Maureen O’Hara

by admin on 12/31/2013

Maurren O'Hara

Growing up in Ireland in the 1920s, Maureen FitzSimmons was raised in a religious Catholic environment. Most of her siblings attended religious training, and her family did not approve of her theatrical ambitions. Her father insisted she learn some sort of business skill, so she learned bookkeeping and typing.

Maureen O'Hara

Maureen’s film career wasn’t too slow taking off. After she finished training, she went to a screen test where she was noticed by actor Charles Laughton. Her first major role, now as Maureen O’Hara, was at age 19 in the 1939 Alfred Hitchcock film “Jamaica Inn”.

Maurren O'Hara

Once World War II broke out, there would be no more filming in England, so O’Hara ended up working for RKO in the states in low-budget films. This didn’t last, however, and by 1941 she was in the award-winning “How Green Was My Valley.”

Maurren O'Hara

Arguably, her most famous role came just after the war in 1947, with “Miracle on 34th Street” The movie has become a beloved family classic and receives lots of airtime each year.

Maurren O'Hara

She made five films with John Wayne from 1948 until 1972. She remained close to Wayne, saying years later in 2013, “I was tough. I was tall. I was strong. I didn’t take any nonsense from anybody. He was tough, he was tall, he was strong and he didn’t take any nonsense from anybody. As a man and a human being, I adored him.”

Maureen O'Hara

Maurren O'Hara

Maurren O'Hara

Maurren O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara

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