Saturday, 24 October 2015
She made John Wayne sexy
"Every 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."
"I had always been a tomboy - I still am, at heart. I don't remember having a crush on a boy when I was a girl. I don't even remember my first kiss."
"I didn't let anyone push me into things I didn't want to do where my career was concerned. So why did I crumble when it came to men?"
"I made John Wayne sexy. I take credit for that."
"Lost in a crowd of greats, not a single Oscar. That's showbiz."
And so, farewell then to the sublimely beautiful and yet eternally down-to-earth Maureen O'Hara. We will never see her like again. And now she's gone, there are very few left from the Golden Age of Hollywood...
Maureen FitzSimons (later O'Hara, 17th August 1920 – 24th October 2015)
Read my tribute to Miss O'Hara on the occasion of her 95th birthday over at my other blog Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle.