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Actress Maureen O’Hara, From Era When Hollywood Was Class and Romance, Dies At 95

October 24, 2015

I love that period in Hollywood where movies and the actors and actresses in them were all about class, romance, and star power.


Today I think in those terms as we hear the report that legendary actress Maureen O’Hara who is perhaps best known for her role in “Miracle on 34th Street”  died of natural causes.  She was 95 and passed away at her home in Boise, Idaho.

When one considers the talent that she worked with–and they with her–it is easy to see why the period of time I refer to was indeed the magical time of movie making.  O’Hara starred in films with leading men such as John Wayne, Tyrone Power, John Payne, Rex Harrison, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Brian Keith and Sir Alec Guinness.

She was the stuff that made for glamor when it came to the big screen.  The New York Times wrote this line in her obituary.

Ms. O’Hara was called the Queen of Technicolor, because when that film process first came into use, nothing seemed to show off its splendor better than her rich red hair, bright green eyes and flawless peaches-and-cream complexion.

There will always be films made–and there is no end to the joy they provide.  But when we look at movie stars from that famed era and the way they moved a nation it is impossible not to admit it was a remarkable time when Hollywood created figures larger than life.  And that was a good thing.

One of those stars who made an impression was Maureen O’Hara.  Her memory will never dim and she will always remain just one old movie away.

Godspeed, Maureen.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 28, 2015 8:25 PM


    Would not knowing all those old stories be grand!

  2. V.E.G. permalink
    October 28, 2015 12:11 PM

    Maureen O’Hara did not tell anyone about the whispering on John Wayne’s ear. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Three can keep a secret if two are dead.”

  3. V.E.G. permalink
    October 24, 2015 4:59 PM

    Well done, Maureen O’Hara. Rest in peace.

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