Maureen O'Hara is an Irish film actress and singer. She was first educated at the John Street West Girls' School near Thomas Street in Dublin's Liberties Area. From the age of 6–17 she trained in drama, music and dance, and at the age of 10 joined the Rathmines Theatre Company and worked in amateur theatre in the evenings, after her lessons. The famously red-headed O'Hara has been noted for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude. She often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. Her autobiography, 'Tis Herself, was published in 2004 and was a New York Times Bestseller.
In August 2014 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected O'Hara to receive an Honorary Academy Award to be presented to her at the Governors Awards held on November 8, 2014 in Los Angeles. With this recognition O'Hara became the second actress, after Myrna Loy in 1991, to have received an Honorary Oscar for acting without ever having been nominated competitively.