Maureen O’Hara, ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ Actress, Dead at 95

Actress was also known for her roles in “The Quiet Man” and “How Green Was My Valley”

Last Updated: October 24, 2015 @ 11:10 AM

Maureen O’Hara, the actress who appeared in such classic films as “How Green Was My Valley,” “The Quiet Man” and “Miracle on 34th Street,” died at her home in Boise, Idaho. She was 95.

O’Hara died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes, her longtime manager Johnny Nicoletti told the Associated Press.

“She passed peacefully surrounded by her loving family as they celebrated her life listening to music from her favorite movie, ‘The Quiet Man,'” her family said in a statement.

O’Hara was a prolific star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and was known as the “Queen of Technicolor.”

Her first role was in 1939’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” and she went on to star in several films for RKO before being cast in John Ford’s “How Green Was My Valley” at Fox. The film went on to win the Best Picture Oscar over Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane.”

Other notable roles include playing Natalie Wood‘s mother in the original “Miracle on 34th Street” and several films opposite John Wayne including “The Quiet Man,” “McLintock!” and “Big Jake.”

O’Hara is survived by daughter Bronwyn FitzSimons, grandson Conor FitzSimons and two great-grandchildren.