Maureen O'Hara Dies at 95

by Desiree Murphy 12:13 PM PDT, October 24, 2015
Playing Maureen O'Hara Dies at 95

Maureen O'Hara, an Irish-American actress best known for her fiery red hair and starring in Hollywood classics like The Quiet Man and Parent Trap, died in her sleep on Saturday at her home in Boise, Idaho. She was 95.

"Maureen was our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favorite movie, The Quiet Man," her family confirmed in a statement to ET.

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O'Hara, born as Maureen FitzSimons in Dublin, Ireland, in 1960, was the oldest of six children. She became a film star at the age of 19 when she played Esmeralda in 1939's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In addition to The Quiet Man, the actress appeared in four other of director John Ford's films, including How Green Was My Valley and Rio Grande. She also played Natalie Wood's mother in the 1947 Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street, and worked with Alfred Hitchcock in the 1939 film Jamaica Inn.

How Green Was My Valley won five Oscars, including best picture and best director for Ford. Though she was never nominated for an Academy Award herself, O'Hara was given an honorary Oscar in November 2014. The inscription read, "To Maureen O'Hara, one of Hollywood's brightest stars, whose inspiring performances glowed with passion, warmth and strength."

She is survived by her daughter, Bronwyn FitzSimons, grandson, Conor FitzSimons, and two great-grandchildren.

Fans and friends took to social media to remember the legendary author.