“Ramrod, wreckage and ruin”*
R.I.P. Maureen O’Hara. She was 95 and had quite a life.
She made five movies with John Wayne (lucky lady!),
but she made a lot of other good ones too, like Oscar-winner How Green Was My Valley (1941), The Parent Trap (1961) with Brian Keith and Hayley Mills and Miracle on 34th Street (1947) with Natalie Wood. In fact she was in quite a few of my favorites! She even made a movie with John Candy–she played his mother!–Only the Lonely (1991).
In 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected Maureen to receive the Academy’s Honorary Oscar. She was only the second actress, after Myrna Loy in 1991, to receive an Honorary Oscar without having previously been nominated for an Oscar in a competitive category.
Maybe I’ll watch Rio Grande (1950) tonight…
and toast Maureen O’Hara!
Into paradise may the angels lead you. At your coming may the martyrs receive you, and bring you into the holy city Jerusalem. (BCP, 500)
*Kathleen York in Rio Grande (1950)