Acclaimed Irish-American actress Maureen O’Hara passed away peacefully in her sleep on 25 October 2015 in Boise, US. She was 95. She is survived by her daughter, a grandson and two great-grandchildren.
She was one among the last lot of actors that belong to the Golden Age of Hollywood of the 1940s and 1950s. She was known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines roles.
Born in Ranelagh, Dublin in 1920, O’Hara started her career in 1939 after she was brought to Hollywood by legendary actor Charles Laughton. Her first film was The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939).
She had starred in more than 60 films. She also acted in How Green Was My Valley (1941) which won five Oscars including best picture and best director for John Ford. She was famously known as the queen of Technicolor in the film industry due to her red hair and green eyes.
After retiring from acting career in 1970s, she successfully ran an airline business with her husband Charles Blair. After her husband’s death, she became the first woman in US history to head a scheduled commercial airline.
In 2011, O’Hara was inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame at an event in Wexford. And in 2014, she was presented with an Honorary Academy award and was only the second actress to receive an Academy Award for acting without having been nominated after Myrna Loy.