Friday, August 14, 2009

An Early Happy Birthday to Maureen O'Hara


It's Maureen O'Hara's birthday on Monday. The Mighty Maureen will be 89. I'll be busy with TOERIFC on Monday discussing The Merchant of the Four Seasons at Tractor Facts so I'd like to put up my picture tribute to her today and leave it up all weekend. Pulled from the public domain files these should be new to everyone. I hope you enjoy them and Happy Birthday in advance to Maureen O'Hara!




At airport departing for Ireland, 1951.




With brother James Fitzsimmons as he gets his citizenship, 1958.


Promoting Treasury Bonds, 1954.


Previously posted on my Facebook account, Maureen looking annoyed at a hearing in 1958.

15 comments:

Peter Nellhaus said...

She was pretty darn attractive. On the other hand, after seeing Deadly Companions, I hope to never hear her sing again. Also, John Wayne and Andy McLaglen did her no favors in the way they filmed her expanding hips and generally abused her in McLintock, the film that thinks it's The Quiet Man of the west.

Greg said...

Peter, I never saw Deadly Companions and had no idea she sang in it.

Did you ever see Only the Lonely? I thought she was very good in that and looked great at 71.

Ed Howard said...

She's hottest in the one where she looks pissed off. How does that happen? Maybe I just like angry girls.

Greg said...

I guess the old cliche about being beautiful when angry came about for a reason. Maybe anger focuses the features in a way that contentment doesn't.

Christopher said...

haven't seen her lately..But she really did age well from some of the stuff I've seen from the 1990s..
John Ford always seemed to bring out her "burly" side..Women are not always attractive in Ford films..lol

Greg said...

I've actually never seen McLintlock but I can't imagine any way of filming her that would make her unattractive.

Christopher said...

she looked great in a sexy corset gettin' a spankin'!

Greg said...

You speak the truth dear sir.

Peter Nellhaus said...

I kind of liked Only the Lonely. It was a nice touch to reteam O'Hara with Anthony Quinn. For the kids in the audience, they starred in Budd Boetticher's The Magnificent Matador back in 1955.

Greg said...

Yeah, I like it too although I haven't seen it since it came out. At the time though, O'Hara alone was the only reason I did see it. I like everyone else in the cast too, it's just I wanted to see her performance the most.

Junebug101 said...

If you are interested in some accurate facts and wonderful photos of Maureen O'Hara - please Google "Maureen O'Hara Magazine." I am her archivist and website editor/composer. I keep in touch with her on a weekly basis.

On the "Deadly Companions" film - that was a Sam Peckinpah film and a difficult production. Enough said. I personally like it. One of Maureen's best films was a TV movie "The Red Pony" with Henry Fonda in 1973; won the Peabody Award for TV excellence.

As usual, Maureen will be spending her birthday at a quiet dinner with her family.

Loopline Films from Dublin is now producing a documentary on "The Quiet Man" - I'll keep fans posted on the progress. They came to the US in June and July to interview movie personnel and even fans. Should be a very objective view.

Christopher said...

The Red Pony is a great little film with a good cast..I'd like to see that again myself..I like both film versions..
I watched her the other night in Our Man In Havana which is a pretty fun film..

Greg said...

Junebug, thanks for the heads up, I'll check out that site immediately.

Chris and Junebug, I've never actually seen Red Pony. Seems like even though I've seen oodles of Maureen's films everyone keeps mentioning the ones I've missed. I've got a few to check out now. Thanks.

Margaret Benbow said...

I've always liked her, ever since seeing the movie Jamaica Inn which featured a teenage O'Hara as a penniless but fiery (and gorgeous) orphan who was fully a match for a very evil Charles Laughton...also she's said to be the one woman Erroll Flynn respected. Some jokester told him she liked it when strangers copped a feel. So he walked up to her, grabbed a handful and she just about punched his head off. Yay Maureen!!!

Greg said...

Margaret, I'd never heard that story but it's an instant favorite. I just adore Maureen even more now.