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"Miracle on 34th Street"
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Maureen OHara
In Hollywood, the job of a Star, whether on the Radio or in pictures, was to be wonderful. This is a more daunting task than it may seem; the brightest stars make it seem so effortless.

Being a Star, being wonderful, in both mediums is a rare thing because the demands of the two worlds seem similar but are, in fact, quite unique. The Radio star had to demonstrate wonderfulness on a regular, often weekly, basis. In many ways, the Movie star had the more difficult calling. It would seem as though she only needed to be wonderful when the cameras were rolling, and if she was not wonderful there could always be another take. However, once the film was in the can, the Movie Star still had to be wonderful in support of the picture.

Maureen O'HaraMaureen O'Hara is one who could be wonderful both on the screen and beyond. She is still being wonderful in her nineties, living in quiet retirement with her grandson in Boise, Idaho.

Born Maureen FitzSimmons in a Dublin suburb, her father was a businessman and her mother an accomplished opera singer and actress. Maureen received training at the Abbey Theater in Dublin and developed an ambition to act on the stage. This ambition was not supported by her father, who convinced her to enroll in business school to learn typing and bookkeeping. However she made a screen test in London, which was not a pleasant experience, however the test caught the eye of Charles Laughton.

Laughton offered her a seven year contract with his company, Mayflower Pictures, and her first major picture was Jamaica Inn (1939), directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Fearing that Fitz Simmons was too long to fit on a marquee, Laughton dubbed her Maureen O'Hara. Next she was cast as Esmeralda opposite Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939).

Unable to film in London when the War started, Laughton sold O'Hara's contract to RKO, where she was cast in a series of low-budget films until she was “rescued” by John Ford. Ford cast her in the Welsh epic How Green Was My Valley (1941) which won Best Picture over Citizen Kane, The Maltese Falcon, and Sergeant York. O'Hara appears with several other players from the film on Lux Radio Theater.

In 1947, O'Hara made one of the films that helped to cement her immortality as a movie star, Miracle On 34th Street. The film had all the earmarks of a B picture; a low budget, an unenthusiastic studio executive, and a reluctant star (O'Hara was called back from Ireland during her first trip home since the War began). Even after being a Christmas movie released in May, the combination of a delightful story and O'Hara's shining performance made the  film a classic. (In 2012,  a reporter for the Idaho Statesman interviewed O'Hara in her new home while Miracle On 34th Street played on the television for her great-grand-children; after 65 years she still critiques her performance.)

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23 shows - total playtime 16 hours 2 minutes
Bob Hope 550407 24 Maureen Ohara
Chase And Sanborn Hour 391203 135 Maureen Ohara
Command Performance 451018 196 Bob Hope, Maureen Ohara
Don Ameche Show 460624 Love Is Sweeping Nation
Ft 470724 024 Brass Buttons
Ft 480212 053 Out Of Wilderness
Ft 491005 138 Gold Bug
Ft 500913 187 Lost Mine Of Padres
Ft 540414 366 Way Of Cross
Guest Star 501203 0193 Tree In Garden
Lux 420921 362 How Green Was My Valley
Lux 431011 410 Heaven Can Wait
Lux 440214 426 Fallen Sparrow
Lux 460617 533 Fallen Angel
Lux 461223 551 Do You Love Me
Lux 471222 595 Miracle on 34th Street
Lux 481206 635 Foxes Of Harrow
Lux 481220 Miracle On 34 Th Street
Lux 490214 645 Sitting Pretty
Lux 500306 692 Slatterys Hurricane
Lux 500320 695 Father Was Fullback
Screen Guild Theater 431025 167 Edge Of Darkness
Suspense 430706 049 White Rose Murders




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