The Kerry Film Festival announced yesterday that Dublin native Fionnula Flanagan will be honored with the Maureen O’Hara award for her excellence in the art of film, reports RTE News.
Organizers at the Festival described Flanagan as “one of the most varied actresses in film history,” and noted the “impact” she’s made on stage, in films and in television.
Flanagan was trained artistically in Dublin’s famous Abbey Theatre, as well as in Switzerland, before moving to Los Angeles in 1968. Over her career, she has won a Primetime Emmy, an IFTA and an Oscar.
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Of her award, Flanagan says "I am delighted and very honoured to be invited to receive the Maureen O'Hara Award at the Kerry Film Festival 2011. It is fitting and generous of Maureen to lend her name to an award that acknowledges the work of actresses following in her footsteps.”
Maureen O’Hara added that "I will be thrilled to present Fionnula Flanagan with this year's award at the Kerry Film Festival. It's a pleasure to honour such a remarkable actress who epitomises all that the award has come to represent over the last four years."
Most recently, Flanagan appeared in The Guard with fellow Irish actor Brendan Gleeson.
The Kerry Film Festival runs from October 29 to November 5. For full details of the Festival, head to www.kerryfilmfestival.com .