Irish screen legend Maureen O’Hara has said her visit to John Wayne’s 106th birthday celebration in Iowa this weekend, will be her final public appearance.
The weekend event will pay tribute to O’Hara - the guest of honor, by showing movies the Hollywood duo made together.
In a statement released by her grandson, Conor Fitzsimons, O’Hara said that “after 75 years as a performing artist, it’s time to start taking my final bows."
The 92-year-old flame-haired Quiet Man star moved to Boise, Idaho, at the end of last year to live close to her only grandson after living in her home in Glengarriff in west Cork since 1968.
She now lives in a home close to her grandson, where she has access to 24-hour care.
Speaking to the Irish Times the Dublin born actor said she was “weepy and teary” that her visit to John Wayne’s birthplace this weekend, would be her last public outing.
It is “best to have the last of something”, she said.
The star paid tribute to John Wayne, whom she starred alongside in five movies including the 1952 classic, ‘The Quiet Man’, which was made in Ireland.
“He meant so much to me and all the people in the world who enjoyed his movies and his speeches and his sayings and his joking and teasing of people,” she said.
The Irish Times reports that O’Hara’s family have hired an Irish law firm to find information about her financial assets, after a legal battle with her former personal assistant, Carolyn Murphy, erupted last year.
Last July, O’Hara called an impromptu press conference where a series of allegations about Murphy and the foundation established to honour the actress’s legacy were aired. The former PA has also rejected the family’s allegations that she ever misappropriated O’Hara’s funds.
Her grandson said this week that the family had hired one of Dublin’s biggest law firms, Arthur Cox to seek more information on O’Hara’s financial records.
“The bottom line is we are going to court,” he said.
“We have asked and requested information but we have heard nothing further for almost a year.
“We are going to have to go a legal route.”
Watch some highlights of ‘The Quiet Man’ below:
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