The best quotes from the Irish Hollywood legend



Maureen O’Hara had a lot to say throughout her long life and successful career … that’s a big part of why we loved her!

Maureen O’Hara was born August 17, 1920 in Ranelagh, Dublin, and became a Hollywood movie legend. Nicknamed the “Queen of Technicolor”, the stunning beauty has starred in classic films such as “The Quiet Man”, “How Green Was My Valley”, “Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Parent Trap”.

Although she passed away in 2015 at the age of 95, O’Hara still has a huge fan base.

Here are our favorite quotes from Maureen O’Hara:

“My heritage was my foundation, and it brought me peace.”

Maureen O’Hara (Getty Images)

“After I came to Hollywood, I wished I had the chance for more dramatic roles because I photographed so beautifully. “

Maureen O'Hara in

Maureen O’Hara in “How Green Was My Valley” (Getty Images)

“Lost in a crowd of greats, not a single Oscar. It’s showbiz.

Maureen O'Hara receives her Honorary Oscar.  (Getty Images)

Maureen O’Hara receives her Honorary Oscar. (Getty Images)

“I watch and listen to movies today and I’m shocked at the way the actors deliver their lines. Everyone is mumbling now and I don’t understand why.

Maureen O'Hara in 1960 (Getty Images)

Maureen O’Hara in 1960 (Getty Images)

“There is a terrible truth for many women in the imaging business: aging usually takes its toll and means fewer and less desirable roles. “

Maureen O'Hara in 1954 (Getty Images)

Maureen O’Hara in 1954 (Getty Images)

On John Wayne: “As an actress, I wish all actors were more like Duke – and as a person, it would be nice if everyone could be honest and as genuine as him. He’s a real man.

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara (Getty Images)

John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara (Getty Images)

About the director of “The Quiet Man”, John Ford: “I think he was a bitterly disappointed man. More than anything, he wanted to be in Ireland or be a military hero. So every now and then his anger boiled over and whoever was closest took the brunt of it. “

John Ford and Maureen O'Hara (Getty Images)

John Ford and Maureen O’Hara (Getty Images)

“Every star has that little something that stands out and makes us notice them. As for me, I’ve always believed that my most compelling quality was my inner strength, something that I can easily share with an audience. I am very comfortable in my skin. I never thought my appearance would have anything to do with becoming a star. Yet it seems that in some ways they did.

Maureen O'Hara in 1955 (Getty Images)

Maureen O’Hara in 1955 (Getty Images)

“How could you have had such a wonderful life as I am if there hadn’t been a ruling God?” “

Maureen O'Hara in 1952 (Getty Images)

Maureen O’Hara in 1952 (Getty Images)

“Above all, deep in my soul I’m a tough Irish woman.”

Maureen O'Hara in 2003 (Getty Images)

Maureen O’Hara in 2003 (Getty Images)

Maureen O’Hara, it’s your life:

* Originally published in 2017, updated in August 2021.

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