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    Default Irish actress Maureen O'Hara gets honorary Oscar





    The 94-year-old will receive the Oscar statuette - her first - at the film academy's Governors Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
    She is best known for films such as Miracle on 34th Street, Sinbad the Sailor and The Parent Trap.
    She was a frequent collaborator with director John Ford, appearing in five of his films, including The Quiet Man.
    O'Hara said she cried when she heard the news, then cried again when discussing the honour during a recent interview.
    "It's just absolutely wonderful,'' she said. "I keep thinking, `Oh, this is a league of baloney. They're not telling me the truth.'"
    The Dublin-born actress added: "Making movies is a wonderful experience.
    "It's wonderful the stories that you fall in love with and you make and they wind up being very successful, and it breaks your heart almost. I don't mean with sadness. It breaks your heart with joy."
    Also receiving honorary awards were US actor and singer Harry Belafonte, Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and French screenwriter and actor Jean-Claude Carriere.
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    Wow, she still looks good, even with the wig. I thought she'd passed already.
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    Still very recogniseable. Good on her.
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    I adored her in The Parent Trap. She was perfection. She still looks pretty good.


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    I loved her in that movie. So much better than the remake. She does look good!

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    Damn, she looks great. I hope to look half that good at 70!
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    One of the most beautiful actresses I've ever seen.
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    Aww, she was always my Granddad's favourite
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    I must have watched The Parent Trap a thousand times. She's fabulous!

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    If you ever get the chance to see "McLintock!" with Maureen and John Wayne, do it. Comedy western with lots of old familiar character actors from all the westerns ever made (or so it seems), along with Stefanie Powers, Jerry Van Dyke and Wayne's son Patrick.
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    I'm going to have to rewatch The Quiet Man now.
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    So I'm flicking through the channels this afternoon looking for something to pass the time while I was playing Nurse Ratched to a poorly Bloke and what's on? The Quiet Man. Except there was nothing quiet about mine as I had to keep turning the volume up to hear the film over his snoring and farting.
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    I loved her in Only the Lonely with John Candy.
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    ^^^ This. That's the only movie I really watched of hers (I guess I lead a pretty sheltered life). I thought she and John Candy played off each other well. Plus that Irish brogue ... I'm Irish and love all things Irish, and I fell in love with her brogue. I can't get over at how phenomenal she looks at 94, even with the wig.

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    I do remember reading that when she first came to Hollywood, they wanted to fix her nose, and she refused. But they loved the way that she photographed in Technicolor. I was never "into" her as an actress, but good for her that she's still here and getting honored.
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