Happy 94th Birthday Maureen FitzSimons!
Born August 17, 1920
"Above all else, deep in my soul, I’m a tough Irishwoman.
Being an Irishwoman means many things to me. An Irishwoman is strong and feisty. She has guys and stands up for what she believes in. She believes she is the best at whatever she does and proceeds through life with that knowledge. She can face any hazard that life throws her way and stay with it until she wins. She is loyal to her kinsmen and accepting of others. She’s not above a sock in the jaw if you have it coming. She is only on her knees before God. Yes, I am most definitely an Irishwoman.
My heritage has been grounding, and it has brought me peace. Being tough and strong have always been my most dominant characteristics, like a fire that burns deep within me. I have always believed that I can do anything I set my mind to, as long as I’m willing to make the necessary sacrifices. I have called upon this fire to achieve my goals and survive whenever I felt my world come crashing down around me. In this way, I am like many of the women I’ve played on-screen.”
- Maureen O’Hara
Sweet, sweet Ginger Rogers visiting the incredible Lauren Bacall. Oh, how my heart aches.
Another photo- these are from a Vanity Fair shoot in 1948. Photographed by George Platt Lynes.
I have learned I am a valuable person. I have made mistakes- so many mistakes. And will make more. But I pay. They are my own. What was not real in Howard Hawks’ version of me is not real in me now. I remain vulnerable, romantic, and idealistic as I was at fifteen, sitting in a movie theatre, watching, being, Bette Davis.
RIP Lauren Bacall [September 16, 1924 - August 12, 2014]
I See a Dark Stranger (1946)
Deborah Kerr is “playing with such skill and charm that deeper criticism is disarmed… it seems that she is not only the most beautiful British actress but also the best.” (1940s press)
Are there many old hollywood stars still alive today?
Yes, I think the oldest is Olivia de Havilland which I’m all nervous about because she’s a doll and she just turned 98 this year and I think she’s the last of the 1930s stars now that Betty is gone :(
- Kim Novak (81)
- Maureen O’Hara (93)
- For some reason Kirk Douglas is still alive (97)
- Queen Betty White (92)
- My love Rita Moreno (82)
- Christopher Lee is still making movies! (92)
- One that never gets any Tumblr love is Glynis Johns, she’s fab and 90!
- Eternal Eva Marie Saint is still in demand (90)
- Doris Day (90)
- Angela Lansbury (88)
- Dick Van Dike (88)
- Jerry Lewis (88)
- Director Mel Brooks (88)
- Stud Sidney Poitier (87) - under strict instructions not to die
- Sean Connery (83)
- Harry Belafonte (87)
- Roger Moore (86)
- Christopher Plummer (84)
- Tippi Hedren (84)
- Gene Hackman (84)
- Marni Nixon (84)
- Joanne Woodward (84)
- Clint Eastwood (84)
- James Earl Jones (83)
- Robert Duvall (83)
- Leonard Nimoy (83)
- Olympia Dukakis (83)
- Leslie Caron (83)
- Angie Dickinson (83)
- Anita Ekberg (82)
- Piper Laurie (82)
- Debbie Reynolds (82)
- Omar Sharif (82)
There’s a lot in their 70s like Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Albert Finney etc who are also not allowed to die.
This post made me feel better.
ETA: I just realized that Betty was in the 40s not 30s. Too early not enough coffee