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Maureen O' Hara, the 'only leading lady big enough and tough enough for John Wayne,' dies at 95

Maureen O' Hara, the 'only leading lady big enough and tough enough for John Wayne,' dies at 95

Irish-born actress Maureen O’Hara was one of the biggest stars in films of the 1940s and ’50s, an era when it was common for leading ladies to be domineered by male heroes.

But not the fiery O’Hara. She more than held her own in her most heralded roles, even against as forceful a presence as John Wayne, with whom she made five films including the classic “The Quiet Man.”

“I was the only leading lady big enough and tough enough for John Wayne,” she wrote in her 2004 memoir, “'Tis Herself.”

“Duke's presence was so strong that when audiences saw him finally meet a woman of equal hell and fire, it was exciting and...

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