On October 24, 2015, Maureen O’Hara died in her home in Idaho.
A famous actress from the Golden Ages of Hollywood, Maureen was in nearly all of the most quintessential films of that era—Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley, Miracle on 34th Street, and the Parent Trap, to name a few. These films won film awards and Oscars. They have trickled through time and emerged as moving and beautiful as they were when they were first released.
Maureen was not only a strong character in her films, but she was also a hard-working and dedicated woman in real life. She made over 30 films, and threw herself passionately into each and every one of them.
Maureen O’Hara even graces your own television screen every fall and winter, in her movie A Miracle on 34th Street, which has become known as the movie to watch during the holiday season. And it is nearing that time again to turn on the television to see her face on all the channels, because ‘tis almost the season.
Maureen always played roles in which she was a strong-willed woman—either an unruly housewife, or a rebel around the town. She stood out among her fellow female stars in Hollywood, and she will remain one of the women who made Hollywood the place it is today for women. Without actresses like Maureen to pave the way, Hollywood would be a very different place than it is now. She was even awarded an honorary Academy Award, one of two women to be awarded without nomination.
Maureen O’Hara’s journey through this life is an inspiration to all women, not only actresses or those aspiring to her career. Maureen O’Hara played the roles of all women—working women, housewives, gypsies, pirates, any and everything a woman could be!
And she played them well.