If she is listed in the credits, count on it… it’s a movie I’ll see. As in dozens of times.
The beautiful actress enjoyed a wonderful career in Hollywood for over 70 years. Known as “the queen of Technicolor,” she had a reputation for having a strong will. This strength of will showed in her performances and was part of the reason it was impossible not to follow wherever her character led.
Given my adoration of this beautiful actress, it’s completely puzzling to me how I haven’t read her autobiography before! I mean, one of the few things I enjoy as much as watching old movies is reading about the stars that made the Golden Age so golden.
I, literally, have two biographies, autobiographies, or memoirs in my hand or within reach at all times: one from “Old Hollywood” and one historical bio. Currently, I’m reading Ginger Rogers’ wonderful autobiography as well as a Cleopatra biography – two powerful women who left their mark on our world!
You’re looking at a picture of a biography I’ll soon be diving into.
Maureen O’Hara’s character, intelligence, and independent nature earned her a legion of admirers in and outside of Hollywood. ‘Tis Herself: An Autobiography recounts the legendary star’s life and tells her story as it should be told… by the lady, herself and I cannot wait to lose myself in its pages.
O’Hara was brought to Hollywood as a teenager in 1939 by the great Charles Laughton, to whom she was under contract, to costar with him in the classic film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She has appeared in many other classics, including How Green Was My Valley, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, and Miracle on 34th Street. She recalls intimate memories of working with the actors and directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, including Laughton, Alfred Hitchcock, Tyrone Power, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, and John Candy.
With characteristic frankness, she describes her tense relationship with the mercurial director John Ford, with whom she made five films, and her close lifelong friendship with her frequent costar John Wayne.
Successful in her career, O’Hara was less lucky in love until she met aviation pioneer Brigadier General Charles F. Blair, the great love of her life, who died in a mysterious plane crash ten years after their marriage. Candid and revealing, ‘Tis Herself is an autobiography as witty and spirited as its author.
See ‘Tis Herself: An Autobiography for more information.