Actress Maureen O’Hara of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ dies at 95

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Star of classic films like "Miracle On 34th St." and "The Quiet Man," Irish actress Maureen O’Hara passed away Saturday of natural causes. She was 95. She was arguably the first female action star, dubbed the "Queen Of Technicolor" by its founder.

One of six children, she was born near Dublin on August 17th, 1920 to a businessman father and actress singer mother.  O’Hara began acting at the age of six and in 1939, she received rave reviews for Alfred Hitchcock’s "Jamaica Inn".

That same year, she made her U.S. film debut as Esmeralda in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and signed a contract with RKO. During a seven year contract with 20th Century Fox,  O’Hara starred in the 1947 classic "Miracle on 34th Street".

She starred in 5 films with her friend John Wayne, the first “Rio Grande" in 1950.  1952 brought "The Quiet Man" and "Against All Flags".

In the 60's, O’Hara took on other projects including recording albums and starring on Broadway. In 1961, she starred in the Disney classic "The Parent Trap".

O’Hara was also a wife and mother. Married three times, her third husband Charles Blair perhaps the love of her life.  She took "leave of absence" from Hollywood for almost 20 years until director Christopher Columbus was able to coax her back in 1991 for "Only The Lonely".

She continued to act in smaller roles throughout the latter part of her career.

Maureen O’Hara will forever be known as the Irish beauty that lit up the silver screen playing good-hearted, yet headstrong heroines.

 

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