Maureen O’Hara, the flame-haired Irish-American star of such classics as “Miracle on 34th Street,” “How Green Was My Valley” and “The Quiet Man,” has died. She was 95.
Maureen O’Hara, one of the most striking faces from the golden age of Hollywood cinema, died of natural causes on Saturday, her manager said.
O’Hara was best known for her frequent collaborations with director John Ford, having starred in several of his most famous films, including “How Green Was My Valley” and “The Quiet Man,” the latter opposite John Wayne.
Among the many other famous titles she appeared in were the 1939 version of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and the 1947 holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street.”
Born Maureen FitzSimons in 1920 near Dublin, Ireland, she started acting when she was young. After partnering with famed director Charles Laughton, who gave her the stage name O’Hara, she moved to Hollywood during World War II and went on to star in dozens of famous films.
She was known as the Queen of Technicolor due to her flame-colored hair, emerald eyes and brassy nature.
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