Maureen O’Hara to receive lifetime achievement Oscar

Dublin-born actor (94) appeared in films such as The Quiet Man and The Parent Trap

Dublin-born actor Maureen O’Hara is to receive a lifetime achievement Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The 94-year-old who appeared in films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), How Green Is My Valley (1941), The Quiet Man (1952) and The Parent Trap (1961) will receive the award at the Academy's 6th Annual Governors Awards in Hollywood on November 8th.

French novelist, screenwriter and actor Jean-Claude Carrière and Japanese film director, producer, and screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki will receive similar awards while American singer, songwriter and actor Harry Belafonte is to receive the the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award..

"The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime," said Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "We're absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November."


Noted as a flame-haired beauty, O’Hara also starred in films such as The Black Swan, Sinbad the Sailor, the This Land Is Mine and Miracle on 34th Street.

She was a favourite of director John Ford, who cast her in five of his films, including Rio Grande, How Green Was My Valley, and The Quiet Man - a film in which she appeared alongside John Wayne that was largely shot in counties Mayo and Galway.

The Academy said the the Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honour extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.

Steven Carroll

Steven Carroll

Steven Carroll is an Assistant News Editor with The Irish Times