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Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara

Birthday: 17 August 1920, Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland, UK [now Ranelagh, Dublin, Republic of Ireland]
Birth Name: Maureen FitzSimons
Height: 171 cm

In America, the early performing arts accomplishments of young Maureen FitzSimons (who we know as Maureen O'Hara) would definitely have put her in the child prodigy category. However, for a child ...Show more

Maureen O'Hara
[When being handed her honorary Oscar] I only hope it's silver or gold and not like a spoon out of t Show more [When being handed her honorary Oscar] I only hope it's silver or gold and not like a spoon out of the kitchen. Hide
[on some of the leading men she worked with] I enjoyed James Stewart, I enjoyed Brian Keith and I en Show more [on some of the leading men she worked with] I enjoyed James Stewart, I enjoyed Brian Keith and I enjoyed Henry Fonda. Jeff Chandler was a nice man but a bad actor. Hide
[on John Garfield]: He was my shortest leading man, an outspoken Communist and a real sweetheart. [on John Garfield]: He was my shortest leading man, an outspoken Communist and a real sweetheart.
[on John Ford] I think he was a bitterly disappointed man. More than anything he wanted to be in Ire Show more [on John Ford] I think he was a bitterly disappointed man. More than anything he wanted to be in Ireland or be a military hero. So every so often his anger would spill out and whoever was closest got the brunt of his anger. Hide
Charles Laughton and his wife, Elsa Lanchester, were never blessed with children. Years after he die Show more Charles Laughton and his wife, Elsa Lanchester, were never blessed with children. Years after he died, Elsa wrote her autobiography and claimed they never had children because Laughton was homosexual. That's rubbish. Whether or nor Laughton was gay would never have stopped him from having children. He wanted them too badly. Laughton told me the reason they never had children was because Elsa couldn't conceive, the result of a botched abortion she'd had during her earlier days in burlesque. Laughton told me many times that not being a father was his greatest disappointment in life. Hide
[2010, her advice to young people wanting a career in drama] If you really want it, go after it--and Show more [2010, her advice to young people wanting a career in drama] If you really want it, go after it--and learn how to speak properly, for God's sake! Hide
[on being asked what her most marked characteristic was] The hell and fire in me. They came as a set Show more [on being asked what her most marked characteristic was] The hell and fire in me. They came as a set. Hide
Comedy is quite difficult, you have to be able to have fun and portray that sense of fun to the audi Show more Comedy is quite difficult, you have to be able to have fun and portray that sense of fun to the audience watching you. Hide
I was talking to a director I knew and [John Ford] just turned around and punched me on the jaw. The Show more I was talking to a director I knew and [John Ford] just turned around and punched me on the jaw. There was no reason or explanation, and I walked straight out of the house and vowed I'd never speak to him again. Of course, I did, but it took a while. He never apologized and I never found out why he hit me. Hide
Speaking as an actress, I wish all actors would be more like Duke [John Wayne]--and speaking as a pe Show more Speaking as an actress, I wish all actors would be more like Duke [John Wayne]--and speaking as a person, it would be nice if all people could be honest and as genuine as he is. This is a real man. Hide
How could you have had such a wonderful life as me if there wasn't a God directing? How could you have had such a wonderful life as me if there wasn't a God directing?
I made John Wayne sexy. I take credit for that. I made John Wayne sexy. I take credit for that.
[on Sam Peckinpah, who directed her in The Deadly Companions (1961)] I didn't enjoy Sam at all. I ha Show more [on Sam Peckinpah, who directed her in The Deadly Companions (1961)] I didn't enjoy Sam at all. I have to be honest. I didn't think he was a very good director. I think he was lucky that whatever happened in his career happened. I think it was luck, not talent. I'm sorry. You have to forgive me. He was not a good director and if his films turned out successful, that was luck... and people protecting him, like the cameramen and the producers. Different people protecting him made him look good. Hide
Every star has that certain something that stands out and compels us to notice them. As for me I hav Show more Every star has that certain something that stands out and compels us to notice them. As for me I have always believed my most compelling quality to be my inner strength, something I am easily able to share with an audience. I'm very comfortable in my own skin. I never thought my looks would have anything to do with becoming a star. Yet it seems that in some ways they did. Hide
I spent a great deal of time with Ernesto 'Che' Guevara while I was in Havana. I feel he was less a Show more I spent a great deal of time with Ernesto 'Che' Guevara while I was in Havana. I feel he was less a mercenary than he was a freedom fighter. Hide
[reacting to the heavy make-up she had to wear for her first screen test] I looked like Mata Hari! [reacting to the heavy make-up she had to wear for her first screen test] I looked like Mata Hari!
To the people throughout the world, John Wayne is not just an actor, and a very fine actor--John Way Show more To the people throughout the world, John Wayne is not just an actor, and a very fine actor--John Wayne is the United States of America. Hide
I'm very lucky I really had some wonderful movies. I'm very lucky I really had some wonderful movies.
[on John Ford's style of directing] Today most directors--not all, but most directors--are in anothe Show more [on John Ford's style of directing] Today most directors--not all, but most directors--are in another room watching the actors on a television screen. There are no connections with the actors, which is a shame, because John Ford connected with his cast. Hide
Maureen O'Hara's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (6)
Maureen O'Hara Maureen O'Hara'S roles
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Mary Kate Danaher

Angharad Morgan
Angharad Morgan

Mary Yellan
Mary Yellan

Doris Walker
Doris Walker

Rose Muldoon
Rose Muldoon

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