Maureen O’Hara’s marriages and lovers: a brief history

The Queen of Technicolour had great success in her career, but what about her private life? Here is a brief history of Maureen O’Hara’s marriages and lovers.

Maureen O’Hara’s marriages and lovers: a brief history

Maureen O’Hara, or Maureen FitzSimons as she was previously known before Hollywood came knocking, was born in Ranelagh, Dublin, in 1920. It wasn’t long before she was out of the Abbey Theatre School of Acting, making feature films across the pond, which would lead her to meet many people.

With her fair skin, fiery red hair, and her matching passionate, strong-willed nature, she attracted many men, having come from the exotic Emerald Isle.

It wasn’t long before she caught the attention of, well, a few men…. not all of which were movie-style romantic. Here’s everything you need to know about Maureen O’Hara’s marriages and lovers.

Ireland Before You Die’s top facts about Maureen O’Hara

  • Maureen O’Hara was born as Maureen FitzSimons on 17 August 1920 in Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland. Her acting career kicked off in the late 1930s, and her breakout movie was “Jamaica Inn” in 1939.
  • Maureen O’Hara went on to gain international fame and recognition in the 1940s. This was thanks to her appearance in renowned films such as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “How Green Was My Valley”.
  • Maureen O’Hara received a Golden Globe Award for her role in the iconic “The Quiet Man” movie of 1952. This was part of a series of films she worked on with director John Ford.
  • She was often referred to as the “Queen of Technicolour” due to her striking appearance in colour films. She was well suited to the colour medium due to her red hair and green eyes.
  • On top of her Golden Globe award, she received an Honorary Academy Award in 2014 for her contributions to the film industry. Her last film was in “The Last Dance” in 1995.

Friends and lovers

Maureen O’Hara’s marriages and lovers can't be mentioned without John Wayne, who was just friends with Maureen.

John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara had a special bond, having starred in many movies opposite each other. Their connection was so strong, that many speculated they were more than friends, which wasn’t true.

Wayne once said that he never had female friends except for O’Hara, because she was one of the boys, which was fitting, considering she grew up a tomboy and had that strong persona about her.

When it came to lovers though, O’Hara captured the attention of many men over the years, including Enrique Parra, a wealthy, Mexican politician and banker, who she had a relationship with from 1953 to 1967. But what about her three marriages?

Marriages

George H. Brown – 1939-1941

For Maureen O’Hara’s marriages and lovers it's good to know that her first husband was George H. Brown.
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Maureen met George in 1939 on the set of her first big feature film Jamaica Inn and married him in secret at the age of 19. They married in Harrow, UK, at a small church, but, while Brown had to stay behind to work on a film, O’Hara left for Hollywood.

They had planned on having a proper ceremony at a later stage, but once she was gone, she never returned. The marriage was eventually annulled in 1941.

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Will Price – 1941-1953

Will Price is another of the key points of Maureen O’Hara’s marriages and lovers.

Leaving no rest for the wicked, O’Hara met William Houston Price on the set of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and married him in 1941. In 1944, they had a baby girl together, who they named Bronwyn, but the marriage wasn’t to be.

O’Hara started to realise that her husband had a drinking problem, just after they were married, and it continued well into the 1940s. Eventually, she couldn’t take any more and with the marriage worsening, they both called it quits and opted for a divorced in 1953.

But wait….

Charles F. Blair Jr. – 1968 – 1978

When her husband Charles died, she took over his airline.

In 1968, O’Hara married the love of her life, Charles F. Blair, who was eleven years older than her and was a pioneer in the aviation industry. Not long after their marriage, she retired from acting to focus on helping her husband run his business. Sadly, Blair passed away in a plane crash in 1978.

Maureen became the CEO of his airline, which meant that she was the first woman president of a scheduled airline in US history. Sadly, it was one thing after another for Maureen, when it came to her love life.

All of Maureen O’Hara’s marriages and lovers are mentioned in 'Tis Herself.
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Maureen O’Hara has had a life that was only half-seen by the public, the other half, her private life, was something rather different and something she opened up about later in life, especially in her autobiography ‘Tis Herself.

She didn’t have much success in her love life unlike her career, and this she talks about very openly. In the book, she is quoted as saying ‘There is nothing worse than having your personal problems, become somebody else’s entertainment.” It’s no wonder she kept her private life so private.

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Maureen O'Hara was striking and renowned for her beauty and talent.

Her marriages were not all sunshine and daffodils, they were marriages of inexperience, tragedy, and trickery. They had her knocked back, many a time during her life.

In her book she tells us her personal perspective, although, she also says ‘I’m really, honestly terrified about how much I should tell, and how much I should still keep secret’. She prides her Irish upbringing with being a tough cookie, and this stood for her, with all the hardship she endured in her relationships.

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Maureen o'Hara had a fascinating life and career.

She said, ‘And yet you will soon read about two events in my life that caused me to stumble and do exactly the opposite of what you and I would expect Maureen O’Hara to do. They involve my first two marriages and may jolt you. One was a comedy of youth, but the other was a tragedy of inexperience.’

Her third marriage was the greatest love of her life until tragedy struck. But as Tennyson once wrote,  ‘Tis is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.”

There you have it, all you need to know about Maureen O’Hara’s marriages and lovers.

Your questions answered about Maureen O’Hara’s marriages and lovers

If you read our article and still have some questions, then we have you covered! Below, we outline the most frequently asked questions from our readers and online about Maureen O’Hara’s marriages and lovers.

How many husbands did Maureen O Hara have?

In total, Maureen O’Hara married on three different occasions.

Did Maureen O’Hara ever have children?

Yes, Maureen O’Hara had one child. This was a daughter named Bronwyn FitzSimons, who was born in 1944.

What caused Maureen O Hara’s death?

Maureen O’Hara lived a very long and successful life, and passed away from natural causes at the age of 95 in 2015.

What happened to Maureen O’Hara’s daughter?

Her daughter passed away only a few months after Maureen O’Hara did. She died on 25 May 2016 aged 71.

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