Irish screen legend Maureen O’Hara,92, the flame-haired siren best known for her role opposite John Wayne in “The Quiet Man”, is joining the John Wayne Birthplace along with her family in Winterset, Iowa on May 24 & 25 for their annual John Wayne birthday celebration.
O’Hara recently moved to Boise, Idaho to live with her grandson after a major dispute over her care in Glengarriff, County Cork , in Ireland exploded between her family and her former caregiver.
O'Hara, who starred with Wayne in "Rio Grande", "The Quiet Man", "The Wings of Eagles", "McLintock!" and "Big Jake", considered Duke her best friend and, in this public farewell to her legions of fans, she'll discuss their lifelong friendship.
According to John Wayne Birthplace, the two-day event will feature all aspects of Wayne's film career including the U.S. Cavalry, cowboys, World War II and, of course, Ireland.
In tribute to Miss O'Hara this year's dinner gala will reprise many of the highlights of last year's Quiet Man celebration; music from that film classic performed by Irish songstress Catherine O'Connell, Chicago's Shannon Rovers Pipes and Drums and world champion Irish dancers, the Fabulous McKay Sisters.
The dinner will be held in a comfortable, air-conditioned indoor venue. Dinner tickets also include the auction and all the proceeds benefit the John Wayne Birthplace. All of the films starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara’s will be shown during the weekend: McLintock! (2013 is its 50th Anniversary), Rio Grande (1950), The Quiet Man (1952), The Wings of Eagles (1957), and Big Jake (1971).
Maureen O’Hara herself has recorded a personal greeting to the John Wayne Birthplace which will be screened during the John Wayne Birthday Celebration in Winterset on May 26th during the Midwest Premiere of the John Ford–Dreaming the Quiet Man documentary.