By Madeline O’Connor
Irish screen legend Maureen O’Hara has turned 94 today and according to her friend June Porter Beck is well and with a “mind that is as sharp as ever”.
The actress is now begin cared for near her family in Idaho according to her friend, having left her retirement home in Glengarriff, Co Cork two years ago to be closer to them.
According to The Irish Examiner, Porter Beck said that the actress would “hate people to think that she abandoned Ireland”. She said: “It just makes much more sense for her to be near her family in Idaho now. She never stops talking about Ireland and it’s where her heart will always be.”
Porter Beck manages the website known as the Maureen O’Hara Magazine. She recently led calls for the organisers of the Academy Awards to honour the actress with a gold statuette.
O’Hara never received an Oscar during her screen career, though she appeared in a total of 64 movies, the most famous being The Quiet Man alongside John Wayne, Miracle on 34th Street and How Green Was My Valley.
Porter Beck said: “Nobody deserves this award more than Maureen. It’s amazing that she never received an Oscar in her acting career, particularly for her performance in films like The Quiet Man.
“But there’s still time for her to be recognised by being presented with an honorary Oscar and it would make sense if she won it next year.