#OTD in 2015 – Death of actress and singer, Maureen O’Hara, born Maureen FitzSimons in Ranelagh, Co Dublin.

Ar deis Dé go raibh a hanam.

The famously red-headed O’Hara was known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines, and often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. She was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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.

On this date in 2015, Maureen O’Hara died in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho from natural causes. She was 95 years old. O’Hara was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia next to her late husband Charles Blair.

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