Today, we are taking a break from our Kentucky Hauntings theme to pay tribute to the late Irish beauty, Maureen O’Hara who passed away this weekend in her home in Boise, Idaho. The actress who is known for her fiery red hair and piercing green eyes was the ripe old age of 95 at her death, which her family reports was peaceful and of natural causes, asleep in her bed with no pain.
O’Hara’s career is studded with many successful films, from Miracle on 34th Street to The Parent Trap (the original obviously, not the LiLo version). Not only was she a well-revered actress, but she also went on to achieve other prestigious roles as CEO of and owner and columnist of the Virgin Islander.
Despite her death, her legacy will live on forever through memories and the written word. UPK’s Maureen O’Hara: The Biography, her first book-length biography, encapsulates her life in this way. Following the star known as the “Queen of Technicolor” from her childhood in Dublin to the height of fame in Hollywood, film critic Aubrey Malone draws on new information from the Irish Film Institute, production notes from films, and details from historical film journals, newspapers, and fan magazines. Malone also examines the actress’s friendship with frequent costar John Wayne and her relationship with director John Ford, and he addresses the hotly debated question of whether the screen siren was a feminist or antifeminist figure.
Though she was an icon of cinema’s golden age, O’Hara’s penchant for privacy and habit of making public statements that contradicted her personal choices have made her an enigma. This breakthrough biography offers the first look at the woman behind the larger-than-life persona, sorting through the myths to present a balanced assessment of one of the greatest stars of the silver screen.
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