Born in a Dublin suburb, O'hara studied drama, music and dance at the Rathmines Theatre Company from the age of 6-17. Her training landed her an opportunity to screentest in London for a film that seemingly went nowhere. Actor Charles Laughton (she later starred opposite of him in The Hunchback of Notre Dame), saw her screentest, showed it around, and quickly had her securing a role in Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn (1939). She went onto star in How Green is my Valley (1941)and one of my favorite childhood films The Parent Trap(1961.) Through career highs and many dry spells, she remains to be remembered for the woman that had Santa Claus show her that fairytales really do come true. I would love to have Santa bring me my fairytale for Christmas. Tall, dark, handsome...and funny please.
|O'hara in Miracle on 34th St.|
|My version of O'hara--just a wool coat and fabulous vintage hat!|