Off Topic Post: Happy Birthday, Maureen O’Hara!

Today is the talented, gracious, lovely Maureen O’Hara’s 94th birthday. Her fabulous memoir, ‘Tis Herself, was published in 2004. (See–this is sort of book-related.) It is a must-read for any fans of Classic Hollywood.

Maureen O'Hara, 1940s

Maureen O’Hara, 1940s. She never gave a bad or false performance.

Maureen O'Hara in The Black Swan

Enchanting Irish actress Maureen O’Hara in The Black Swan, 1942.

“Being an Irishwoman means many things to me. An Irishwoman is strong and feisty. She has guts and stands up for what she believes in. She believes she is the best at whatever she does and proceeds through life with that knowledge. She can face any hazard that life throws her way and stay with it until she wins. She is loyal to her kinsmen and accepting of others. She’s not above a sock in the jaw if you have it coming. She is only on her knees before God. Yes, I am most definitely an Irishwoman.”-Maureen O’Hara, ‘Tis Herself

8 thoughts on “Off Topic Post: Happy Birthday, Maureen O’Hara!

  1. I just saw “How Green Was My Valley” the other day for the first time, with clips of her intro to it from TCM Film Fest this year. She’s still beautiful and smart as a whip! 🙂


    • Wonderful film (great book, too)!

      She still has it together, I agree. She’s done so many amazing films, and all of her performances have been stellar and believable.


  2. Oh boy. As I was looking at her photos, I was trying to think of a fave Maureen O’Hara performance, and I can’t narrow it down to one. I think I saw her most recently in John Candy’s “Only the Lonely” where she practically steals the whole movie.

    Happy Birthday to a real treasure!


    • There are way too many! All of her John Ford movies, her swashbucklers, Miracle on 34th Street, The Parent Trap, various Westerns, Sitting Pretty…the list goes on and on! Her television appearances (from the ’60s) were delightful, too, especially when she sang.


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