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Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara

Irish actress Maureen O'Hara...circa 1947.

Irish actress Maureen O'Hara...circa 1947.

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in a scene from the Quiet Man.

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in a scene from the Quiet Man.

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in The Quiet Man.

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in The Quiet Man.

24/9/10 Maureen O'Hara, star of The Quiet Man, at the launch of the Ranelagh Arts Festival in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

24/9/10 Maureen O'Hara, star of The Quiet Man, at the launch of the Ranelagh Arts Festival in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins

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Maureen O'Hara

Screen Lenged Maureen O'Hara will fulfil a lifelong dream tonight when she is presented with an honorary Oscar at a glittering awards ceremony in the US.

The 94-year-old Irish actress, who's one of the very last survivors of Hollywood's golden era, will be one of four recipients of a lifetime achievement Oscar at the prestigious Governors' Awards.

The Dublin-born actress, who starred in the first of her 64 movies in 1939, had consistently been overlooked by Academy Awards chiefs throughout her long career.

But her spokesman Johnny Nicoletti said today's ceremony would mark the pinnacle of Ms. O'Hara's incredible 75-year career, which includes starring roles in movies like The Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley and Miracle On 34th Street.

And he confirmed that his famous client will grace the red carpet one final time as a VIP guest at next year's Oscars ceremony, where clips of her famous film roles, as well as footage of her receiving her coveted award later today, will be screened.

Mr Nicoletti said: "Maureen is very excited and she feels particularly honoured and flattered, because she sees this as recognition of her achievement by her peers.

"It's going to be a big event, with a large banquet and there'll be a lot of industry players there."

He said the screen icon, who moved from Glengarriff, Co. Cork to Idaho in the US two years ago, has already cleared the mantle-piece in her home to make room for her long-coveted Oscar.

"Maureen has also been invited to the Academy Awards next year, where she will be given a prominent seat as an honorary Oscar winner," he added.

Honorary Oscars will also be awarded to French screen-writer and actor Jean-Claude Carriere, 82, and Japanese film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki (73).

Harry Belafonte (87) the American actor, singer and social activist, will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award.

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