Farewell to an Irish Belle

maureen-ohara-honorary-oscarMaureen O’Hara died today.

She was 95 years old, and she was living in Boise with her grandson and his family.

She’s always been a favorite actress of mine for so many reasons. Her beauty was nearly overwhelming, her strength matched her feistiness, and her acting skills were phenomenal.

While I’ve seen lots of her movies, two are my perennial favorites:  The Quiet Man and The Parent Trap.

qmBorn in Ireland, she was the natural choice for The Quiet Man, a film about an American who returns to his native Ireland after accidentally killing an opponent in the boxing ring. The movie is delightfully fun, and it was filmed in County Cong, Ireland.

Carol, Richie, and I bicycled through Cong and even saw the thatched house used in the movie.

ptThe Parent Trap was also delightfully fun, and is special to me because it’s about identical twins reunited after their parents separated.

I still remember seeing The Parent Trap with a group of elementary school friends at the theater. It was years after it debuted, but it was the first movie Carol and I got to go to alone without our parents.

Here are two of my favorite quotes about Maureen O’Hara:

John Wayne: I’ve had many friends, and I prefer the company of men. Except for Maureen O’Hara.

Clint Eastwood: I guess everybody was in love with Maureen O’Hara.

And here are some of my favorite photos from our trip to Cong, Ireland…

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8 thoughts on “Farewell to an Irish Belle”

  1. I love the quotes and the photos. She was remarkable. I loved her spirit!

    Have you seen “How Green was My Valley” with Maureen O’Hara? Excellent, albeit depressing, movie!

    The scenery in Cong is spectacular. I would love to visit their one day.

    1. I haven’t seen it, Joanne. I’ll have to put it on my watch list. Turner Classic Movies is having a twelve film showing of her movies on November 20th.

    1. Just checked. Can’t watch How Green Was My Valley because it’s in black and white. Haven’t been able to watch a b/w film since Mom hollered at me for mistaking Clifton Webb for William Powell. I’ll read the book instead. 🙂

  2. I didn’t know Mom did that. Now that you mention it, they do look alike. It’s the mustache….

    1. She was disgusted, appalled and irate. I wish I’d had the gumption to ask her to identify some of MY contemporaries… Of course I watch so few movies I probably wouldn’t be able to identify them either. 🙂

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