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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Maureen cherishes her Abbey memories

Maureen O'Hara. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins
Maureen O'Hara. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins

Hollywood legend Maureen O'Hara started her acting career by painting stage sets at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

Speaking to Woman's Way magazine, Maureen spoke fondly of her time there saying "I joined the Abbey theatre and began to learn what acting life in the theatre was really all about".

She didn't start off in leading theatre roles though, instead starting from the bottom and worked in stage production.

"I started at the bottom of the ladder, like everyone did, painting scenery and building sets.

"I remember being impatient in the beginning - wanting to perform - but the Abbey taught me to appreciate all the talented people who work so hard behind the curtains."

The Quiet Man star didn't always dream of working in the movie business saying "I was on a mission to become a great stage actress".

Maureen, who turns 94 this August, is incredibly proud of her Irish heritage: "I am very proud to be the first person recognised as an Irish woman all over the world.".

Maureen also has some advice for Irish women telling them that: "If you do anything in life, don't ever be afraid to stand up for yourself. And when you speak, hear the Irishness in your voice and be prideful".

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