Maureen O’Hara


Irish Film Actress and Singer

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Tough Brian Keith was a natural at comedy.

When How Green Was My Valley finally wrapped, I thought John Ford was a walking god.

When I saw Charles Laughton made up for the first time as Quasimodo, I almost fell over. The transformation was unbelievable.

When I was young, I was told that I had a sulky, pouty face.

When you try to battle with John Ford, you have to give in.

Where men were concerned, I was ill-prepared to navigate confidently through Hollywood's sometimes murky waters.

Whether I liked it or not, I was now a property of the powerful Hollywood studio system.

While one is working on a motion picture, it's natural to get mad at others from time to time.

You don't monkey around on a movie set. It's bloody hard work, and if you're professional, you keep busy and do your job.

Lost in a crowd of greats, not a single Oscar. That's showbiz.

The Parent Trap gave my career another boost, starring in family comedies.

I watch and listen to movies today and am shocked by the way actors deliver their lines. Everybody mumbles now and I don't understand why.

Making movies is just like betting on horses at the racetrack.

The Parent Trap wouldn't have been as special without the remarkable performances by Hayley Mills.

If you had to go somewhere, the studio sent a representative with you. You were sent in a limousine. And you were taken care of.

Many women have written to me over the years and said that I've been an inspiration to them.

The Queen Mary was the most civilized and luxurious way one could travel to America in the late 1930s.

I'm a lousy cook but one helluva cleaning lady.

Marlon Brando wasn't Hollywood's favorite, not by a long shot.

The studio thought I was crazy to perform all of my own fencing stunts, but I loved it.

I'm afraid a lot of the people today don't know which way to read the script, upside down, sideways or backward.

My childhood rarely knew pain, sadness, or hardship. It was joyous-full of love and laughter-and the happiest time of my life.

There's a terrible truth for many women in the picture business: Aging typically takes its toll and means fewer and less desirable roles.

I'm really honestly terrified about how much I should tell and how much I should still keep secret.

My early training in drama, music, and dance started at the age of 6 and continued for 11 years, until I made my first movie.

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Irish Film Actress and Singer