HOLLYWOOD legend Maureen O'Hara has been tipped as the leading contender to win a prestigious lifetime achievement award at next year's Oscars.
The Irish-born actor, who turns 94 tomorrow, has never received an Academy Award despite starring in 64 movies, including leading roles in timeless classics like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, How Green Was My Valley and Miracle on 34th Street.
But her most famous film was The Quiet Man with John Wayne.
But the flame-haired Dubliner, who's one of the last survivors of the silver screen's golden era, is understood to be the likely recipient of the honorary Oscar.
Screen icon Lauren Bacall, who has just passed away at the age of 89, received the same award in 2009.
And one of Maureen's closest friends, June Porter Beck, who runs Ms O'Hara's official website in the US, yesterday called on Academy Award chiefs to honour her while she is still around to grace the red carpet one final time.
"Nobody deserves this award more than Maureen. It's amazing that she never received an Oscar in her acting career, particularly for her performance in films like The Quiet Man," she said.
"But there's still time for her to be recognised next year."