Maureen O’Hara was born Maureen Fitzsimons on August 17, 1920 in Ranelagh, Ireland, near Dublin. Her mother, Marguerita, was a singer, and her father, Charles, a businessman. She has five siblings, of which she is the second-born. She was interested in drama and athletics at a young age. By age fourteen she had been accepted into the prestigious Abbey Theater group, where she studied acting and singing. By 1939, she was being cast in major films.
Already a beautiful young woman, Maureen made hit film after hit film, showcasing her incredible talent. Her acting credits include, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
(1939), How Green Was My Valley
(1941), Miracle on 34th Street
(1947), The Quiet Man
(1952), and The Parent Trap
(1961). Though often underutilized, her athletic skills and her beautiful voice made her a very well-rounded actress.
She had two early unsuccessful marriages (having one child with husband Will Price), but Maureen married famous aviator Charles Blair in 1968, and for a decade it was a very happy marriage. Sadly, in 1978 Charles Blair died in a plane crash, and Maureen had to find the strength to go on.
Lately, she is mostly retired, but occasionally takes a small film role. She starred with late actor John Candy
in Only the Lonely
(1991), and has made several films for television.