Saturday, October 24, 2015

Farewell to My Favorite Actress

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 Maureen O'Hara has been my favorite actress since I was a kid.  I'm very sad that we have lost her.

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara sometime during the filming of The Quiet Man (1952)

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  1. Aw, I'm sorry your favourite actress died! That's so sad. :-(
    (To be honest, I had no idea she was still alive till now, though. :-P)

    ~ Naomi

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    1. Naomi, it's pretty incredible that she lived this long, isn't it? She was 95, which is how old my grandma was when she died a few years ago.

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  2. I was sad to hear of this too. I loved loved loved her in Miracle on 34th Street--it's one of my family's most very favorite Christmas movies. She was great in the John Wayne films I saw her in too. :'(

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    1. Jamie, I love her in MO34S! And I've seen all 5 of her movies with John Wayne, some of them many times -- I love that my favorite actress and favorite actor not only made 5 films together, but were good friends in real life.

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    1. Charity, it's a kind of weird feeling because my favorite actor is John Wayne, who died almost a year before I was born, so he's always been gone, she's always been here, and now... it's a new thing to deal with, in a way.

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  4. Thanks to my childhood obsession with The Parent Trap, Maureen O'Hara was one of my earliest introductions to "classic" actors. She will be missed. :(

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    1. Hayden, I LOVE The Parent Trap, and her in it. I'm thinking I'll do a post next week of my top 10 Maureen O'Hara movies, and that is definitely going to be on it.

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  5. I'm sorry she's passed away. She was a beautiful Irish woman and a great actress. She will definitely be missed--but at least we have all her wonderful movies to remember her by.

    Wow, what a coincidence--your photo of her is from "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and I was just listening to the soundtrack of the Disney version of that same story. (I've never seen either film before--but I already LOVE "God Help the Outcasts." Sooooooooo beautiful.)

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    1. Jessica, yes, she was so beautiful, wasn't she?

      I haven't seen either version of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" either! Or read the book. One day!

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  6. Aww, this is sad. I've seen a few movies with Maureen O'Hara in them. It's sad how few old time movie actors are left. :(

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    1. Natalie, I know. I feel like Olivia de Havilland will be leaving us soon too.

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    2. That would be very sad. Se's one of my personal favorites. :(

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    3. I agree, Natalie. I read a recent interview with her and she sounds so feisty still! My 3-year-old is going as the ODH version of Maid Marian for Halloween.

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    4. Aww, really? That's SO sweet! My family and I literally just re-watched that version of Robin Hood!

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  7. That top picture is stunning! Is it a promo photo for a movie? I loved Maureen O'Hara in The Parent Trap; she was the epitome of elegance.

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    1. Ivy Miranda, it's from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which I haven't seen yet, but I just love that photo.

      I love her in The Parent Trap too -- I love how intelligent and determined, but still kind and motherly she is.

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  8. She was such a great actress! The first film I ever saw her in was "The Quiet Man", she caught my attention right from the start! I'm so sorry to hear that she has passed away.

    I agree, the top picture is lovely!

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    1. Annie, I love her in The Quiet Man too. I think the first thing I ever saw her in, though, was The Rare Breed, opposite James Stewart and Brian Keith. Delightful western! Have you seen it?

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    2. Not yet! It is on my list of films to watch though, James Stewart and Brian Keith are both excellent actors as well. I will have to watch it ASAP!

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  9. I'm sorry she's passed away:( I think I've only seen her in The Quiet Man, but she was beautiful. And I know how weird it feels when one of your favorite actor/other "celebrities" die--I had the same sort of thing happen to me when the author Brian Jacques died a number of years ago. It's just a strange feeling, isn't it?

    I love the pictures you chose, especially the one of her and Johne Wayne *sniffle* Again, I'm sorry!

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    1. Olivia, I must admit that while this is odd, it at least isn't heartbreaking. I still haven't gotten over Heath Ledger's death, and it's been almost 8 years. Still plunges me into melancholy.

      Still, I'm sad that Maureen is gone, because it was so fun knowing she was still around and sharing her experiences. I really want to read her autobiography 'Tis Herself.

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  10. I'm so sorry to hear that she has passed away :( I didn't even know she was still alive, to be honest. I loved her performances in Miracle on 34th Street and The Parent Trap. She will be greatly missed!

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    1. Mary, sometimes I'm also astonished to learn some classic actor or actress is still alive. It's always very cool! Like Kirk Douglas -- he'll be 99 next month!!!!!!

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    2. Wow! I had no idea that Kirk Douglas was still around. That's really cool :D

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  11. I only saw her in one movie, The Rare Breed, but I loved her. I didn't even hear that she died. It's sad when we lose the greats. :/

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    1. Joanna, The Rare Breed is one of my absolute favorite Maureen O'Hara movies! I'm working on a list of my ten favorite movies of hers -- hope to post it soon.

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