BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Actress Maureen O’Hara, the Irish beauty who appeared in such classic films as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “How Green Was My Valley,” has died.
Her manager, Johnny Nicoletti, says O’Hara died in her sleep Saturday at her home in Boise, Idaho while listening to music from her favorite move, “The Quiet Man,” a statement from her family said. She was 95.
O’Hara came to Hollywood to star in 1939’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and went on to a long career. “How Green Was My Valley,” a touching 1941 drama about a Welsh mining family, won five Oscars including best picture.
She became John Wayne’s favorite leading lady, appearing with him in “The Quiet Man” and other films. And she was little Natalie Wood’s mother in the Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street.”
O’Hara was nicknamed the Queen of Technicolor because the camera seemed to love the contrast between her vivid hair and pale complexion combined with her fiery nature.
Other notable films she appeared in were “The Foxes of Harrow” (1947), “Sitting Pretty” (1948) and “Father Was a Fulback.” She also had a pension for pirate adventures like “The Spanish Main,” “Sinbad the Sailor,” and “Against All Flags.”
O’Hara was born in 1920 near Dublin. Her father owned a string of soccer teams, and her mother was a well-known opera singer.
She’s survived by a daughter, Bronwym FitzSimons of Glengarriff, Ireland; her grandson, Conor FitzSimons of Boise and two great-grandchildren.