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Let’s Wish Maureen O’Hara a Very Happy 90th Birthday

A Birthday Wish for Maureen O'Hara

A True Hollywood Legend

Beloved film star Maureen O’Hara turns ninety on Tuesday, Aug 17, and as HUGE FANS, we wanted to wish her a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY. You’re invited to leave your own warm wishes for the Irish movie star in the comments below.

A Bit About Maureen O’Hara
John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the Quiet Man

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in the Quiet Man

Maureen O’Hara was born Maureen FitzSimons on August 17, 1920, and grew up near Dublin. She joined the Abbey Theatre when she was fourteen, and her first major film role was in “Jamaica Inn” in 1939, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. O’Hara relocated to the United States where director John Ford cast her in “How Green Was My Valley” in 1941. Ten years later, Ford cast her alongside John Wayne in “The Quiet Man,” a film that became an instant classic among Irish-Americans.

Other notable films starring O’Hara include… “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1939), “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), “Rio Grande” (1950), “The Parent Trap” (1961), “McLintock!” (1963) and “Only the Lonely” (1991).

She referred to her third husband, Charles F. Blair, Jr., as the love of her life. Celebrating his pioneering history in transatlantic aviation, O’Hara has been intimately involved in the development Foynes Flying Boat Museum in County Limerick. The premiere destination focuses on the Shannon Estuary’s role as the first transatlantic airport and the birthplace of Irish coffee.

Today, O’Hara splits her time between Glengarriff, County Cork, Arizona and the Virgin Islands.

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  1. Happy 90th Birthday, Maureen! Here’s to 90 more! ;) Love you both in movies & music! You’re the star of ALL of the counties of Ireland! Much love & gratitude for all the wonderful moments of entertainment you’ve given us through the years! (The Quiet Man will always be my favorite.)

  2. Happy birthday to a super sexy redhead! Oh, and a great actress, as well! :-)

  3. Lá breithlá shona duit! Sláinte saol fada chugat, a ghrá mo chroí, Gina Malloy ~

  4. Happy 90th Maureen….and best wishes on your special day……


  5. wishing you a lovely time on the day itself, Maureen, and all the best in the days and years that lie ahead. thanks for the fine work and inspiration.

  6. Happy birthday to yooooooooou! Happy birthday to yoooooooou! Happy birthday, dear Mauuuuuuuureeeeeeeeeeen! Happy birthday to yooooooooooou! o/~ Lá breithlá shona duit!

  7. Happy 90th birthday Maureen! Thank you for all the wonderful work you have done. You’ve always been my favorite actress of all time with your Irish sassiness! You’re a beautiful lady and I admire you so much. Hope you have a super fantastic birthday!


  9. Wishing all the best for you, Maureen! God Bless!

  10. Happy Birthday to my favorite actress!!! You are truly a great lady, and gorgeous! May God bless you.

  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Maureen!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

  12. Happy Birthday, Maureen!!! I hope you have a fantastic birthday!! :-)

  13. Lá breithlá shona duit! May your day be filled with much joy, laughter, love and light. You deserve these things and so much more for all of the times you have made an audience smile, moved them to tears or held them spellbound.

  14. Happy 90th Birthday!! I just love to watch your movies ;-)

  15. Happy Birthday to the most wonderfull woman, You been such a inspiration to me and I’m sure others, I hope you live for very long time… :-) Proud to be Irish

  16. A Very, Very Happy Birthday to one of the most talented ladies to ever grace the silver screen. Happy Birthday, Maureen!

  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!AND MANY MORE.Thank you for all of your great works, i can not think of one of your films i do not like.Your are a grand lady and make many of we Irish Americans proud! my only regret is that i have never gotten to met you , Be well Love from Iowa Beibhinn

  18. I wish you a very Happy Birthday ! My brother Dave and I love to watch your movies. Diana

  19. You are still beautiful! You are on my list of people that I’d like to have dinner with!! I hope your birthday was a wonderful one! I can’t think of enough wonderful adjectives to describe you!

  20. Hello Maureen,
    Today, in Brazil, I was watching your film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame on the TCM channel and decided to Google your name and saw that you had a notable birthday in August. I offer you my sincere, belated birthday wishes. I hope that it was a wonderful day for you. Thank you for all the joy that you have given to so many people during your screen career.

  21. happy 90th birthday maureen from maureen walker.

  22. Many happy returns of the day Maureen. Like thousands of others I have enjoyed your films over the years.

    I wish you good health and happiness for today and all your days.

    Blessings, Maureen (nee O’Hara)

  23. Happy Birthday Maureen,loved all ur movies.God bless

  24. Dear Ms. O’hara, Have loved your movies since I first saw you in the ’50s. especially with my favorite American, John Wayne. You were the best movie duo of all time and still enjoy watching both of you on screen. May you have a wonderful Birthday and may God grant you many more. With love and respect, John.

  25. I sort of figured that I would be a day late and a dollar short but I really want to wish you the very best in all of the coming years .

  26. Happy “90th” Maureen & yes, many more. I love to watch anything that you star in. You can be so funny. When you started with John Wayne, You reminded me of Lucille Ball. You are one of my very favorite actresses. When you come on tv, my husband says; ya better hurry, your Maureen Ohara is on.
    A very loyal fan, Patricia

  27. she was just fantastic in tarzan all the tarzan films,

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