#OTD in 1920 – Birth of Maureen O’Hara, born Maureen FitzSimons in Ranelagh, Co Dublin.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

“Above all else, deep in my soul, I’m a tough Irishwoman.” –Maureen O’Hara

Perhaps the most famous redhead in the world, actress Maureen O’Hara (born Maureen Fitzsimons) is born in Dublin. O’Hara is probably most famous for her role in John Ford’s The Quiet Man where she played opposite John Wayne.

Blessed with fiery red hair and flashing green eyes, Maureen O’Hara’s stunning looks led Hollywood to dub her the “Queen of Technicolor.” However, her onscreen roles often mirrored her true persona: a tough, courageous woman trying to survive in, as she put it, an “absurdly masculine” world. In fact, her friend and frequent co-star John Wayne called her the “greatest guy he ever knew.”

She published her unapologetically frank autobiography, “Tis Herself”: she writes, “I have often said that “The Quiet Man” is my personal favourite of all the pictures I have made. It is the one I am…

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