Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara

Highest Rated: 100% The Long Gray Line (1955)

Lowest Rated: 29% The Rare Breed (1966)

Birthday: Aug 17, 1920

Birthplace: Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland (now Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland)

Born in Ranelagh, Ireland, near Dublin, Maureen O'Hara was trained at the Abbey Theatre School and appeared on radio as a young girl before making her stage debut with the Abbey Players in the mid-'30s. She went to London in 1938, and made her first important screen appearance that same year in the Charles Laughton/Erich Pommer-produced drama Jamaica Inn, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She was brought to Hollywood with Laughton's help and co-starred with him in the celebrated costume drama The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which established O'Hara as a major new leading lady. Although she appeared in dramas such as How Green Was My Valley with Walter Pidgeon, The Fallen Sparrow opposite John Garfield, and This Land Is Mine with Laughton, it was in Hollywood's swashbucklers that O'Hara became most popular and familiar. Beginning with The Black Swan opposite Tyrone Power in 1942, she always seemed to be fighting (or romancing) pirates, especially once Technicolor became standard for such films. Her red hair photographed exceptionally well, and, with her extraordinary good looks, she exuded a robust sexuality that made her one of the most popular actresses of the late '40s and early '50s.O'Hara was also a good sport, willing to play scenes that demanded a lot of her physically, which directors and producers appreciated. The Spanish Main, Sinbad the Sailor, and Against All Flags (the latter starring Errol Flynn) were among her most popular action films of the '40s. During this period, the actress also starred as young Natalie Wood's beautiful, strong-willed mother in the classic holiday fantasy Miracle on 34th Street and as John Wayne's estranged wife in the John Ford cavalry drama Rio Grande. O'Hara became Wayne's most popular leading lady, most notably in Ford's The Quiet Man, but her career was interrupted during the late '50s when she sued the scandal magazine Confidential. It picked up again in 1960, when she did one of her occasional offbeat projects, the satire Our Man in Havana, based on a Graham Greene novel and starring Alec Guinness. O'Hara moved into more distinctly maternal roles during the '60s, playing the mother of Hayley Mills in Disney's popular The Parent Trap. She also starred with Wayne in the comedy Western McLintock!, and with James Stewart in the The Rare Breed, both directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Following her last film with Wayne, Big Jake, and a 1973 television adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Red Pony, O'Hara went into retirement, although returned to the screen in 1991 to play John Candy's overbearing mother in the comedy Only the Lonely, and later appeared in a handful of TV movies. In 2014, she received an Honorary Academy Award, despite having never been nominated for one previously. O'Hara died the following year, at age 95.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Dreaming The Quiet Man Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Last Dance Helen Parker 2000
No Score Yet Cab to Canada Katherine Eure 1998
No Score Yet The Christmas Box Actor 1995
64% Only the Lonely Rose Muldoon 1991
No Score Yet Big Jake Martha McCandles 1971
No Score Yet How Do I Love Thee? Elsie Waltz 1970
29% The Rare Breed Martha Evans 1966
67% McLintock! Katherine Gilhooley McLintock 1963
No Score Yet Spencer's Mountain Olivia Spencer 1963
80% Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation Peggy Hobbs 1962
90% The Parent Trap Maggie McKendrick 1961
83% The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy) Kit Tilden 1961
94% Our Man in Havana Beatrice Evans 1959
40% The Wings of Eagles Min Wead 1957
No Score Yet Lisbon Sylvia Merrill 1956
No Score Yet Everything but the Truth Joan Madison 1956
No Score Yet Lady Godiva Lady Godiva 1955
No Score Yet Magnificent Matador Karen Harrison 1955
100% The Long Gray Line Mary O'Donnell 1955
No Score Yet War Arrow Elaine Corwin 1953
No Score Yet The Redhead From Wyoming Kate Maxwell 1953
No Score Yet Against All Flags Prudence 'Spitfire' Stevens 1952
90% The Quiet Man Mary Kate Danaher Mary Kate 1952
No Score Yet Kangaroo Dell McGuire 1952
No Score Yet At Sword's Point Claire - daughter of Athos 1952
No Score Yet Flame of Araby Princess Tanya 1951
75% Rio Grande Mrs. Kathleen Yorke 1950
No Score Yet Comanche Territory Katie Howard 1950
No Score Yet The Forbidden Street Adelaide 'Addie' Culver 1949
43% A Woman's Secret Marian Washburn 1949
No Score Yet Bagdad Princess Marjan 1949
No Score Yet Father Was a Fullback Elizabeth Cooper 1949
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty Tacey 1948
80% Sinbad the Sailor Shireen 1947
96% Miracle on 34th Street Doris Walker 1947
No Score Yet The Foxes of Harrow Odalie 'Lilli' D'Arceneaux 1947
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey Julie 1946
No Score Yet The Spanish Main Contessa Francesca 1945
No Score Yet Buffalo Bill Louisa Frederici Cody 1944
71% This Land Is Mine Louise Martin 1943
No Score Yet Immortal Sergeant Valentine Lee 1943
No Score Yet The Fallen Sparrow Toni Donne 1943
80% The Black Swan Margaret Denby 1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point Carolyn Bainbridge 1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli Mary Carter 1942
91% How Green Was My Valley Angharad 1941
80% Dance, Girl, Dance Judy 1940
55% Jamaica Inn Mary - His Niece 1939
93% The Hunchback of Notre Dame Esmeralda 1939


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