1920 – Birth of Maureen O’Hara (b. Maureen Fitzsimons), an Irish film actress and singer. The famously red-headed O’Hara has been noted for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude.

Perhaps the most famous redhead in the world, actress Maureen O’Hara is born in Dublin. O’Hara is probably most famous for her role in John Ford’s The Quiet Man where she played opposite John Wayne.

In her memoir ‘Tis Herself: An Autobiography, she writes, “I have often said that The Quiet Man is my personal favourite of all the pictures I have made. It is the one I am most proud of, and I tend to be very protective of it.” The wonderfully entertaining movie is an over the top stereotypical portrayal of Ireland that existed in John Ford’s imagination. It can also be claimed that it is probably the best advertising and promotional vehicle ever of Ireland.

Other movies include Miracle on 34th Street, Rio Grande, The Long Gray Line and Our Man in Havana.

O’Hara was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame in 2011.



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