Finally! Maureen O’Hara Gets Her Oscar
Remembering the night the Academy finally honored Maureen O’Hara, with Liam Neeson and Clint Eastwood confessing lifelong crushes and Maureen looking skyward and calling to John Ford, “Pappy, we finally got an Oscar!” Thank God the Academy, at long last, did the right thing, and what an incredibly moving evening it was…
After more than 6o films in eight decades—and thousands of unforgettable moments—actress Maureen O’Hara finally received her Honorary Academy Award last night in Hollywood.
The 94-year-old actress was introduced by Liam Neeson and Clint Eastwood, who both admitted they’d been a bit in love with the Irish beauty since boyhood.
“I’ll never forget the moment… I was 12 years old at home, watching television on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and they were showing John Ford’s The Quiet Man,” recalled Neeson, clearly speaking from the heart. “The first time the Duke’s Sean Thornton saw her in that film was also the first moment I had laid eyes on her. His character had never seen beauty like that, and neither had I.
“For anyone anywhere around the world who loves movies, she is more than just an Irish movie star—she is one of the true legends of cinema,” he went on…
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