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The Irish Hollywood legend will be receiving her first oscar at age 94. Photo by: Wikimedia Commons

Maureen O’Hara selected for honorary Oscar

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The Irish Hollywood legend will be receiving her first oscar at age 94. Photo by: Wikimedia Commons

Our favorite Irish Hollywood sweetheart Maureen O’Hara will receive an honorary Oscar at this year’s Governors Awards.

Despite her long and successful career, O’Hara, who turned 94 this month, has never won an Academy Award. She’s been quoted on the matter saying, “Lost in a crowd of greats, not a single Oscar. That’s showbiz.”

Harry Belafonte, director Hayao Miyazaki and writer Jean-Claude Carriere will join O’Hara in receiving honorary awards as well.

The Academy’s Board of Governors made the selection on Tuesday night – the rules require a majority vote of the 51 governors for the first three awards, and a three-fourths majority for the fourth. Past recipients include Francis Ford Coppola, Oprah Winfrey, Jean-Luc Godard and many others.

O’Hara was born in Ranelagh, Co. Dublin in 1920, and arrived in Hollywood in 1939 to star in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” opposite Charles Laughton.

The redheaded beauty is beloved for her roles in “The Quiet Man,” “How Green was my Valley,” “The Parent Trap,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and many more.

O’Hara is incredibly proud of her Irish roots and has said that her greatest achievement in life is being the first person recognized as an Irish woman all over the world.

The 2014 Governors Awards will take place on November 8 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

Click here for more quotes by the legendary Maureen O’Hara.

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