Just posting this here to let my visitors know that this site will be on an open hiatus. It is not abandoned, just on a straight hiatus. I don’t know when I will return, maybe perhaps in a few months.
Gertie, if you see this, I requested a hiatus here so please do not delete this site due to no updates because I am very much interested in keeping this site, just want to take a break.
Fifty years after making its big-screen debut an Academy Award winning film is being re-released. The John Wayne film The Quiet Man came out on Blu-ray this week.
The movie debuted in 1952 featuring Wayne as an Irish-American who returns to the village where he was born.
Actress Maureen O’Hara co-starred in the film. In May, she will visit the John Wayne Birthplace Museum in Winterset to help raise money for the new museum. People can visit the museum, meet O’Hara, and see the film all in one stop.
Screen legend Maureen O’Hara is planning to write a book to explain the series of events that led to her sudden decision to leave Ireland.
The 92-year-old actress moved from her retirement home in Glengarriff, Co. Cork to her US-based family’s residence in Idaho last September. The move followed a well-documented dispute with her long-standing personal assistant, Carolyn Murphy.
Her allegations, which were strongly denied by Ms. Murphy, 71, included complaints that her original dreams for an ambitious legacy centre in her name in Glengarriff had been distorted.
Now, speaking from her new home in Boise, Idaho – where she is staying with her grandson Conor Fitzsimons and her two great-grandchildren – Ms. O’Hara vowed to clarify her side of the story in a new book.
She will team up with her former biographer, Johnny Nicoletti – who helped The Miracle On 34th Street star pen her life story, ‘Tis Herself’ – on the new project.
Mr. Fitzsimons, the actress’s grandson, said: “It’s a way for her to get her story told in her own words while she is still around and not leave a bunch of nagging questions to nip at her legacy.”
The Dublin-born actress, who’s a US citizen as well as holding Irish nationality, also told how she has found a sense of peace of renewed contentment since relocating to the US.
The tireless Quiet Man star is even planning to attend the 106th birthday celebrations of the late John Wayne, her most celebrated co-star, in the actor’s hometown of Winterset, Iowa, next May.
Her nephew, Charles Fitzsimons, recently said it was unlikely the ageing screen icon would be back in Ireland in the immediate future.
He said the strain of the past year had taken a huge toll on her both mentally and physically and stressed she needed time with close family members to recuperate.
June Porter Beck, a personal friend who runs Ms. O’Hara’s official website from her basde in Arizona, added: “She loves Ireland, but I don’t know when she’ll be back.”
I have added 229 dvd captures of Maureen O’Hara from one of my favorite films of hers, Spencer’s Mountain.