By Mandela Wells
Maureen O’Hara, one of the most famous actresses of the Golden Age era in Hollywood has unfortunately passed away this weekend at the age of 95. O’Hara died in her sleep of natural causes at home in Boise, Idaho. O’Hara’s family confirmed in a released statement saying that “She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favorite movie, The Quiet Man.”
O’Hara who was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1920 had a renowned career. Some of her earliest works include 1939’s Jamaica Inn, and the original The Hunchback of Notre Dame from 1939. In 1941 she starred in John Ford’s Best Picture winner How Green Was My Valley. Some of her other works include George Seaton’s 1947 Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street, David Swift’s 1961 comedy classic The Parent Trap, her films with John Wayne, The Quiet Man, 1950’s Rio Grande, 1957’s The Wings of Eagles, 1963’s McLintock! and 1971’s Big Jake. O’Hara took a hiatus from acting in 1978 but returned for what would be her final role in 1991’s Only the Lonely.
Last year she was awarded by fellow Irish Native Liam Neeson an honorary Oscar from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2011. She also wrote an autobiography, ’Tis Herself, in 2004. Due to her many visit’s to John Wayne’s hometown in Iowa, the governor declared May 25, 2013 as “Maureen O’Hara Day.”
O’Hara is survived by her only daughter Bronwyn. She will be missed