Trap 1961 (Movie)

Maggie McKendrick (Actor)

Our Man in Havana 1959 (Movie)

Beatrice Severn (Actor)

The Wings of Eagles 1957 (Movie)

Minnie Wead (Actor)

Everything But the Truth 1956 (Movie)

Joan Madison (Actor)

The Long Gray Line 1955 (Movie)

Mary O'Donnell (Actor)

Fire Over Africa 1954 (Movie)

Joanna Dane (Actor)

Lady Godiva 1954 (Movie)

Lady Godiva (Actor)

The Magnificent Matador 1954 (Movie)

Karen Harrison (Actor)

War Arrow 1953 (Movie)

Elaine Corwin (Actor)

The Quiet Man 1952 (Movie)

Mary Kate Danaher (Actor)

Against All Flags 1951 (Movie)


Rio Grande 1950 (Movie)


A Woman's Secret 1949 (Movie)

Marian Washburn (Actor)

Miracle on 34th Street 1947 (Movie)

Doris Walker (Actor)

Sinbad the Sailor 1947 (Movie)


Buffalo Bill 1943 (Movie)


Fallen Sparrow 1942 (Movie)


How Green Was My Valley 1941 (Movie)

Angharad (Actor)

Ten Gentlemen From West Point 1941 (Movie)

Carolyn Bainbridge (Actor)

The Black Swan 1941 (Movie)


Dance, Girl, Dance 1939 (Movie)


Jamaica Inn 1938 (Movie)

Mary Yellen (Actor)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1938 (Movie)


Backstory (TV Show)


Bagdad (Movie)

Princess Marjan (Actor)

Cab to Canada (TV Show)


Directed by John Ford (TV Show)


Do You Love Me? (Movie)

Katherine Hilliard (Actor)

Flame of Araby (Movie)

Tanya (Actor)

Jamaica Inn (Movie)

Mary Yelland (Actor)

Sentimental Journey (Movie)

Julie (Actor)

Sitting Pretty (Movie)

Tacey (Actor)

The Foxes of Harrow (Movie)

Odalie d'Arceneaux (Actor)

The Homestretch (Movie)

Leslie Hale (Actor)

The Red Pony (Movie)

Ruth Tiflin (Actor)

The Redhead from Wyoming (Movie)

Kate Maxwell (Actor)

The Spanish Main (Movie)

Francisca (Actor)

This Land Is Mine (Movie)

Louise Martin (Actor)

To the Shores of Tripoli (Movie)

Second Lt. Mary Carler (Actor)

Tripoli (Movie)

Countess D'Ameau (Actor)


So striking in appearance that Technicolor inventor Herbert Kalmus was said to have used her red-haired and green-eyed image to promote his creation, Maureen O'Hara was an Irish-born actress whose versatility allowed her to move gracefully from dramas to comedies and even period adventures. She was a favorite of director John Ford, who cast her in five of his films, including "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), "Rio Grande" (1950) and "The Quiet Man" (1952). Her co-star in two Ford films was John Wayne, and their on-screen chemistry lead to several collaborations; she was also well-paired with James Stewart, with whom she appeared twice. She retired in the early 1970s and enjoyed a successful second career as a magazine publisher and later the first woman president of an airline company. After retiring from the screen for the second and final time in 2000, O'Hara lived a peaceful life under her death on October 24, 2015 at the age of 95.


Charles Blair

Aviation pioneer who was first pilot to make solo flight over Arctic Ocean and North Pole; Pan Am pilot for 30 years; ran a Caribbean commuter airline Antilles Airboats; wrote autobiography Red Ball in the Sky (1969) Married March 11, 1968 until his death Sept. 2, 1978 in crash of one of his commuter planes

George H. Brown Producer

Married June 12, 1939 Annulled Sept. 15, 1941

Margot FitzSimons


Bronwyn FitzSimons Actor

Born June 30, 1944; father, Will Price

Charles FitzSimons

Also partly owned Irish soccer team The Shamrock Rovers

Charles B. FitzSimons Producer

Born May 8, 1924 Died of liver failure Feb. 14, 2001

Peggy FitzSimons

Older; opera singer who won scholarship; entered religious life instead as Sisters of Charity nun

Marguerita FitzSimons


Clare Hamilton


James O'Hara Actor

Born Sept. 11, 1927 Died Dec. 3, 1992

Will Price Technical Advisor

Married Dec. 29, 1941 He directed her in "Tripoli" (1950) Divorced Aug. 11, 1953


Abbey Theatre School

won numerous prizes for elocution



Starred in the CBS TV movie "The Last Dance," her final screen role


Served as Grand Marshal of the annual St Patrick's Day parade in NYC


Played the lead in the TV-movie "Cab to Canada" (CBS)


Starred in the CBS TV-movie "The Christmas Box"


Made return to feature films after a 20-year absence in "Only the Lonely"


Retired after starring in the NBC TV-movie "The Red Pony" with Henry Fonda


Made last of five films opposite John Wayne, "Big Jake"; was also last feature for two decades


Starred in last of five films for director John Ford, "The Wings of Eagles"


Starred opposite Wayne in romantic drama "The Quiet Man," perhaps her best-known role.


Made first of five films opposite John Wayne, "Rio Grande"


Starred in first of five films for director John Ford, "How Green Was My Valley"


Made US film debut in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"


Was under contract at RKO Studios


Made film debut in "Kicking the Moon Around" (bit part)


Tested for the screen in London at age 16 (date approximate)


Joined the Abbey Theater in Dublin as an ingenue at age 14 before entering films (date approximate)

Owned and wrote a general interest column for the tourist magazine, The Virgin Insider, which she ultimately sold to Gannett in 1980

Met actor Charles Laughton, who changed her name to Maureen O'Hara; later appeared opposite him in "Jamaica Inn" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (both 1939)

Bonus Trivia


O'Hara began acting at the age of six and performed on radio dramas as a child.


Due to her fiery red hair, pale complexion and vivid green eyes, O'Hara was dubbed "The Queen of Technicolor."


"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." -- 'Tis Herself, her autobiography


Assumed presidency of Antilles Airboats, a commuter seaplane service in the Caribbean, after her husband's death; sold controlling stock to Resorts International; remained with the company as president until 1981. O'Hara was the first female preseident of a scheduled airline.


O'Hara was honored with the Heritage Award from the American Ireland Fund in 1991.


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