People we love: Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O’Hara, Born August 17, 1920

Born on this day in 1920.

Irish film actress and singer still comes into our home each Thanksgiving Day with a viewing of the classic Miracle on 34th Street for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Born in Ireland, she now holds dual citizenship with the U.S.

Her first major film was Jamaica Inn (1939) directed by Alfred Hitchcock shortly thereafter she was cast Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939). In the late 1950s and early 1960s she was a guest on musical variety shows with Perry Como, Andy Williams and Tennessee Ernie Ford.

O’Hara had a great on screen chemistry with John Wayne and appeared with him in Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings of Eagles, McLintock! and Big Jake. My first memory of her is in the 1961 version of The Parent Trap with Haley Mills and Brian Keith.

O’Hara is retired and lives in Glengarriff, County Cork. She also has homes in Arizona and the Virgin Islands. She made a public appearance in Kells Co. Meath in May of this year to honor her father, who was born in the town.

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