Irish-American actress Maureen O’Hara, one of the last living stars from the golden age of Hollywood, has died aged 95, her manager has announced.
She died sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho. O’Hara starred in the 1941 multi-Oscar winning drama, How Green Was My Valley, set in a Welsh mining village. She also regularly featured alongside John Wayne, in films such as the Quiet Man.
Born in Dublin, she moved to Hollywood in 1939 and later became a US citizen.
“Her characters were feisty and fearless, just as she was in real life,” her family said in a statement.
“She was also proudly Irish and spent her entire lifetime sharing her heritage and the wonderful culture of the Emerald Isle with the world.”
Her first credited film was My Irish Molly, her only appearance under her real name FitzSimons.
How Green Was My Valley was her breakthrough. It was enormously popular in its day, beating Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane to Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.
Other well-known works include Miracle on 34th Street, the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Parent Trap.
The Quiet Man was one of five films where she appeared alongside John Wayne, and was the one she said she was most proud of.
Her family said she had died listening to music from the film.
I attended a public interview with O’Hara at the 2004 Galway Film Fleadh. She was as radiant a star and as mesmeric a presence in person as she was onscreen, and an extraordinarily talented and accomplished icon to be in the presence of. Her career is like few others, and she will certainly not soon be forgotten.
Lucien WD, editor of BuzzHub.