- Maureen O’Hara
Star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the legendary Maureen O’Hara’s onscreen roles often mirrored her true persona as a tough, feisty and courageous woman. O’Hara’s stunning looks led Hollywood to dub her the ‘Queen of Technicolor’.
The Irish actress, better known for her roles in The Quiet Man, Miracle on 34th Street and The Parent Trap played fiercely passionate but sensible heroines. She held her own alongside Hollywood’s top leading men including long-time friend and frequent co-star John Wayne who deemed O’Hara the “greatest guy” he ever knew.
O’Hara worked within, what she called, a "male dominated Hollywood system" and experienced first-hand the pressures of being a woman in such a cut-throat business. Known for her fiery temperament, Maureen was not afraid to speak up about the injustices that she witnessed. Maureen was quoted in The Mirror newspaper in 1945: “Because I don’t let the producer and director kiss me every morning or let them paw me they have spread word around town that I am not a woman — that I am a cold piece of marble statuary.” . A frontrunner of the #TimesUp movement, Maureen spoke out about the casting couch and made her sentiments clear: "I wouldn’t throw myself on the casting couch, and I know that cost me parts. I wasn’t going to play the whore. That wasn’t me." Maureen O’Hara represents strength, perseverance and intelligence. She is an icon, not only in Ireland, but all over the world.
The 2020 national tour of Queen of Technicolor –The Story of Maureen O’Hara, directed by Gráinne Byrne, celebrates 100 years of Maureen O’Hara who was born on August 17th 1920.
Witness how Maureen O’Hara navigated her way from humble Irish beginnings to reach the top of the Hollywood tree whilst remaining true to herself and steering clear of the dreaded casting couch.
Within a stream of chronological and flashback scenes, O’Dwyer portrays over twenty characters in this tour-de-force, taking you on an intimate journey with Maureen and revealing the real woman behind the limelight. The vanity case used in the show is the original case which belonged to Maureen O’Hara.
Elaine is an Irish actress and writer who first trained as a primary school teacher in Limerick. She then went on to train as an actress, her true vocation, at the Guildford School of Acting in the UK. She is currently based in London.
Elaine first performed ‘Queen of Technicolor- The Story of Maureen O’Hara’ in November 2018 at Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick to mark the third year anniversary of Maureen O’Hara’s passing.
Elaine’s urgency to get this show on stage was triggered by the #MeToo and the #TimesUp movements which correlated so much with Maureen’s story.
"A new one-woman show about Maureen O’Hara’s life is an emotional roller coaster." - Jess Casey, Limerick Leader
"A sell-out production" "timely re-introduction to the world in today’s #Times Up groundswell" - Rose Rushe, Limerick Post
"Congrats to #MIC Alumna, Elaine O’Dwyer @ElaineTheActor, on the brilliant reception for @OHaraPlay." - MIC President
"So impressed with @ElaineTheActor’s #QueenOfTechnicolor premiere @BelltableLimk. Keep an eye out though, it’s a cracker." - Marketa Dowling