Birthday: 8/17/1920, the
Irish actress of film and television, as well as – a talented singer.
Maureen O’Hara (real name Maureen Fitzsaymons) was born on August 17, 1920 – in the family of Charles Stewart Parnell FitzSaymonsa (Catholic) and Margarita Lilbern (Protestant) – in the suburbs of Dublin, Ireland. She was the second of six children. The father of the future actress was well-known businessman in Dublin, and also – a co-owner of the Irish Football Club Shamrock Rovers. Maureen’s mother was a singer in the past (operatic contralto), and after – a successful tailor.
At all times, the children in the family has been given a lot of attention – they were well educated (some in school drama and oratory Ena Mary Burke School of Drama in Dublin) and brought up in a religious spirit.
Maureen dreamed of becoming an opera singer, like her mother. In the future actress was excellent voice instantly attracts the attention of others. Parent daughter supported in its efforts, but his father was against it. He was a practical man and did not consider worthy of a singing career. Naturally, to influence the decision of his daughter, he could not, but made her promise that if her acting career went wrong, it will certainly be back in the business and become a typist, for example, or an accountant (formerly Maureen graduated from courses, By the way, it is very useful in the future).
The first test of creative abilities of Maureen was unsuccessful. Casting the future actress was not passed, however, he attracted the attention of a famous English actor who was struck by the extraordinary eyes Maureen. By the way, later it became her eyes Maureen skip to the set.
Soon Maureen began actively removed, appearing in films of various genres, including comedy. She has appeared in such films as «Hunchback of Notre Dame», «How Green Was My Valley», «Miracle on 34th Street», «Sitting Pretty», «The Quiet Man», «McLintock», «Parent Trap». Then it was already known in the United States and in 1946 became a citizen of the United States.
In addition, the actress was excellent singer, and her voice was in demand – it is increasingly becoming a varied musical television show.
Subsequently, the actress has achieved much – in 2005, the year she became “Woman of the Year” – according to the magazine Irish America Magazine. In addition, – in 1991, the year – Maureen received the award from the Heritage Award Foundation Ireland-American Fund.
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