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I had always been a tomboy – I still am, at heart.
– Maureen O’Hara
How could you have had such a wonderful life as me if there wasn’t a God directing?
My whole life was foretold to me. An old Romany gypsy read my fortune.
I didn’t let anyone push me into things I didn’t want to do where my career was concerned. So why did I crumble when it came to men?
Lost in a crowd of greats, not a single Oscar. That’s showbiz.
Comedy is difficult, especially slapstick. The trick is to have fun while you are performing it.
In the beginning it was all black and white.
How could you get angry with Jackie Gleason?
Audiences in London called me the girl with the black cherry eyes.
God has a most wicked sense of humor.
There’s a terrible truth for many women in the picture business: Aging typically takes its toll and means fewer and less desirable roles.
I spent a great deal of time with Che Guevara while I was in Havana. I believe he was far less a mercenary than he was a freedom fighter.
Above all else, deep in my soul, I’m a tough Irishwoman.
I’m really honestly terrified about how much I should tell and how much I should still keep secret.
My heritage has been my grounding, and it has brought me peace.
After I got to Hollywood, I resented that I didn’t get a crack at more dramatic roles because I photographed so beautifully.
The depth of John Candy’s talent did surprise me. He was one of my all-time favorite leading men.
As the 1960s began, a new breed of Hollywood leading lady was emerging. She was elegant, international, and wonderfully comedic.
The studio thought I was crazy to perform all of my own fencing stunts, but I loved it.
John Candy knew he was going to die. He told me on his 40th birthday. He said, well, Maureen, I’m on borrowed time.
I dainty little lass I wasn’t. I looked twice my age until I turned 10 or 11.
Every star has that certain something that stands out and compels us to notice them.
I was born into the most remarkable and eccentric family I could possibly have hoped for.
Henry Fonda gave me a spanking during a scene in Spencer’s Mountain.
I am like many of the women I have played onscreen.
I’m terrified about the day that I enter the gates of heaven and God says to me, just a minute.