Today, one of my all-time favorite actresses passed away. Maureen O’Hara was the epitome of balls-out female actresses who left nothing on the table.
How did I know or care about some actress from the 50’s? Because my mom, grand mom, everyone in my family were prodigious book readers and movie-goers. I had the shit scared out of me early by THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and WAR OF THE WORLDS. And the classic Hollywood musical? Oh my. I’ve seen them all. Over and over.
I can remember hunkering down with my mom and grandmother to watch TV movies. We also went to a classic old-time (not then but certainly now!) movie theater that showed Hollywood classics mid-week. This youngling learned a lot from those outings and experiences!
Looking back I see clear as a bell that those two unique women introduced me to the swooning delights of the Alpha Male.
No, seriously! Which brings us back to Maureen O’Hara.
Let there be no mistake about it … two of my favorite characters from the Justice series were inspired by Ms. O’Hara and the biggest baddest Alpha of them all … John Wayne.
Just take a look at this PERFECT scene. It’s so Alex and Meghan that it makes me laugh.
I’m glad my mom loved movies and reading and theater. Without those influences I wouldn’t know the awesomeness of the original red-haired Irish bad ass, Maureen O’Hara. Thanks for the memories!