Despite having never even been nominated for an Academy Award, (outrageous! – but Cary Grant never won one either, so great company there), Maureen O’Hara – who passed away Saturday at the age of 95 – was one of the great actresses and striking screen idols of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
O’Hara shot to stardom during the black-and-white era, in films like the 1939 Charles Laughton classic The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, but there’s a reason she went on to be crowned “The Queen of Technicolor” – you only have to look at one image of her to see why. Like the one above. Or this one.
She was also a favorite of legendary director John Ford. Of the four films for which he won a Best Director Oscar, she starred in two.
Some of her most iconic turns came alongside her favorite leading man John Wayne, most notably in The Quiet Man. Wayne gushed over her, too, calling her “my kind of woman”, adding “She’s my kind of guy.” And of course, we see her every Christmas as Natalie Wood‘s mother in Miracle On 34th Street.
O’Hara lived up to her fiery Irish roots. You saw that – loud and clear – throughout her entire career, as well as in this 2004 interview: “I proved there was a bloody good actress in me. It wasn’t just my face. I gave bloody good performances.”
Maureen O’Hara. Now there was one strong, classy, gorgeous, and extremely talented dame.