Maureen O’Hara: One For the Ages

October 25, 2015 — Leave a comment

Maureen O’Hara as Mary Kate in John Ford’s THE QUIET MAN


Timeless is the first word that comes to my mind when I see this picture. Maureen O’Hara was probably 31, 32 at the oldest, when she played Mary Kate opposite John Wayne in John Ford’s THE QUIET MAN. That was over sixty years ago. Her beauty is a given. What strikes me most about this picture is its timeless quality. The image is instantly recognizable to fans of the film and others knowledgable of Old Hollywood. But one could probably convince someone not as familiar with Maureen O’Hara that this is a recent photo taken of a super model during a fall fashion photo shoot.

Maureen O’Hara is — not was, but is — one for the ages. She’s left us here but her image, her voice, her strength, her dignity, an her talent, will delight movie fans as long the art form exists.


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