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Maureen O’Hara

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Irish-American actress most widely known for starring alongside John Wayne in 1952’s The Tranquil Man and on her behalf portrayal of Doris Walker in 1947’s Miracle in 34th Street. She also performed Esmeralda in the 1939 film version from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. She proved helpful being a bookkeeper and typist before gaining her first performing assignments. Her autobiography, Tis Herself, premiered in 2004. She was wedded 3 x: to film manufacturer George H. Dark brown, director Will Cost, and Air Drive aviator Charles F. Blair Jr. Blair was her longest relationship, from 1968 until his loss of life in 1978. She briefly dated Mexican politician Enrique Parra. She elevated a daughter called Bronwyn FitzSimons. She performed a lead function in John Ford’s 1941 film How Green Was My Valley, performing alongside Walter Pidgeon.

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Full Name Maureen O'Hara
Date Of Birth August 17, 1920
Died October 24, 2015, Boise, Idaho, United States
Place Of Birth Ranelagh, Ireland
Height 1.73 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality American, Irish
Spouse Charles F. Blair, Jr., Will Price, George H. Brown
Children Bronwyn FitzSimons
Parents Charles Stewart Parnell FitzSimons, Marguerita Lilburn FitzSimons
Siblings Charles B. Fitzsimons, James O'Hara, Margot Fitzsimons, Clare Hamilton, Peggy FitzSimons
Awards Academy Honorary Award
Movies The Quiet Man, McLintock!, How Green Was My Valley, Miracle on 34th Street, Rio Grande, The Parent Trap, Big Jake, Only the Lonely, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Jamaica Inn, The Wings of Eagles, The Black Swan, Spencer's Mountain, Sinbad the Sailor, The Rare Breed, The Spanish Main, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, Against All Flags, Sitting Pretty, The Deadly Companions, The Christmas Box, The Long Gray Line, Our Man in Havana, Dance, Girl, Dance, At Sword's Point, Cab to Canada, The Redhead from Wyoming, The Foxes of Harrow, Bagdad, This Land Is Mine, Father Was a Fullback, Lady Godiva of Coventry, To the Shores of Tripoli, The Fallen Sparrow, Buffalo Bill, Comanche Territory, Sentimental Journey, Immortal Sergeant, The Red Pony, A Woman's Secret, Flame of Araby, War Arrow, Ten Gentlemen from West Point, The Battle of the Villa Fiorita, The Magnificent Matador, My Irish Molly, Tripoli, They Met in Argentina, The Homestretch, The Forbidden Street, How Do I Love Thee?
TV Shows Backstory
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1Buried at Arlington Cemetery, besides her late husband Charles Blair, who was a great military officer.
2She was the last credited cast member of Miracle on 34th Street (1947) to pass away on October 24, 2015.
3Had two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Everest, via grandson C. Beau Fitzsimons.
4She was the second actress, after Myrna Loy (in 1991), to receive an honorary Academy Award without ever having been nominated previously.
5Her first screen test was for a British film called The Playboy (1938) at Elstree Studios. It was arranged by American bandleader Harry Richman, who was then appearing in Dublin. Despite her hating the experience ("I looked like Mata Hari") and Charles Laughton's opinion that it was awful, he signed her to a contract. RKO Radio Pictures later purchased her contract from him and later sold part of it to 20th Century-Fox.
6Had starred with Anthony Quinn in six films: The Black Swan (1942), Buffalo Bill (1944), Sinbad, the Sailor (1947), Against All Flags (1952), The Magnificent Matador (1955) and Only the Lonely (1991).
7Appeared at Macy's department store 34th Street in New York City to promote her book "'Tis Herself". Macy's was the main setting for one of her best-known films, from 57 years before: Miracle on 34th Street (1947). [March 2004]
8Resided with her grandson, C. Beau Fitzsimons, and his family in Boise, Idaho.
9Acting mentor was Charles Laughton.
10Received a degree from the Guild School of Music in London and became part of the Abbey Theater in Dublin when she was 14, winning the All-Ireland Cup at 16 for her portrayal of Portia in "The Merchant of Venice", by William Shakespeare.
11Received an honorary doctorate from University College in Galway, Ireland (1988).
12After being signed by Erich Pommer and Charles Laughton, it was thought that the unusual spelling of her last name--FitzSimons--would be a problem, so they gave her the choice of O'Hara or O'Mara.
13She was a staunch conservative Republican and over time has supported the Presidencies of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and George W. Bush.
14As one of six, Maureen was raised with her siblings at 32 Upper Beechwood Avenue in Dublin's Ranelagh district.
15Was John Wayne's favorite actress and he considered her a real friend, the only woman he thought of in that way. When he lay dying in his hospital bed, he watched on television as Maureen petitioned Congress to give him a Congressional Gold Medal, which they did by a unanimous vote.
16Was good friends with Ginger Rogers, Anne Baxter, Lucille Ball,Lauren Bacall, Anna Lee, Robert Mitchum, Anthony Quinn, Stuart Whitman and French actress Irina Demick.
17She lost her husband, Charles Blair (September 2, 1978), and her best friend John Wayne (June 11, 1979) just nine months apart.
18Had a second career after retiring, as a successful magazine publisher; one of the reasons was to help keep her from becoming bored after retirement.
19In the early 1940s, she was one of the actresses invited to the White House for a benefit dinner. She sat right next to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
20Aunt of Charles F. FitzSimons.
21Grandmother of C. Beau Fitzsimons, son of her daughter Bronwyn.
22She was originally cast as Isabel Bradley in The Razor's Edge (1946), but was pulled from the cast by Darryl F. Zanuck, and replaced by Gene Tierney. Zanuck would soon cast her in the classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
23She became an American citizen on January 25, 1946 but has retained her Irish citizenship. It was the first time in history that the United States government recognized an Irish citizen as Irish. This led to a change in process for all Irish immigrants.
24She was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture.
25She made headlines in 1997 by claiming that Brian Keith's suicide, while suffering from lung cancer and emphysema and mourning the suicide of his daughter, was an accident.
26In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi. She was occasionally dubbed by Dhia Cristiani, most notably in Sitting Pretty (1948); by Rosetta Calavetta and once by Paola Barbara in the multi Oscar-winning How Green Was My Valley (1941).
27She and John Wayne remained friends until his death. In her home on St. Croix, she had a wing she called the John Wayne Wing because he stayed there when visiting. It was badly damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989, some ten years after Wayne's death.
28She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7004 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
29She was born in Churchtown, then a suburb, now a part of metropolitan of Dublin, Ireland.
30She was having lunch with actress Lucille Ball the moment Lucy first saw Cuban musician Desi Arnaz, whom she later married.
31She was the first choice to play Anna in the film version of The King and I (1956) but Richard Rodgers did not want the role played by a "pirate queen".
32Favorite actress of director John Ford.
33Had starred with John Wayne in five films: Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Wings of Eagles (1957), McLintock! (1963) and Big Jake (1971). In all five, Wayne and O'Hara played husband and wife and, in all five, they were estranged at least briefly. The first three were directed by John Ford.
34Brought to Hollywoood by legendary actor, director, producer Charles Laughton, who originally signed her to a personal services performing contract, meaning she was signed to Laughton, instead of to a studio, as was common at that time.
35Performed many of her own stunts in her films, rare for an actress at that time.
36Gave birth to her only child at age 23, a daughter Bronwyn Brigid Price (aka Bronwyn FitzSimons) on June 30, 1944. Her daughter's father was her second husband, later ex-husband, William Houston Price (aka Will Price).
37Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1993.
38Crack typist who typed some of her own scripts/rewrites.
39Siblings: Peggy FitzSimons (a Sisters of Charity nun); television/film producer Charles B. Fitzsimons (now deceased); actress Florrie FitzSimons (aka Clare Hamilton) (now deceased); Margot Fitzsimons; and actor James FitzSimons (aka James O'Hara) (now deceased).
40She is the second actress, after Myrna Loy (in 1991), to receive an honorary Academy Award without ever having been nominated previously.
41Her first screen test was for a 1938 British film called The Playboy (1938) at Elstree Studios, It was arranged by American bandleader Harry Richman, who was then appearing in Dublin. Despite her hating the experience ("I looked like Mata Hari") and Charles Laughton's opinion that it was awful, he signed her to a contract. RKO later purchased her contract from him and later sold part of it to 20th Century-Fox.
42Appeared at Macy's department store on 34th Street in New York City to promote her new book. Macy's was the main setting for one of her best-known films, from 57 years before: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)). [March 2004]
43On a promotion tour across the U.S. in connection with her 2004 autobiography, "'Tis Herself." [March 2004]
44Boise, Idaho: Living with her grandson, C. Beau Fitzsimons, and his family. [May 2013]
45Acting mentor was Charles Laughton.
46Earned a degree at the Guild School of Music in Londion and became part of the Abbey Theater in Dublin when she was 14, winning the All-Ireland Cup at 16 for her portrayal of Portia in "The Merchant of Venice.".
47Received an honorary doctorate from University College in Galway in 1988.
48After being signed by Erich Pommer and Charles Laughton, it was thought that the unusual spelling of her last name--FitzSimons--would be a problem, so they gave her the choice of O'Hara or O'Mara.
49She is a staunch conservative Republican and over time has supported the Presidencies of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and George W. Bush.
50As one of six, Maureen was raised with her siblings at 32 Upper Beechwood Avenue in Dublin's Ranelagh district.
51Was John Wayne's favorite actress and he considered her a real friend, the only woman he thought of in that way. When he lay dying in his hospital bed, he watched on television as Maureen petitioned Congress to give him a Congressional Gold Medal, which they did by a unanimous vote.
52Was good friends with Ginger Rogers, Anne Baxter, Lucille Ball,Lauren Bacall, Anna Lee, Robert Mitchum, Stuart Whitman and French actress Irina Demick.
53Lost her husband Charles Blair and her best friend John Wayne within months of each other.
54Had a second career after retiring, as a successful magazine publisher; one of the reasons was to help keep her from becoming bored after retirement.
55In the early 1940s was one of the actresses invited to the White House for a benefit dinner. She sat right next to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
56Aunt of Charles F. FitzSimons.
57Grandmother of C. Beau Fitzsimons.
58Was originally cast as Isabel Bradley in The Razor's Edge (1946) but was taken off by Darryl F. Zanuck she was replaced by Gene Tierney, Zanuck would soon cast her in the classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
59Sister of Charles B. Fitzsimons, Margot Fitzsimons, James O'Hara, Clare Hamilton and Peggy FitzSimons.
60She became an American citizen on January 25, 1946 but has retained her Irish citizenship. It was the first time in history that the United States government recognized an Irish citizen as Irish. This led to a change in process for all Irish immigrants.
61She was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film culture.
62She made headlines in 1997 by claiming that Brian Keith's suicide, while suffering from lung cancer and emphysema and mourning the suicide of his daughter, was an accident.
63In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi. She was occasionally dubbed by Dhia Cristiani, most notably in Sitting Pretty (1948); by Rosetta Calavetta and once by Paola Barbara in the multi Oscar-winning How Green Was My Valley (1941).
64She and John Wayne remained friends until his death. In her home on St. Croix, she had a wing she called the John Wayne Wing because he stayed there when visiting. It was badly damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989, some ten years after Wayne's death.
65She is portrayed by Liane Langland in Lucy & Desi: Before the Laughter (1991).
66She was born in Churchtown, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland.
67She is the only credited cast member of Miracle on 34th Street (1947) who is still alive.
68She was having lunch with actress Lucille Ball the moment Lucy first saw Cuban musician Desi Arnaz, whom she later married.
69She was the first choice to play Anna in the film version of The King and I (1956) but Richard Rodgers did not want the role played by a "pirate queen".
70A favorite of director John Ford.
71Starred with John Wayne in 5 movies: Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Wings of Eagles (1957), McLintock! (1963) and Big Jake (1971). In all five, Wayne and O'Hara played husband and wife and, in all five, they were estranged at least briefly. The first three were directed by John Ford.
72Brought to Hollywoood by actor Charles Laughton.
73Did many of her own stunts in her films.
74Gave birth to her only child at age 23, a daughter Bronwyn Brigid Price (aka Bronwyn FitzSimons) on June 30, 1944. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, William Houston Price (aka Will Price).
75Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1993.
76Crack typist who typed some of her own scripts/rewrites.
77Siblings: Peggy (a Sisters of Charity nun); TV/film producer Charles B. Fitzsimons (now deceased); actress Florrie Clare Hamilton (now deceased); Margot Fitzsimons Edwards; and actor James FitzSimons, aka James Lilburn/James O'Hara/Jim O'Hara (now deceased).


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
War Arrow1953Elaine Corwin
The Redhead from Wyoming1953Kate Maxwell
Against All Flags1952Prudence 'Spitfire' Stevens
The Quiet Man1952Mary Kate Danaher
Kangaroo1952Dell McGuire
At Sword's Point1952Claire - daughter of Athos
Flame of Araby1951Princess Tanya
Tripoli1950Countess D'Arneau
Rio Grande1950Mrs. Kathleen Yorke
Comanche Territory1950Katie Howard
Bagdad1949Princess Marjan
Father Was a Fullback1949Elizabeth Cooper
The Forbidden Street1949Adelaide 'Addie' Culver
A Woman's Secret1949Marian Washburn
Sitting Pretty1948Tacey King
The Foxes of Harrow1947Odalie 'Lilli' D'Arceneaux
Miracle on 34th Street1947Doris Walker
The Homestretch1947Leslie Hale
Sinbad, the Sailor1947Shireen
Do You Love Me1946Katherine 'Kitten' Hilliard
Sentimental Journey1946Julie Beck Weatherly
The Spanish Main1945Contessa Francesca
Buffalo Bill1944Louisa Frederici Cody
The Fallen Sparrow1943Toni Donne
This Land Is Mine1943Louise Martin
Immortal Sergeant1943Valentine Lee
The Black Swan1942Lady Margaret Denby
Ten Gentlemen from West Point1942Carolyn Bainbridge
To the Shores of Tripoli1942Lt. Mary Carter
How Green Was My Valley1941Angharad
They Met in Argentina1941Lolita O'Shea
Dance, Girl, Dance1940Judy O'Brien
A Bill of Divorcement1940Sydney Fairfield
The Hunchback of Notre Dame1939Esmeralda
Jamaica Inn1939Mary Yellan
Little Miss Molly1938Eileen O'Shea (as Maureen FitzSimons)
The Playboy1938Secretary (as Maureen FitzSimons)
The Last Dance2000TV MovieHelen Parker
Cab to Canada1998TV MovieKatherine Eure
The Christmas Box1995TV MovieMary Parkin (Mrs. Parkin)
Only the Lonely1991Rose Muldoon
The Red Pony1973TV MovieRuth Tiflin
Big Jake1971Martha McCandles
How Do I Love Thee?1970Elsie Waltz
Off to See the Wizard1967TV SeriesMother Goose
The Garry Moore Show1966TV SeriesSara Longstreet
The Rare Breed1966Martha Price
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita1965Moira
A Cry of Angels1963TV MovieSusanna Cibber
McLintock!1963Katherine Gilhooley McLintock
Spencer's Mountain1963Olivia Spencer
Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation1962Peggy Hobbs
Theatre '621962TV Series
The Parent Trap1961Maggie McKendrick
The Deadly Companions1961Kit Tildon
The DuPont Show of the Month1960TV SeriesLady Marguerite Blakeney
Mrs. Miniver1960TV MovieMrs. Miniver
Our Man in Havana1959Beatrice Severn
The Wings of Eagles1957Min Wead
Everything But the Truth1956Joan Madison
Lisbon1956Sylvia Merrill
Lady Godiva of Coventry1955Lady Godiva
The Magnificent Matador1955Karen Harrison
The Long Gray Line1955Mary O'Donnell
Malaga1954Joanna Dana

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spencer's Mountain1963performer: "In the Garden" - uncredited
The Parent Trap1961performer: "For Now for Always" 1961
The Deadly Companions1961performer: "Title Song"
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1959TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Quiet Man1952"The Isle of Innisfree" 1950, uncredited / performer: "The Young May Moon", "The Isle of Innisfree" 1950 - uncredited
Bagdad1949performer: "Bagdad", "Love Is Strange", "Song of the Desert"
A Woman's Secret1949performer: "Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry", "Paradise" - uncredited
Do You Love Me1946performer: "MOONLIGHT PROPAGANDA" - uncredited
They Met in Argentina1941performer: "Cutting the Cane" - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Parent Trap: Caught in the Act2002Video documentary short special thanks
Dieter & Andreas1989Short grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dreaming the Quiet Man2010DocumentaryHerself
Kelly2005TV SeriesHerself
2nd Irish Film and Television Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Lifetime Achievement Award
The Late Late Show2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Richard & Judy2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Biography1993-2003TV Series documentaryHerself
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
The Quiet Man: The Joy of Ireland2002Video documentary shortHerself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: America's Greatest Love Stories2002TV Special documentaryHerself
The Parent Trap: Caught in the Act2002Video documentary shortHerself
Backstory2000-2001TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Actress
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHerself
Irish Christmas1994TV SpecialHerself
100 Years of the Hollywood Western1994TV Movie documentaryHerself
John Ford1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
This Is Your Life1989-1993TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself (via telephone)
Omnibus1992TV Series documentaryHerself - Actor
Showbiz Today1991TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963-1991TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The 8th Annual American Cinema Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
Hollywood Greats1984TV Series documentaryHerself
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady1982TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards1977TV SpecialHerself
An All-Star Tribute to John Wayne1976TV Movie documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford1973TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Fabulous Fordies1972TV SpecialHerself
The Jackie Gleason Show1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show1968TV SeriesHerself - Guest
You Don't Say1967TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1967TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Talent Scouts1966TV SeriesHerself
The Andy Williams Show1963-1966TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 22th Annual Golden Globes Awards1965TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Bell Telephone Hour1960-1964TV SeriesHerself - Hostess / Herself
The Jimmy Dean Show1963TV SeriesHerself
The 35th Annual Academy Awards1963TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards1963TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Ed Sullivan Show1955-1962TV SeriesHerself - Singer / Herself - Guest
Today1955-1960TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Startime1960TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1959TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show1959TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Singer
The Bob Hope Show1959TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The George Gobel Show1958TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Garry Moore Show1958TV SeriesHerself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1958TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1957TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Sheilah Graham in Hollywood1955TV SeriesHerself
Lux Video Theatre1955TV SeriesHerself - Intermission Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 70th Annual Tony Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
The 88th Annual Academy Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2016TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself
The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Honorary Award
My Music: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling2010TV MovieHerself
1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Remembering 'The Quiet Man'2002Video shortDanaher, Mary Kate
Hollywood Remembers2000TV Series documentary
Biography1995-2000TV Series documentaryKatherine Gilhooley McLintock / Angharad
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryTacey King (uncredited)
The Celluloid Heroes1995TV MovieHerself
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHerself
The Making of 'The Quiet Man'1992Video documentary short
Doogie Howser, M.D.1992TV SeriesAngharad
Homage for The Duke1979TV Movie documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryOlivia Spencer (uncredited)
That's Action1977DocumentaryHerself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1976TV SeriesMaggie McKendrick
Fred Astaire Salutes the Fox Musicals1974TV MovieHerself
The American West of John Ford1971TV Movie documentaryMrs. Kathleen Yorke (uncredited)
Directed by John Ford1971DocumentaryHerself
I've Got a Secret1962TV SeriesMary O'Donnell
The Ed Sullivan Show1952-1955TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Honorary AwardAcademy Awards, USA
2011CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsCareer - Honorary Award
2004Lifetime Achievement AwardIrish Film and Television Awards
2002Living Treasure AwardSeattle Film Critics Awards
1993BFI FellowshipBritish Film Institute Awards
1991Golden BootGolden Boot Awards
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 7004 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Star14th place.
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Comedy PerformanceMr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1953BambiBambi AwardsBest Actress - InternationalBagdad (1949)

TitleSalary
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)$12,400
Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)$12,400

#Quote
1[on being asked what her most marked characteristic was] The hell and fire in me. They came as a set.
2[on some of the leading men she worked with] I enjoyed James Stewart, I enjoyed Brian Keith and I enjoyed Henry Fonda. Jeff Chandler was a nice man but a bad actor.
3[on Sam Peckinpah, who directed her in The Deadly Companions (1961)] I didn't enjoy Sam at all. I have to be honest. I didn't think he was a very good director. I think he was lucky that whatever happened in his career happened. I think it was luck, not talent. I'm sorry. You have to forgive me. He was not a good director and if his films turned out successful, that was luck... and people protecting him, like the cameramen and the producers. Different people protecting him made him look good.
4How could you have had such a wonderful life as me if there wasn't a God directing?
5[When being handed her honorary Oscar] I only hope it's silver or gold and not like a spoon out of the kitchen.
6[2010, her advice to young people wanting a career in drama] If you really want it, go after it--and learn how to speak properly, for God's sake!
7I made John Wayne sexy. I take credit for that.
8[reacting to the heavy make-up she had to wear for her first screen test] I looked like Mata Hari!
9I spent a great deal of time with Ernesto 'Che' Guevara while I was in Havana. I feel he was less a mercenary than he was a freedom fighter.
10[on John Garfield]: He was my shortest leading man, an outspoken Communist and a real sweetheart.
11Comedy is quite difficult, you have to be able to have fun and portray that sense of fun to the audience watching you.
12Every star has that certain something that stands out and compels us to notice them. As for me I have always believed my most compelling quality to be my inner strength, something I am easily able to share with an audience. I'm very comfortable in my own skin. I never thought my looks would have anything to do with becoming a star. Yet it seems that in some ways they did.
13[on John Ford's style of directing] Today most directors--not all, but most directors--are in another room watching the actors on a television screen. There are no connections with the actors, which is a shame, because John Ford connected with his cast.
14I'm very lucky I really had some wonderful movies.
15[on John Ford] I think he was a bitterly disappointed man. More than anything he wanted to be in Ireland or be a military hero. So every so often his anger would spill out and whoever was closest got the brunt of his anger.
16I was talking to a director I knew and [John Ford] just turned around and punched me on the jaw. There was no reason or explanation, and I walked straight out of the house and vowed I'd never speak to him again. Of course, I did, but it took a while. He never apologized and I never found out why he hit me.
17Charles Laughton and his wife, Elsa Lanchester, were never blessed with children. Years after he died, Elsa wrote her autobiography and claimed they never had children because Laughton was homosexual. That's rubbish. Whether or nor Laughton was gay would never have stopped him from having children. He wanted them too badly. Laughton told me the reason they never had children was because Elsa couldn't conceive, the result of a botched abortion she'd had during her earlier days in burlesque. Laughton told me many times that not being a father was his greatest disappointment in life.
18To the people throughout the world, John Wayne is not just an actor, and a very fine actor--John Wayne is the United States of America.
19Speaking as an actress, I wish all actors would be more like Duke [John Wayne]--and speaking as a person, it would be nice if all people could be honest and as genuine as he is. This is a real man.
20[When being handed her honorary Oscar] I only hope it's silver or gold and not like a spoon out of the kitchen.
21[her advice to young people wanting a career in drama - 2010] If you really want it, go after it--and learn how to speak properly, for God's sake!
22I made John Wayne sexy. I take credit for that.
23[reacting to the heavy make-up she had to wear for her first screen test] I looked like Mata Hari!
24I spent a great deal of time with Ernesto 'Che' Guevara while I was in Havana. I feel he was less a mercenary than he was a freedom fighter.
25[on John Garfield]: He was my shortest leading man, an outspoken Communist and a real sweetheart.
26Comedy is quite difficult, you have to be able to have fun and portray that sense of fun to the audience watching you.
27Every star has that certain something that stands out and compels us to notice them. -As for me I have always believed my most compelling quality to be my inner strength, something I am easily able to share with an audience. I'm very comfortable in my own skin. I never thought my looks would have anything to do with becoming a star. Yet it seems that in some ways they did.
28[About John Ford's style of directing) Today most directors--not all, but most directors--are in another room watching the actors on a television screen. There are no no connections with the actors, which is a shame, because John Ford connected with his cast.
29I'm very lucky I really had some wonderful movies.
30[on John Ford] I think he was a bitterly disappointed man. More than anything he wanted to be in Ireland or be a military hero. So every so often his anger would spill out and whoever was closest got the brunt of his anger.
31I was talking to a director I knew and [John Ford] just turned around and punched me on the jaw. There was no reason or explanation, and I walked straight out of the house and vowed I'd never speak to him again. Of course, I did, but it took a while. He never apologized and I never found out why he hit me.
32Charles Laughton and his wife, Elsa Lanchester, were never blessed with children. Years after he died, Elsa wrote her autobiography and claimed they never had children because Laughton was homosexual. That's rubbish. Whether or nor Laughton was gay would never have stopped him from having children. He wanted them too badly. Laughton told me the reason they never had children was because Elsa couldn't conceive, the result of a botched abortion she'd had during her earlier days in burlesque. Laughton told me many times that not being a father was his greatest disappointment in life.
33To the people throughout the world, John Wayne is not just an actor, and a very fine actor - John Wayne is the United States of America.
34Speaking as an actress, I wish all actors would be more like Duke [John Wayne]--and speaking as a person, it would be nice if all people could be honest and as genuine as he is. This is a real man.

#Trademark
1Usually played proud, strong-willing and tempermental Irish lasses
2Often starred with John Wayne
3Often worked with director John Ford
4Red hair and green eyes
5Usually played proud, strong-willing and tempermental Irish lasses
6Often starred with John Wayne
7Often worked with Director John Ford
8Queen of Technicolor
9Red Hair

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