Hollywood’s ‘fiery’O Hara no more

LOS ANGELES: One of the last surviving stars of golden age of Hollywood, Maureen O Hara, 95, died on October 24.

Dubbed as The Queen of Technicolour, the Irish actress died with family by her side at her Boise, Idaho home, reported Variety.

Often described as “fiery”, she displayed her versatility in films like How Green Was My Valley and Carol Reeds Our Man in Havana.

She worked with directors ranging from Alfred Hitchcock to Chris Columbus, but is best remembered for her works with John Ford, particularly in her pairings with John Wayne.

O Hara starred opposite Wayne in five films including, Rio Grande, McLintock!, Big Jake,The Quiet Man and The Wings of Eagles.

Although she gave memorable performance in various Hollywood films like, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Miracle on 34th Street, Our Man in Havana and The Parent Trap, the Dublin native never won an Academy Award.

However, in 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented her with an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards.

Born Maureen FitzSimons, on August 17, 1920, in a suburb of Dublin, she received training in drama and dance and went on to perform in amateur theatre at the age of 10.

Her movie career began when Charles Laughton signed her to a seven-year contract with his company, Mayflower Films.

O Hara’s first major big screen appearance was in 1938 with Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn, starring Laughton. She received The Queen of Technicolour nickname from Dr Herbert Kalmus, who invented the process.

Her casting by the Irish-American director Ford in Fox Studios How Green Was My Valley won her wide notice and critical recognition.

Apart from her powerful acting, O Hara was also a decent singer and showcased her soprano voice on the albums Love Letters From Maureen OHara and Maureen OHara Sings Her Favorite Irish Songs.

She was also the star of the 1960 Broadway musical Christine.

She is survived by a daughter and a grandson.