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Maureen O'Hara: The Biography (Screen Classics)

Narrated by: James Killavey
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
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Publisher's Summary

From her first appearances on the stage and screen, Maureen O'Hara (b. 1920) commanded attention with her striking beauty, radiant red hair, and impassioned portrayals of spirited heroines. Whether she was being rescued from the gallows by Charles Laughton (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 1939), falling in love with Walter Pidgeon against a coal-blackened sky (How Green Was My Valley, 1941), learning to believe in miracles with Natalie Wood (Miracle on 34th Street, 1947), or matching wits with John Wayne (The Quiet Man, 1952), she charmed audiences with her powerful presence and easy confidence.

Maureen O'Hara is the first book-length biography of the screen legend hailed as the "Queen of Technicolor". Following the star from her childhood in Dublin to the height of fame in Hollywood, film critic Aubrey Malone draws on new information from the Irish Film Institute, production notes from films, and details from historical film journals, newspapers, and fan magazines. This breakthrough biography offers the first look at the woman behind the larger-than-life persona, sorting through the myths to present a balanced assessment of one of the greatest stars of the silver screen.

The book is published by The University Press of Kentucky.

©2013 The University Press of Kentucky (P)2016 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Maureen O'Hara is a significant contribution to scholars in the field and to readers for its broad scope, rich movie lore and enlightening information about O'Hara, the woman and the actress, whose career spanned a vital period in American film history." (Mollie Gregory, author of Women Who Run the Show: How a Brilliant and Creative New Generation of Women Stormed Hollywood)
" Maureen O'Hara: The Biography is wonderful." ( Journeys in Classic Film)
"The writing style is outstanding and immensely captures a reader's attention." ( The Southeastern Librarian)

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Good listen

I'm old enough to remember Maureen and, of course, John Wayne. Loved this book.
As for the narrator...I thought he was very good but a couple of other people did not. ....so Listen to the sample and decide for yourself.

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  • 10-05-19

Excellent

Excellent bio of one of the most beautiful and talented actresses to ever grace the silver screen. Narration was fine in my opinion.

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Fascinating

Fascinating story of one of my favorite move stars. Especially liked the parts about her and John Wayne....what a pair they made.

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Sexist Biographer & Bad Narrator

The only reason I bought this particular audiobook was because Audible didn't have her memoir "Tis Herself." Her life story was interesting and worth reading, of course, but many of the biographer's sexist remarks made me cringe. And the narrator was terrible...he sounded like he was covering a baseball game in the 1950s. Painful.

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A disappointment

While the content of this biography was average, the reader’s tone and style were disappointing.

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