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Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne in a scene from the movie “McClintock.”

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Rest In Peace, Maureen O’Hara, 1920-2015

Maureen O’Hara, beautiful talented actress, passed away on October 24th, 2015. The news stated that her burial is to be in Arlington National Cemetery. Many people, including this author, wondered why she would be buried there, since she was not a veteran. First, let’s learn a bit about this lady and her acting career. You might also be interested in her autobiography, entitled ‘Tis Herself,’ available below.

‘Tis Herself: An Autobiography

About Maureen

Maureen O’Hara, truly Irish, (born Maureen Fitzsimmons in Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland, on August 17, 1920,) knew from a young age that she wanted to be an actress, so she set her mind to it. Her timing was perfect because Technicolor was invented and her flaming red hair lit up the screen radiantly. She became known as the Technicolor Queen. She was a stand out for that and for her acting talent, because she learned her craft well, with over 50 films to her credit.


McClintock


The Quiet Man (60th Anniversary Special Edition)

O’Hara was a frequent and beloved co-star with John Wayne in movies we consider classics; “McClintock,” “The Quiet Man,” (her favorite one with Wayne,) “The Wings of Eagles,” “Rio Grande,” and “Big Jake.” But she was a star in her own right in such films as the Christmas season favorite, “Miracle on 34th Street,” with John Payne and Natalie Wood, “The Foxes of Harrow,” opposite Rex Harrison, “The Forbidden Street” with Dana Andrews and more.

Why Is She Buried At Arlington?

Given this information, we wondered why she qualified to be buried in Arlington? Here’s why;  Her third and last husband, Charles Blair, was the love of her life. Blair, a former Brigadier General in the United States Air Force, and a former Pan Am pilot who founded and ran the company of Antilles Airboats between St. Croix and St. Thomas was killed after an airplane crash into the ocean. When he passed away, O’Hara took over as CEO and president of the airlines, becoming the first woman president of a scheduled airline in the United States. When she died she qualified to be buried in Arlington beside him as the spouse of a military man. There’s no glamor Hollywood site for this lady, she wanted to be where her heart was, with her husband and that’s where she shall reside.


Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Rest in peace, Maureen, you gave us many hours of delightful entertainment. You will be missed, but we’ll always have you with us in the legacy of your films.

If you are curious about WHO can be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, here’s a link for that information.   Eligibility for Burial in Arlington