Maureen O’Hara is another favorite actress.
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 of Irish heritage surrounded by gifted parents and family, these were very natural traits. Maureen made her entrance into this caring haven on August 17, 1920, in Ranelagh (a suburb of Dublin), Ireland. Her mother, Marguerita Lilburn FitzSimons, was an accomplished contralto. Her father, Charles FitzSimons, managed a business in Dublin and also owned part of the renowned Irish soccer team “The Shamrock Rovers”. Maureen was the second of six FitzSimons children – Peggy, Florrie Charles F. FitzSimons, Margot Fitzsimons and James O’Hara completed this beautiful family.
Mary Parkin (Mrs. Parkin)
Lady Marguerite Blakeney
Prudence ‘Spitfire’ Stevens
Claire – daughter of Athos
Adelaide ‘Addie’ Culver
Odalie ‘Lilli’ D’Arceneaux
Lt. Mary Carter
Mary – Joss Merlyn’s Niece
Eileen O’Shea (as Maureen FitzSimons)
Secretary (as Maureen FitzSimons)
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
[her advice to young people wanting a career in drama – 2010] If you really want it, go after it–and learn how to speak properly, for God’s sake!
Crack typist who typed some of her own scripts/rewrites.
Starred with John Wayne in 5 movies: Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Wings of Eagles (1957), McLintock! (1963) and Big Jake (1971). In all five, Wayne and O’Hara played husband and wife and, in all five, they were estranged at least briefly. The first three were directed by John Ford.
She is the only credited cast member of Miracle on 34th Street (1947) who is still alive.
In the early 1940s was one of the actresses invited to the White House for a benefit dinner. She sat right next to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
She is the second actress, after Myrna Loy (in 1991), to receive an honorary Academy Award without ever having been nominated previously.