It was with great sadness and a deep sense of loss that we learned today of the death of Maureen O’Hara, who at 95 years of age was among the last survivors of the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Miss O’Hara, who was born in Ireland, worked with such talented directors as Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, Nicholas Ray, and Carol Reed, while John Wayne was her most famous co-star as well as a close friend off-screen.
Although she made her share of mediocre pictures, Maureen O’Hara’s beauty and talent uniformly elevated each film in which she appeared, while her native force and spirit shone through all her screen performances. When given the chance by script and director, she could take a character and breathe it into unrivalled life and vividness.
Among her greatest films are How Green Was My Valley (1941), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), Our Man in Havana (1959), and The Parent Trap (1961).
While her legacy will endure through her work in film, it is impossible not to mourn her passing. May she rest in peace.