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 Maureen O’Hara

She is best known for her roles in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, How Green Was My Valley and Miracle on 34th Street.

Maureen O'Hara

Filmography

1938      

Kicking the Moon Around

My Irish Molly

 

1939      

Jamaica Inn

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

 

1940      

A Bill of Divorcement

Dance, Girl, Dance

 

1941      

They Met in Argentina

How Green Was My Valley

 

1942      

To the Shores of Tripoli

Ten Gentlemen from West Point

The Black Swan

 

1943      

Immortal Sergeant

This Land Is Mine

The Fallen Sparrow

 

1944      

Buffalo Bill

 

1945      

The Spanish Main

 

1946      

Sentimental Journey

Do You Love Me

 

1947      

Sinbad the Sailor

The Homestretch

Miracle on 34th Street

The Foxes of Harrow

 

1948      

Sitting Pretty

 

1949      

A Woman’s Secret

The Forbidden Street

Father Was a Fullback

Bagdad

 

1950      

Comanche Territory

Rio Grande

Tripoli

 

1951      

Flame of Araby

 

1952      

At Sword’s Point

Kangaroo

The Quiet Man

Against All Flags

 

1953      

The Redhead from Wyoming

War Arrow

 

1954      

Malaga

 

1955      

The Long Gray Line

The Magnificent Matador

Lady Godiva of Coventry

 

1956      

Lisbon

Everything But the Truth

 

1957      

The Wings of Eagles

 

1959      

Our Man in Havana

 

1961      

The Deadly Companions

The Parent Trap

 

1962      

Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

 

1963      

Spencer’s Mountain

McLintock!

 

1965      

The Battle of the Villa Fiorita

 

1966      

The Rare Breed

 

1970      

How Do I Love Thee?

 

1971      

Big Jake

 

1991      

Only the Lonely

 

1994      

A Century of Cinema

Awards

She received an honorary Academy Award in 2015.

I made John Wayne sexy. I take credit for that. ~ Maureen O’Hara

Born Maureen FitzSimons, on August 17, 1920, in Ranelagh, Ireland. The second oldest of six children, Maureen was raised in a close-knit Irish Catholic family. Her father, Charles, was a businessman, and her mother, Marguerite, was an accomplished stage actress and opera singer. Maureen displayed a penchant for dramatics at an early age when she staged presentations for her family; in school she was active in singing and dancing.

Maureen O'Hara and Robert Newton in Jamaica Inn (1939)

Maureen O’Hara and Robert Newton in Jamaica Inn (1939)

While still in her early teens, Maureen enrolled at Dublin’s prestigious Abbey Theatre School, where she studied drama and music. Upon her graduation in 1937, she was offered a lead role with the Abbey Players, but instead she decided to try her hand at film acting. She then moved to London, where she screen tested for an English feature. Although the film was never produced, her impressive audition caught the attention of Oscar-winning movie star and producer Charles Laughton. After convincing Maureen to change her surname to O’Hara, Laughton helped launch Maureen’s career by recommending her for the role of the orphaned Mary Yelland in Alfred Hitchcock’s British-made film Jamaica Inn (1939). Although the film met with lackluster reviews, O’Hara was noted for her convincing performance.

Under the tutelage of Laughton, O’Hara signed a contract with RKO Studios in 1939. She moved to Hollywood in the summer of that year, making her American film debut as the alluring gypsy Esmeralda (opposite Laughton’s Quasimodo) in RKO’s lavish production The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Maureen O'Hara in How Green Was My Valley