Maureen O’Hara, one of the last living Golden Age actors, died in her sleep this morning in her home in Boise, Idaho. She was 95.
O’Hara was known for her red hair and for playing characters that were just as fiery. Highlights of her 56-film resume include her most enduring film, Miracle on 34th Street, and her biggest critical success, The Quiet Man. Though she was never nominated for any competitive award, O’Hara was presented with an honorary Oscar late last year and has been honored since 2004 by the Irish-American community.
She is survived by her daughter and grandchild.
She is not going to tell that words she whispered in John Wayne’s ear in the Quiet man. Now, they never will know them. She did a tremendous job of choosing not to tell anybody about that. Well done, Maureen O’Hara, rest in peace.
She is the Agatha Christie of the Quiet Man. This is due to the fact that Agatha Christie did not tell anyone about the 11 days she was in. In her biography, she did not write one word about it. It was on December 3 to December 14, 1926 (December 14, 1926 was only 86 years to the day of the Sandy Hook shooting). Well done, Agatha and Maureen. Rest in peace.
Benjamin Franklin was right. Three can keep a secret if two are dead.