Maureen O'Hara says that of all her films, "The Quiet Man" is her favorite and that John Wayne, who became a dear friend, was her favorite leading man.
At 70, she returned to filmmaking after a 20-year absence. O'Hara spent most of last fall in Chicago working on "Only the Lonely," co-starring John Candy.While here on location, O'Hara attended a screening of a newly restored print of "The Quiet Man" at the Film Center of the Art Institute. Afterward, she answered questions from the audience.
She began by saying, "I never tire of watching this picture, and I never tire of talking about it."
She was asked if she did her own stunt work when she slugged it out with Wayne.
"Yes, and I injured several vertebrae in doing those roughhouse scenes. Duke and I had worked them out beforehand in rehearsals, but I still was hurt. It was very painful.
"I could go on with this all night," she said, and the audience seemed to wish that she would. After posing for pictures and signing autographs, she consented to meet two fans at her hotel who wanted to ask her about her more recent time spent in Ireland.
O'Hara owns a home on a sizable piece of property in the resort town of Glengarriff in west County Cork. For the past 20 years she has spent summers there. She is devoted to fishing and gets out each day, weather permitting, she said. She also likes golf, although she claims to play a terrible game.
On the first long weekend in July she hosts the Gen. Charles F. Blair and Maureen O'Hara golf tournament in Glengarriff, an outing dedicated to her late aviator husband. This summer it will be held July 5-7. The public is invited.
The Dublin-born actress is familiar with every part of her native country, and enjoys exploring even the most remote and inaccessible areas.