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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Remembering Maureen O'Hara 1920 - 2015

Actress Maureen O'Hara, who died Saturday at age 95, appeared in many films, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Quiet Man (1952), Lady Godiva of Coventry (1955), The Parent Trap (1961), Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), Spencer's Mountain (1963), McLintock! (1963) and Only the Lonely (1991). Although she was never nominated for an Academy Award, she did receive an Honorary Oscar in November 2014.

She also starred in the 1960 Broadway musical, Christine, which ran for 12 performances.

Below I've selected some videos to celebrate Maureen O'Hara's life and career.

She and Lucille Ball starred together in the 1940 film, Dance, Girl, Dance.

She played Natalie Wood's mother in the 1947 Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street.

She and Clifton Webb starred in the 1948 comedy, Sitting Pretty, which inspired the 1985-90 ABC sitcom, Mr. Belvedere.

She starred opposite John Wayne in 1952's The Quiet Man, which was her favorite film that she made.

She was the Mystery Guest on What's My Line? on December 27, 1959.

She starred in the 1961 Disney film, The Parent Trap, with Hayley Mills and Brian Keith.

She and John Wayne made five films together, including 1963's McClintock!

She was a guest on The Andy Williams Show four times between 1963 and 1966.

She performed on Tennessee Ernie Ford's 1972 NBC special, The Fabulous Fordies.

On May 17, 1991, she and John Candy promoted their film, Only the Lonely, on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

In December 1996, she was a guest on CBS's The Late Late Show with host Tom Snyder.

In December 1998, she promoted her CBS movie, Cab to Canada, on The Late Late Show with host Tom Snyder.

She was a guest on CNN's Larry King Live in October 2000.


Ian said...

Love her in "Miracle" - what a wondrous career! May she RIP

Christoph said...

One of my favorites. It seems unthinkable that she was never nominated for an Oscar. I thought the Academy would rectify that with Only the Lonely, but it was not to be. Ironically, I never knew she had such a lovely singing voice. I just recently heard that she was favored to take the lead role in the film version of The King and I, but was nixed by Richard Rodgers who apparently felt she made too many "pirate" films and was not classy enough. Loved Deborah Kerr in that film, but Maureen would have been wonderful and obviously could have sung the part.

Marc Harshbarger said...

Christoph, I did not know that she was almost cast in The King and I - but I agree with you that she would have been wonderful in the role.