Maureen O’Hara: The Biography

An actress of the stage and screen, Maureen O’Hara was known for her depictions of bold heroines and striking on-screen presence. Appearing in films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Quiet Man (1952), and more, her confidence charmed audiences all over the world.

Maureen O’Hara: The Biography by Aubrey Malone is the first biography of the “Queen of Technicolor,” chronicling O’Hara’s early life in Dublin, Ireland, through to her Hollywood career. Malone consulted resources from the Irish Film Institute, film production notes, journals, newspapers, fan magazines, and O’Hara’s own autobiography to create this new book about O’Hara.

Off-screen, O’Hara was quite private and continued her friendships with her co-stars, in addition to valuing her relationships with her family members. As a result, this book offers an interesting portrayal of the real O’Hara, including discussions and debates about her characters’ connections to feminism and antifeminism.

Fans of O’Hara are sure to enjoy this latest glimpse of one of classic cinema’s favorite screen sirens.


Maureen O’Hara: The Biography is available for purchase via the University Press of Kentucky.

About Annette Bochenek

Dr. Annette Bochenek of Chicago, Illinois, is an avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the Hometowns to Hollywood blog, in which she writes about her trips exploring the legacies and hometowns of Golden Age stars. Annette also hosts the “Hometowns to Hollywood” film series throughout the Chicago area. She has been featured on Turner Classic Movies and is the president of TCM Backlot’s Chicago chapter. In addition to writing for TCM Backlot, she also writes for Classic Movie Hub, Silent Film Quarterly, Nostalgia Digest, and Chicago Art Deco Society Magazine.
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1 Response to Maureen O’Hara: The Biography

  1. Sounds interesting! It’s so had to believe it’s the first biography of Maureen O’Hara — what a great subject! I was sorry that I missed seeing her when she was at TCMFF several years ago (those darned scheduling conflicts!) but two of my friends went, so at least I was able to hear all about it from them.

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