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Maureen O'Hara (Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images)
Maureen O'Hara (Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images)
Actress Maureen O'Hara, star of classic movies of the golden age of Hollywood including "Miracle on 34th Street" and "The Quiet Man," died in her sleep October 24, 2015. She was 95.

The Irish-born redhead starred in dozens of films, but she may be remembered best for "Miracle on 34th Street" as well as her work opposite John Wayne in a number of Westerns. Born Aug. 17, 1920, in Dublin, she began her career in London but quickly came to the U.S., with her first major film role in Alfred Hitchcock's "Jamaica Inn." That movie was what prompted her name change, from her maiden FitzSimons to O'Hara – which fit better on theater marquees.

1941's "How Green Was My Valley" was O'Hara's first of several films with director John Ford, a great success that earned 10 Oscar nominations and five wins, though none of them for O'Hara. Indeed, she would never be nominated for an Academy Award, though she was recognized with an honorary Oscar in 2014.

In 1946, O'Hara became a U.S. citizen, and the following year, she starred in the film with which many identify her most closely, "Miracle on 34th Street." Playing the mother of Natalie Wood's character, O'Hara grew close to the young actress.

O'Hara made five movies with frequent co-star John Wayne: "Rio Grande," "The Quiet Man," "The Wings of Eagles," "McLintock!" and "Big Jake." She called "The Quiet Man" her favorite of all the films she made: "It is the one I am most proud of, and I tend to be very protective of it. I loved Mary Kate Danaher. I loved the hell and fire in her."

After "Big Jake," O'Hara retired from acting, though she returned in 1991 with "Only the Lonely" opposite John Candy. She called Candy, who played her son, one of her very favorite leading men. In the decade that followed, O'Hara appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies.

In addition to her honorary Oscar, O'Hara has been lauded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, membership in the Western Performers Hall of Fame and Irish American of the Year recognition in 2005. She wrote an autobiography, "'Tis Herself," in 2004. She is survived by her daughter, Bronwyn FitzSimons Price, and her grandson, Conor Beau FitzSimons.
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