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.


  1. "how green was my valley" - my fave movie of hers.

    the only other golden age star I can think of that's still here is olivia de havilland.

    1. Although nowhere near as famous as Miss O'Hara or Miss De Havilland, apparently Marsha Hunt, Marge Champion, Rhonda Fleming and Jane Powell are all still around, as (of course) are Doris Day, Carol Channing, Tippi Hedren and Mitzi Gaynor... Jx

  2. Personally, I don't really think she succeeded in making John Wayne sexy.

  3. I had no idea she passed. I love her! Our news people here are rat bastards, and I guess don't see it fit to mention the talents of a great starlet went out. Beautiful always.

    1. It was very sad, so soon after her birthday in August. The twinkling stars of Hollywood are fading, one by one.

      Unfortunately, what passes for "the news" these days seems to consist largely of re-hashed bits and pieces that some under-educated (and no doubt minimum-waged) yoof has just read on Tw*tter while plucking his no doubt impeccable eyebrows... Jx


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