“Parent Trap” Star Maureen O’Hara Dies At Age 95- Celebrities React
It is a sad day in Hollywood as screen legend Maureen O’Hara has passed away. The Irish actress was 95. Her most notable films include the original “Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Parent Trap” with Hayley Mills. O’Hara’s family released a statement to The Irish Times regarding the red-haired starlets passing: “Maureen was our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favorite movie, The Quiet Man.” Her family, nee FitzSimmons, explained that she went peacefully in her sleep. The statement went onto say that: “Her characters were feisty and fearless, just as she was in real life. She was also proudly Irish and spent her entire lifetime sharing her heritage and the wonderful culture of the Emerald Isle with the world” and O’Hara “cherished her privacy, she always appreciated the expressions of good will from people around the world and from all walks of life. She especially loved it when children recognised her from her role in Miracle on 34th Street and asked her: ‘Are you the lady who knows Santa Claus?’ She always answered: ‘Yes I am. What would you like me to tell him?'”
That is a class act, if you ask me and I, too, grew up watching her with my mother in both films and I was so happy when she finally gave in to the notion that there was a Santa when it came to “Miracle on 34th Street,” which was later remade. “The Parent Trap” was also remade and was the film that launched the career of Lindsay Lohan, 29. In 2014, O’Hara received an honorary Academy Award and as for her wishes once she had departed this Earth? The family expressed the one way to honor her as they “have a simple request: visit Ireland one day and think of her.” We will do just that. Celebrity tweets have been pouring in throughout the day and it seems everyone knew how tough of a lady she was.
Jessica Chastain posted a photo of her and O’Hara with the caption: “RIP #MaureenOHara from one tough redhead broad to another. Thankful for the light you shared.” Roma Downey tweeted: “Just heard that legendary Irish Actress Maureen O Hara passed away R.I.P She was a gift to the world and a great Ambassador for Ireland. What an inspiration this great spirited Irish actress was to me. God speed Maureen O Hara R.I.P #maureenohara” and Nina Garcia went on to say: “How Green Was My Valley is one of my favorites movies. Nostalgia by John Ford. Today we lose #MaureenOHara the silver screen has lost a myth.” Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones and with Christmas just two months away, we are sure you’ll catch a lot of her in “Miracle.”