October 24, 2015

"Maureen O’Hara... was called the Queen of Technicolor..."

"... because when that film process first came into use, nothing seemed to show off its splendor better than her rich red hair, bright green eyes and flawless peaches-and-cream complexion."



O'Hara died today in Boise, Idaho, at the age of 95.

27 comments:

PB said...

I met her once. Very nice lady. May she RIP.

Michael K said...

She had no luck with men until she met Charles Blair, an Air Force general and airline pilot and owner who was killed in a crash in 1978.

Big Mike said...

She could portray a woman with fire in her soul as no other actress before or since.

Tom from Virginia said...

In the Quiet Man, there is this sublime toast to the bride and groom:

May their days be long and full of happiness.
May their children be many and full of health.
And may they live in peace ... and freedom.

David said...

The link is loopy.

The Drill SGT said...

My favorite is the one before the Quiet Man. e.g. Rio Grande...

Black and White, so you don't see the red hair, but what a woman... and the great Wayne O'Hara chemistry... And of course as an old Cavalry man, It was one of John Ford's Cavalry trilogy.

The Drill SGT said...

Michael K said...
She had no luck with men until she met Charles Blair, an Air Force general and airline pilot and owner who was killed in a crash in 1978.


The Duke was taken, but it was going to take a man's man to keep Maureen happy...

traditionalguy said...

She was one hot woman. Hot red hair, hot eros ruled prsona and hot temper. Men didn't stand a chance resisting her.

William said...

She was pre Raphaelite. .Even in repose she looked as melodramatic as the cover of a Harlequin romance. Just her looks alone could convince you that life was a fine adventure.

Tank said...

Sweet, and bringing some that good crazy along. Killer accent too.

Bill said...

"Today southern Ireland has perhaps a greater number of beautiful women than anywhere else."

- Art historian Sir Kenneth Clark, 1981

Robert Cook said...

THE QUIET MAN was one of my father's two favorite movies. The other was GUNGA DIN.

I'm a big fan of Ms. O'Hara's flaming red mane.

richard mcenroe said...

"Here's a stick, sor, to beat the lovely lady!"

Mac McConnell said...

O'hara great talent and raw natural beauty, what a presents on the screen.

richard mcenroe said...

Channel 13 in Los Angeles used to air "The Quiet Man" every St. Patty's Day.

Not the least of my reasons for moving was, they started editing The Walk for more commercial time... barbarians.

EDH said...

Clearly, John Wayne did not have "yes means yes" permission before kissing her.

"Yes means yes" policies have a desperate impact on quiet men.

Roughcoat said...

Goodbye for now, Mary Kate. We'll miss you.

The Quiet Man is my favorite movie. One of the best movies ever made.

Roughcoat said...

I thought Maureen was hot.

I married a girl who's like Maureen character in The Quiet Man.

My mom, who was Irish, resembled Maureen in looks and temperament.

So "I married a girl just like the girl who married dear old dad."

I guess that's all very Oedipal. Doesn't bother me, though.

LCB said...

I don't get teary eyed by the passing of stars...usually. But this woman...what a lady. RIP

Beorn said...

I'm pretty sure that would be considered sexual assault in many precincts today.

Valentine Smith said...

Barry Fitzgerald on seeing the marriage bed pieces on the floor the morning after:

HOMERIC!

mikee said...

Her holding the door of the furnace, for Wayne to burn the dowry money, and her subsequent proud walk through the crowd that had taunted her for 5 miles!

Women like that make men better men.

CatherineM said...

Loved The Quiet Man and all of her movies.

Also loved her as John Candy's mom in Only the Lonely. So good. Miss John Candy too.

Here they are promoting it on Johnny Carson. http://youtu.be/JYG9o1L_q6U

http://youtu.be/o-ti18c-FE8

William Chadwick said...

"In the Quiet Man, there is this sublime toast to the bride and groom:

"May their days be long and full of happiness.
May their children be many and full of health.
And may they live in peace ... and freedom."

That toast chokes me up every time I see the movie. I imagine the "liberal" State-shtuppers who post here and elsewhere hear that toast and think, "Meh. Freedom is overrated."

David Blaska said...

"Yes means yes" policies have a desperate impact on quiet men.

And a disparate impact on desperate men.

Ann Althouse said...

Sorry about the bad link. I finally fixed it.

Ann Althouse said...

As for consent, she too steals a kiss. I didn't see him consenting vocally. He may have kissed her earlier, but he might have changed his mind.