Maureen O’Hara


Irish Film Actress and Singer

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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.

They said my nose was too big and they wanted to bob my nose. I said, sorry. If that's what you want, buy me a ticket and I'll go home.

I'm terrified about the day that I enter the gates of heaven and God says to me, just a minute.

My heritage has been my grounding, and it has brought me peace.

I'm very lucky I really had some wonderful movies.

My house here in LA is a disgrace. You go in the front door and you think you're going to be drowned in paper. It's all over the place.

In 1946, I fought to be recognized as Irish when I became a dual national.

My whole life was foretold to me. An old Romany gypsy read my fortune.

In a career that has lasted for over 60 years, I have acted, punched, swashbuckled, and shot my way through an absurdly masculine profession.

On July 1, 1952, I filed for divorce from William Houston Price on grounds of incompatibility. My 10-year nightmare had finally come to an end.

In the beginning it was all black and white.

One time I was taking a little too long in the toilet and Mr. Zanuck sent for me. And he said, what are you doing that takes so long?

In the Virgin Islands we get a mist or fog from Africa at a certain time every year.

President Roosevelt assured me that Ireland would one day be part of the Communist bloc.

I was called The Queen of Technicolor in the lavish 1942 swashbuckler, The Black Swan.

I was caught napping during a break on The Quiet Man. It was sunny and gorgeous almost every day.

I was not the typical American movie star; I was very different from the other stars and starlets.

I was tough. I was tall. I was strong. I didn't take any nonsense from anybody.

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Irish Film Actress and Singer