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Screen icon Maureen O’Hara to receive honorary Oscar

Freya Drohan

Published 02/09/2014 | 10:11

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Irish actress Maureen O'Hara...circa 1947.
Irish actress Maureen O'Hara...circa 1947.
Maureen O'Hara
Maureen O'Hara
LEGEND: Above, Maureen O'Hara at Foynes Museum. Top right, as Kate in 'The Quiet Man'

The Academy has announced the legendary Irish actress as one of the recipients of its 2014 honorary Oscars.

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Maureen O’Hara’s contribution to Hollywood will be officially marked by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the Governors Awards on November 8th.

O’Hara is the only female on the list of recipients.

French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki will also be honoured.

Born in Ranelagh, Dublin, O’Hara went on to star in seminal films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Miracle on 34th Street, and The Quiet Man, in a career that spanned 75 years.

The 94-year-old has been retired from the limelight for some 20 years, and recently told Vanity Fair that her greatest achievement was being “the first person recognized as an Irishwoman all over the world.”

Nicknamed ‘Big Red’ thanks to her flame coloured hair, she starred alongside A-list giants such as John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, and Alec Guinness.

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