Hollywood Golden Age actress Maureen O’Hara has passed away

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One of the last surviving stars of Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’, red-haired and feisty Irish-American actress Maureen O’Hara, who is probably best remembered for starring in several movies alongside John Wayne, has sadly passed away.

O’Hara was born Maureen FitzSimons in August 1920 in Dublin, and moved to Hollywood in 1939 and later became a US citizen. Her manager Johnny Nicoletti has said she passed away in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho, reports the BBC.

Maureen O’Hara’s family has said in a statement… “Her characters were feisty and fearless, just as she was in real life. She was also proudly Irish and spent her entire lifetime sharing her heritage and the wonderful culture of the Emerald Isle with the world.

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The actress played Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1939 opposite Charles Laughton, and then 1941 starred in the John Ford directed drama How Green Was My Valley, and then in 1942 she appeared alongside Tyrone Power in The Black Swan, and in 1947 Miracle on 34th Street.

O’Hara went on to star in five movies with Hollywood legend John Wayne, Rio Grande in 1950, The Quiet Man in 1952, The Wings of Eagles in 1957, McLintock in 1963, and Big Jake in 1971.

Of those five movies, The Quiet Man was the one she was most proud of, and her family have said that the actress died listening to music from the movie.

Maureen O’Hara was aged 95 when she passed away.