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Maureen O’Hara dies at 95

Actress Maureen O’Hara, known for her flaming red hair and her roles in “The Quiet Man,” “How Green Is My Valley,” and other movie classics, has died of natural causes at the age of 95, her manager said on Saturday.
O’Hara passed away peacefully at her home in Boise, Idaho, surrounded by family members and listening to “her favorite music” from the 1952 film “The Quiet Man,” The Dublin-born O’Hara first broke into motion pictures in 1939, with roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn and as Esmerelda, opposite Charles Laughton’s Quasimodo, in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Over her celebrated career, O’Hara worked with the greats of her time, including John Ford (most notably on the 1941 Best Picture winner How Green Was My Valley) and John Wayne, with whom she made five films, including 1952’s The Quiet Man. She is, perhaps, most widely remembered for her roles in two family films, The Parent Trap and Miracle on 34th Street.
said Johnny Nicoletti, her manager and co-author of O’Hara’s memoir “‘Tis Herself’.”
O’Hara’s last film performance was in 1991, in director Chris Columbus’ Only the Lonely, where she played John Candy’s overbearing Irish mother.
Last November, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented an honorary Oscar to Maureen O’Hara for her long and memorable career. Presenter Liam Neeson said of O’Hara, “For anyone anywhere around the world who loves movies, she is more than simply an Irish movie star, she is one of the true legends of cinema. A woman whose skill and range of talent is unsurpassed.”

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