Legendary Actress Maureen O’Hara Dies at 95

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Screen actress Maureen O’Hara of Miracle on 34th Street and The Quiet Man has passed away in her sleep at home in Boise, Idaho.

Maureen O’Hara is perhaps best known for her roles in Miracle on 34th Street and films by John Ford.

O’Hara, who was born Maureen FitzSimons in Dublin in 1920, starred in the 1941 Oscar-winning drama How Green Was My Valley and The Quiet Man, John Ford’s 1952 film set in Ireland, starring John Wayne.

The glamourous actress also starred in films with leading men such as Tyrone Power in The Black Swan (1942), Douglas Fairbanks in Sinbad the Sailor (1947) and Sir Alec Guinness in Our Man In Havana (1960).

Perhaps one of her most beloved roles in North America was the 1947 holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street, where she played a cynical Macy’s department store executive who tries to prevent her daughter, played by a young Natalie Wood, from believing in Santa Claus.

In 2014, O’Hara received an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement.