Maureen O’Hara was a celebrated Irish-American actress who is perhaps best known for her work alongside actor John Wayne. O’Hara was tough as a nails, and blazed many trials for women in acting, all while giving us high-quality and entertaining performances. Here are 17 feisty quotes appropriately remember her by! God-speed Maureen.
How could you have had such a wonderful life as me if there wasn’t a God directing?
Above all else, deep in my soul, I’m a tough Irishwoman.
Every star has that certain something that stands out and compels us to notice them.
I’m really honestly terrified about how much I should tell and how much I should still keep secret.
God has a most wicked sense of humor.
After I got to Hollywood, I resented that I didn’t get a crack at more dramatic roles because I photographed so beautifully.
The studio thought I was crazy to perform all of my own fencing stunts, but I loved it.
I watch and listen to movies today and am shocked by the way actors deliver their lines. Everybody mumbles now and I don’t understand why.
When I was young, I was told that I had a sulky, pouty face.
Where men were concerned, I was ill-prepared to navigate confidently through Hollywood’s sometimes murky waters.
I was tough. I was tall. I was strong. I didn’t take any nonsense from anybody.
In a career that has lasted for over 60 years, I have acted, punched, swashbuckled, and shot my way through an absurdly masculine profession.
They said my nose was too big and they wanted to bob my nose. I said, sorry. If that’s what you want, buy me a ticket and I’ll go home.
My heritage has been my grounding, and it has brought me peace.
I’m very lucky I really had some wonderful movies.
Being an Irishwoman means many things to me. An Irishwoman is strong and feisty. She has guts and stands up for what she believes in. She believes she is the best at whatever she does and proceeds through life with that knowledge. She can face any hazard that life throws her way and stay with it until she wins. She is loyal to her kinsmen and accepting of others. She’s not above a sock in the jaw if you have it coming.
I’m terrified about the day that I enter the gates of heaven and God says to me, just a minute.