Saturday, October 24, 2015

RIP, Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O’Hara, Actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Dies at 95 | Vanity Fair

My favorite John Wayne co-star, which sadly may be the way most remember her. She was quite the swashbuckler too. Swashbuckleress? Swashbucklitrix?

Maureen O'Hara - Biography - IMDb filled in a few banks I was unaware of:
In 1968 Maureen found much deserved personal happiness when she married Charles Blair. Gen. Blair was a famous aviator whom she had known as a friend of her family for many years. A new career began for Maureen, that of a full-time wife. Her marriage to Blair, however, was again far from typical. Blair was the real-life version of what John Wayne had been on the screen. He had been a Brigadier General in the Air Force, a Senior Pilot with Pan American, and held many incredible record-breaking aeronautic achievements. Maureen happily retired from films in 1973 after making the TV movie The Red Pony (1973) (which won the prestigious Peabody Award for Excellence) with Henry Fonda. With Blair, Maureen managed Antilles Airboats, a commuter sea plane service in the Caribbean. She not only made trips around the world with her pilot husband, but owned and published a magazine, "The Virgin Islander", writing a monthly column called "Maureen O'Hara Says".

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