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.