TCM Honors Maureen O’Hara
By Irish America Staff
June / July 2014
At the 2014 TCM festival in Hollywood this past April, Maureen O’Hara was on hand to introduce How Green Was My Valley and to chat with Robert Osborne, film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies.
Before the showing of the 1941 drama directed by John Ford, TCM paid tribute to the 93-year-old actress by showing a series of clips and stills covering her enormous body of work – from her first big Hollywood role in the 1939 classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame to the 1952 Irish classic, The Quiet Man, in which she starred with John Wayne, her partner in many movies.
O’Hara, who recently moved back to the United States from Glengarriff, County Cork to Boise, Idaho, thrilled the audience with her memories of working with John Wayne and other anecdotes from her life, and proved that she still has fire in her veins. When Osborne asked her about working with the legendary director John Ford, she reportedly shot back “I thought we were going to talk about me.” Perhaps the Academy of Motion Pictures will take a nod from TCM and award Maureen an honorary Oscar – she is surely deserving.