O'Hara described it as a "physically demanding shoot", due to the heavy makeup and costume requirements, and recalls that she gasped at Laughton in makeup as Quasimodo, remarking, "Good God, Charles. Is that really you?
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O'Hara was generally praised for her performance though some critics thought that Laughton stole the show. One critic thought that was the strength of the film, writing: "The contrast between Laughton as the pathetic hunchback and O'Hara as the fresh-faced, tenderly solicitous gypsy girl is Hollywood teaming at its most inspired". O'Hara portrayed Sydney Fairchild, which was played by Katharine Hepburn in the original, in a film which she considered having a "screenplay [which] was mediocre at best". The feisty O'Hara punched him in the jaw one day, which put an end to the mistreatment.
She considered it to have been a physically demanding film, and felt intimidated by Lucille Ball during the production as she had been a former Ziegfeld and Goldwyn girl and was a superior dancer. O'Hara later declared that she "knew it was going to be a stinker; terrible script, bad director, preposterous plot, forgettable music". Ida Zeitlin wrote that O'Hara had "reached a pitch of despair where she was about ready to throw in the towel, to break her contract, to collapse against the stone wall of indifference and howl like a baby wolf".
Her substantial role as Angharad, which she was given without a full-screen test,  beating Katharine Hepburn and Gene Tierney to the part,  proved to be her breakthrough role. O'Hara recalled that Ford would allow her to improvise extensively during the filming, but was very much the boss, commenting that "nobody dared step out of line, which gave the performers a sense of security". Film historian Joseph McBride considered O'Hara's performance to have been the most powerful and intense emotionally he'd seen since Katharine Hepburn in Mary of Scotland Then it floats straight up above my head and points to the heavens.
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Malone notes that when the United States entered World War II in , many of the quality actors became involved in the war effort and O'Hara struggled to find good co-stars. He points out that she increasingly starred in adventure pictures, which allowed her to develop her acting and keep her profile high in Hollywood. Producer Zanuck scoffed at the operation, thinking it was an excuse for a break. He passed it off as "probably a fragment left over from an abortion", which deeply offended her, being a devout Catholic.
O'Hara instead starred in the Technicolor war picture, To the Shores of Tripoli , her first Technicolor picture and first on-screen partnership with John Payne , in which she portrayed Navy nurse Lieutenant Mary Carter. The character's emotions, like their uniforms, seem too streamlined". O'Hara next played an unconventional role as a timid socialite who joins the army as a cook in Henry Hathaway 's Ten Gentlemen from West Point , which tells the fictional story of the first class of the United States Military Academy in the early 19th century.
The film was disagreeable to O'Hara because Payne dropped out and was replaced by George Montgomery , whom she found "positively loathsome". O'Hara recalled that it was "everything you could want in a lavish pirate picture: a magnificent ship with thundering cannons; a dashing hero battling menacing villains She found it exhilarating working with Power, who was renowned for his "wicked sense of humor". O'Hara noted that Fonda was studying for his service entry exams at the time and had his head in books between takes, and that 20th Century Fox publicized one of the last love scenes between them in the film as Fonda's last screen kiss before entering the war.
He considers This Land is Mine and The Fallen Sparrow to have been two important pictures in O'Hara's career, "adding to her growing prestige in the film industry", helping her "crawl out from the gimcrack melodrama of adventure films". Although O'Hara became known as the "Queen of Technicolor", she professed to dislike the process because it required special cameras and intense light that burned her eyes and gave her klieg eye. Wellman 's biographical western Buffalo Bill. Malone notes that in the film O'Hara "shows her determination not to leave her sexuality at the birthing stool", commenting that she looks "deliciously fragrant in the splashy histrionics on view here, in RKO's first film in the three-color Technicolor process"  O'Hara became a naturalized citizen of the United States on 24 January ,  and held dual citizenship with the US and her native Ireland.
In the same year, she portrayed an actress with a fatal heart condition in Walter Lang 's Sentimental Journey. A commercially successful production, O'Hara described it as a "rip-your-heart-out tearjerker that reduced my agents and the toughest brass at Fox to mush when they saw it". One critic attacked O'Hara with saying "just another one of those precious Hollywood juvenile products who in workday life would benefit from a good hiding", while Bosley Crowther dismissed the film as a "compound of hackneyed situations, maudlin dialogue and preposterously bad acting".
She commented that it was "one of the worst pictures I ever made". She turned down the role in The Paleface as she was going through a turbulent period in her personal life and "didn't think I would be able to laugh every day and have fun". She later deeply regretted turning it down and confessed that she'd made a "terrible mistake". O'Hara plays a glamorous adventuress who assists Sinbad Fairbanks locate the hidden treasure of Alexander the Great. She exudes potential in early scenes, where her air of sybaritic slyness seems promise she'll be something more than window dressing", but thought the film "totally lacked drama".
The critic from The New York Times thought that O'Hara excessive costume changes made watching her an "exhausting" experience". After a role as the Bostonian love interest of Cornel Wilde in Humberstone's The Homestretch ,  O'Hara had grown frustrated with Hollywood and took a considerable break to return to her native Ireland, where people thought she did not look well, having lost a lot of weight.
She always called me Mamma Maureen and I called her Natasha Natalie loved this because it meant she was allowed to stay up late. I really enjoyed this time with Natalie. We loved to walk through the quiet, closed store and look at all the toys and girls' dresses and shoes. The day she died, I cried shamelessly". He reportedly belched in her face during dance sequences and accused her of anti-Semitism, being married to a Jewish woman Lilli Palmer at the time, which she vehemently denied.
In , O'Hara played what she described as a "frustrated talent manager who shoots her star client in a jealous rage" opposite Melvyn Douglas in A Woman's Secret.
She only agreed to appear in the production to meet the one-picture-a-year contractual obligation to RKO. In the Technicolor western, Comanche Territory , O'Hara played an unusual role as the lead character of Katie Howards, a fiery saloon owner who dresses, behaves and fights like a man, with hair tied back. By that point of time, she began to grow tired of the roles she was offered and wanted to perform roles that had more depth than the ones she had done thus far.
Kangaroo is noted for being the first Technicolor film to be shot on-location in Australia,  mostly shot in the desert near Port Augusta. Although O'Hara disliked the production, she found the Australians extremely welcoming. Shot on location in Cong, County Mayo , Ireland,  O'Hara cited the film to be her "personal favourite of all the pictures I have 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. O'Hara's last release of was Against All Flags opposite Errol Flynn , marking her only collaboration with the actor. O'Hara noted that "Jeff was a real sweetheart, but acting with him was like acting with a broomstick".
O'Hara played a Mata Hari -like character, a secret agent who attempts to find the ringleader of a smuggling ring in Tangiers. The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "Maureen O'Hara looks very handsome in Technicolor but her expressions are limited—mostly to disgust at shooting smugglers or pulling knives from dying men". In , O'Hara made her fourth picture with Ford, The Long Gray Line , which she considered being "by far the most difficult" due to declining relations with John Ford. He would ask the crew if she was in a good mood, and if that was the case, he would say "then we're going to have a horrible day" and vice versa.
He would provoke her by telling her to "move her fat Irish ass". Their relationship deteriorated further when O'Hara reportedly saw him kissing an actor on set, and Ford knew that she thought he was a closeted homosexual. Contrary to what Universal claimed to the press, O'Hara was not nude in the film, wearing a "full-length body leotard and underwear that was concealed by my long tresses".
The following year, she starred in the Portuguese-set melodramatic mystery film Lisbon for Republic Pictures. In , O'Hara marked the end of a collaboration with John Ford with The Wings of Eagles , which was based on the true story of an old friend of Ford's, Frank "Spig" Wead , a naval aviator who became a screenwriter in Hollywood. Malone wrote that "Wayne and O'Hara interact well in these early scenes, giving effortless performances and exhibiting a strong chemistry.
One can sense the offscreen friendship in little nuances between them". O'Hara later referred to him as an "instant conman" who would say the opposite of what he felt and said of his bitterness: "He wanted to be born in Ireland and he wanted to be an Irish rebel. The fact that he wasn't left him very bitter". Though O'Hara was consciously moving away from adventure films, an ongoing court case against Confidential magazine in and and an operation for a slipped disk, after which she had to wear a full body brace for four months, effectively ruled out any further action films for her.
In , O'Hara starred on Broadway in the musical Christine which ran for 12 performances. It was a problematic production, and the director, Jerome Chodorov , was so displeased with it that he requested that his name be removed from the credits. In , O'Hara returned to film, starring as a secretary who is sent from London to Havana to investigate the activities of a British secret agent Alec Guinness in the commercially successful Our Man in Havana.
Miniver , but despite some critics approving her performance, most thought that the remake was ill-timed and that she could not top Greer Garson 's performance in the Oscar-winning film. Playing against stereotype as the strong, aggressive redhead, she plays a character who is vulnerable to rape and violence from men. The plot involves her traveling across Apache territory with an ex-Sergeant Keith to bury her young son to be buried next to his father in the desert.
O'Hara credits Mills for the success of the film, remarking that "she really did bring two different girls to life in the movie" and wrote that "Sharon and Susan were so believable that I'd sometimes forget myself and look for the other one when Hayley and I were standing around the set". She never worked for Disney again. Hobbs Takes a Vacation , about a family vacation in a dilapidated house on the beach.
She played Peggy, the token wife of Hobbs Stewart , a character who is very family-oriented and talkative. I was never allowed to really play out a single scene in the picture. He was a remarkable actor, but not a generous one". Hobbs Takes a Vacation , O'Hara felt that her career had been given a new lease of life. The film was shot on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming , the same place that the classic western Shane was shot. It was poorly received by the critics at the time but fared well at the box office. McLaglen 's Technicolor comedic western, McLintock!
O'Hara performed many of her own stunts in the film, including one scene where she falls backwards off a ladder into a trough. O'Hara played a British woman who leaves her diplomat husband in England for an Italian pianist Brazzi. She was so frustrated with the finished film, which was a box office flop, that she cried. Malone thought that she modeled her performance on Julie Andrews , "adopting a schoolmarmish voice and demeanor that ill befit her", and coming out with pious statements like "cleanliness is next to godliness".
During filming in the summer of , O'Hara was involved in an accident on set with Gleason when he tripped on a Cyclone wire fence, falling heavily on her hand which was resting on it. She later required orthopedic surgery to correct the injury. The script was awful, and the director couldn't fix it". Director Budd Boetticher cast O'Hara as he believed that she and Wayne had chemistry which was "head and shoulders" over those of other leading actresses at the time. In she professed to strongly disapprove of the way Hollywood was going, "making dirty pictures", and she wanted no part of it.
After a year retirement from the film industry, O'Hara returned to the screen in to star opposite John Candy in the romantic comedy-drama Only the Lonely. The film reunited her with Anthony Quinn who plays her brief love interest, Nick the Greek. The equipment is lighter now, and they work a bit faster, but I hardly felt like I'd been away".
Malone states that as "Ireland's first Hollywood superstar", O'Hara "paved the way for a future generation of actresses seeking their own voice With her mahogany hair, her hoydenish ways, and her whip-smart delivery of lines, she created a character prototype that seemed to define her country of origin and much as Ireland defined her". She dismissed method acting as "tommyrot", believing that acting should be acting, and placed great emphasis on work ethic and punctuality. John Ford reportedly once commented in a letter that O'Hara was the finest actress in Hollywood, but he rarely praised her in person.
Bertrand Tavernier , on the contrary, professed that O'Hara was one of the actresses he most detested. I was never petite or cute so there was never anything about me which would go out of style",  critics found fault with her range. Malone wrote that she "seemed to struggle in comedic roles but proved her mettle in films that called on her to take charge of situations or find courage in the face of adversity".
One critic remarked that it took a director like John Ford to bring out a good performance from her. John Ford's view of Ireland, and things Irish, tended to be broad, sentimental and sociologically distorted, and his characters were often cliched representatives of their nationality". O'Hara had a reputation in Hollywood for bossiness, and John Wayne once referred to her as "the greatest guy I ever met".
O'Hara declared that she had "never had a temperamental fit in my life",  but did admit to walking off the set in disgust at George Montgomery nearly choking her to death with a kiss during the filming of Ten Gentleman from West Point. Teetotal and a non-smoker, O'Hara rejected the Hollywood party lifestyle, and was relatively moderate in her personal grooming. Malone wrote that "her attitude towards sex bordered on puritanical at times, which wasn't what one expected from a sex symbol".
Because I don't let the producer and director kiss me every morning or let them paw me they have spread around town that I am not a woman, that I am a cold piece of marble statuary" and "I wouldn't throw myself on the casting couch, and I know that cost me parts. I wasn't going to play the whore. That wasn't me". Then comes along a girl with a plain face and they think, 'She must be a great actress, she isn't pretty'.
So they give her the glamour treatment and the pretty girl gets left behind". O'Hara believed that she missed out on a number of roles in some of the classic black and white films because she aesthetically pictured so well in Technicolor productions. Brown, a film producer, production assistant and occasional scriptwriter whom she had met on the set of Jamaica Inn.
Brown stayed behind in England to shoot a film with Paul Robeson. Soon after the honeymoon O'Hara realized Price was an alcoholic. O'Hara always denied having any extramarital affairs, but in his autobiography, frequent collaborator Anthony Quinn claimed to have fallen in love with her on the set of Sinbad the Sailor.
He commented that she was "dazzling, and the most understanding woman on this earth" who "brought out the Gaelic in him", being half Irish. Quinn implied that they had been involved in an affair, adding that "after a while we both tired of the deceit". From to , O'Hara had a relationship with Enrique Parra, a wealthy Mexican politician and banker. She met him at a restaurant during a trip to Mexico in Leaving him was one of the most painful things I have ever had to do.
Price also continued to harass O'Hara for dating Parra and filed a case against her on 20 June , seeking custody of Bronwyn and accusing her of immorality. Now it wasn't", and that when the usher shone a flashlight towards them she was forced to sit up and play innocent. O'Hara married her third husband, Charles F. Blair, an immensely popular figure,  was a pioneer of transatlantic aviation, a former brigadier general of the US Air Force , a former chief pilot at Pan Am , and founder and head of the U.
Virgin Islands airline Antilles Air Boats. A few years after her marriage to Blair, O'Hara, for the most part, retired from acting. Croix to St. Thomas , crashing after an engine failure. In , O'Hara was diagnosed with uterine cancer, which had to be removed with an operation. She was greatly affected by John Wayne's own cancer during this period, and Wayne reportedly wept on the phone when she informed him that her own cancer had been given the all clear. O'Hara was instrumental in Wayne being given a special medal shortly before his death the following year.
She argued that "John Wayne is not just an actor. John Wayne is the United States of America" and personally selected the portrait of him to go on it. In , Blair bought O'Hara a travel magazine, the Virgin Islander , which she began to edit from their home for many years in St. She passed on the airline business the following year, which by this time was chartering flights a day with a fleet of 27 planes. While in New York, inquiring about the costs of rebuilding, she suffered six successive heart attacks and underwent an angioplasty. In May , O'Hara's family contacted social workers regarding claims that O'Hara, who had short-term memory loss, was a victim of elder abuse.
The appearance included a performance by the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band , who travelled from Chicago for the event. Patrick's Day Parade. A significant portion of the museum is dedicated to her late husband Charles. The restoration of the plane took eight years and time was donated by former pilots and mechanics in honor of Charles Blair. It is the only surviving example of this type of early trans-Atlantic plane.
O'Hara became only the second actress, after Myrna Loy in , to receive an Honorary Oscar without having previously been nominated for an Oscar in a competitive category. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the actress and singer.
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