I always loved Maureen O’Hara and it makes me happy to think of her still being here today on her 95th Birthday.
She was one of those incredibly real, photogenic actresses who never seemed to get their due.
And she has had a hell of a career.
In the from the 1930’s when she was the ingenue in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in 1939 to “Miracle on 34th Street” in the 1940’s to “The Quiet Man” in the 1950’s on to the totally politically incorrect and sexist, but great fun rift on “Taming of the Shrew” that was “McClintock” and the original Disney “The Parent Trap” in the 1960’s.
She may not have been the best actress, but she was made for Technicolor with her red hair and creamy skin.
And, in the five films they made together, she almost made John Wayne seem human and likable. Almost….
She once said: “I made John Wayne sexy. I’ll take credit or that.”
God help her for that….
She always seemed real, feisty, down to earth and fun.
And she is one of the few greats from the Golden Age of Hollywood still with us….
I’m glad she’s still here and hope she has a great Birthday wherever she is tonight.