Maureen O’Hara has passed away at the ripe old age of 95. Both my parents are Irish and she was one of their favourites, her fiery temperament and fiery red hair qualities that appealed to them both. The first time I saw her was in The Quiet Man (“I’ll take you home again Kathleen”, a song my mum would often sing to herself), the John Ford epic set in Ireland with John Wayne as the suitor from America returning to his roots.
I’m trying to think who would be today’s equivalent of Maureen O’Hara. Christina Hendricks? She was one of those actresses of that era who simply had to be in front of the camera for men to get hot under the collar. What was surprising about her was how little her beauty got in the way of her talent. She didn’t ever appear to playing on her looks to carry her performance.
The clip is of her fighting another great redhead, Lucille Ball, in 1940’s ‘Dance, Girl, Dance’.