Maureen O'Hara

Born Aug 17, 1920

Maureen O'Hara is an Irish American film actress and singer. The famously red-headed O'Hara has been noted for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude. She often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. Her autobiography, 'Tis Herself, was published in 2004 and was a New York Times Bestseller.… Read More

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1920 Birth Born on 17 August 1920, O'Hara began life as Maureen FitzSimons on Beechwood Avenue in the Dublin suburb of Ranelagh. … Read More


1932 11 Years Old …  She next featured in John Farrow's A Bill of Divorcement (1940), a remake of George Cukor's 1932 film. … Read More
1934 13 Years Old …  In 1934, at the age of 14, she won the first Dramatic Prize of the national competition of the performing arts, the Dublin Feis Award, for her performance as Portia in The Merchant of Venice. … Read More
1936 15 Years Old In 1936, O'Hara became the youngest pupil to graduate from the Guildhall School of Music at the time, and the following year she won the Dawn Beauty Competition, winning £50. … Read More
1939 18 Years Old In 1939, at the age of 19, O'Hara secretly married Englishman George H. Brown, a film producer, production assistant and occasional scriptwriter, whom she had met on the set of Jamaica Inn. They married at St Paul's Church in Station Road, Harrow on 13 June, shortly before she left for Hollywood; Brown stayed behind in England as he was shooting a film with Paul Robeson. Brown announced that the couple had kept the marriage an "absolute secret" and that they would have a full marriage ceremony in October 1939, but O'Hara never returned. The marriage was annulled in 1941.


1941 20 Years Old 1 More Event
O'Hara began 1941 by appearing in They Met in Argentina, RKO's answer to Down Argentine Way (1940). … Read More
1942 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Malone notes that when the United States entered World War II in 1942, many of the quality actors became involved in the war effort and O'Hara struggled to find good co-stars. … Read More
1943 22 Years Old O'Hara played the love interest of Henry Fonda in the 1943 war picture Immortal Sergeant. … Read More
…  She was married three times, and had one daughter, Bronwyn, born in 1944 to her second husband. … Read More
1946 25 Years Old Malone notes that in the film O'Hara "shows her determination not to leave her sexuality at the birthing stool", commenting that she looks "deliciously fragrant in the splashy histrionics on view here, in RKO's first film in the three-color Technicolor process" O'Hara became a naturalized citizen of the United States on 24 January 1946, and held dual citizenship with the US and her native Ireland. … Read More
1947 26 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1947, O'Hara starred opposite Douglas Fairbanks Jr. as Shireen in the adventure film Sinbad the Sailor. … Read More


In April 1951, she received a call from Universal Pictures that she was cast as a Tunisian princess named Tanya in the swashbuckler film, Flame of Araby (1951). … Read More
In 1952, O'Hara played Claire, the daughter of the musketeer, Athos in At Sword's Point, which according to her showed the "new Maureen O'Hara". … Read More
1953 - 1954 2 More Events
Price also continued to harass O'Hara for dating Parra and filed a case against her on June 20, 1955, seeking custody of Bronwyn and accusing her of immorality. … Read More
In 1957, O'Hara marked the end of a collaboration with John Ford with The Wings of Eagles, which was based on the true story of an old friend of Ford's, Frank "Spig" Wead, a naval aviator who became a screenwriter in Hollywood. … Read More


1961 - 1963 2 More Events
1964 43 Years Old In late 1964, O'Hara went to Italy to shoot The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1965) with Rossano Brazzi. … Read More
1968 47 Years Old O'Hara married her third husband, Charles F. Blair, Jr., 11 years her senior, on 12 March 1968. … Read More
1969 48 Years Old During filming in the summer of 1969, O'Hara was involved in an accident on set with Gleason when he tripped on a Cyclone wire fence, falling heavily on her hand which was resting on it. … Read More


1972 51 Years Old In 1972 she professed to strongly disapprove of the way Hollywood was going, "making dirty pictures", and she wanted no part of it. … Read More
1978 57 Years Old O'Hara was elected CEO and president of the airline, with the added distinction of becoming the first woman president of a scheduled airline in the U.S. In 1978, O'Hara was diagnosed with uterine cancer, which had to be removed with an operation. … Read More
1979 58 Years Old After Wayne's death in June 1979 she fell into deep depression and took several years to recover. … Read More
1980 59 Years Old She sold it in 1980 to USA Today to spend more time with her daughter and grandson Conor (born 1970). … Read More


1982 - 1988 2 More Events
After a 20-year retirement from the film industry, O'Hara returned to the screen in 1991 to star opposite John Candy in the romantic comedy-drama Only the Lonely. … Read More
1993 - 2006 5 More Events
2010 89 Years Old In December 2010, O'Hara founded the Maureen O'Hara Foundation, which established a centre in Glengariff with Hollywood memorabilia and facilities to train people to become actors.
2011 90 Years Old In 2011, O'Hara was formally inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame at an event in New Ross, County Wexford. … Read More
2013 92 Years Old On 24–25 May 2013, O'Hara made a public appearance at the 2013 John Wayne Birthday "Tribute to Maureen O'Hara" celebration in Winterset, Iowa. The occasion was the groundbreaking for the new John Wayne Birthplace Museum; the festivities included an official proclamation from Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declaring 25 May 2013, as "Maureen O'Hara Day" in Iowa. … Read More
2014 93 Years Old 1 More Event
In November 2014, she was presented with an Honorary Academy Award with the inscription "To Maureen O'Hara, one of Hollywood's brightest stars, whose inspiring performances glowed with passion, warmth and strength".
2015 95 Years Old On 24 October 2015, Maureen O'Hara died in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho from natural causes.
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