LIVE  ON-LINE CHAT WITH MAUREEN O'HARA
10-18-03
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We had a few little gliltches but  thanks to Karen Cooksley and everyone's patience and tenacity - we got through it.  One question got by me from Sandy Kemper (because I was so busy typing) but I addressed it later in the day in a separate phone call to Maureen.   I am particularly sorry for those whose schedule conflicted.  I did submit the questions you sent to Maureen later in the day.  I have removed the superfluous comments prior to and after the chat so we could cut the the proverbial "chase."  This is the time that I hear comments from people who did not attend because they already know everything there is to know about Maureen.  I can only say that they are doing better than I because I talk to her several times a week and have worked with her on the website for over 10 years and I still have questions.  This certainly isn't the perfect arena to address those long-time curioisities of our heroine - but's it's way better than anything else available at this time. Thanks again for your enthusiasm and support.

June Beck:               Can I have Joan's question again?

Joan Nowicki:           Hi Maureen.  Did you seal the agreement with John Ford to do TQM with one of those special
                               handshakes seen in the movies?  And please accept a great big thank-you our Gradh Ma Croidhe
                              for your wonderful work in the movies and for being you!

MO:                        The 1944 handshake agreement was made,  with a witness - a promise to make TQM but it took us until 1951
                               to get the financing to make the movie and that we got by making Rio Grande.  The head
                              of Republic financed TQM  - but then, of course, my agent and all the legal people in the business made a real
                              contract so we could make the TQM  - and  thank you for the gradh ma chroidhe.

June Beck:              Okay - how about you Trevor?

June Beck:              Meantime it occurs to me that you can all type your questions ahead of time...right?  Then they can just hit
                              send when I call on them.

Deborah Cote:         Dear Ms. O'Hara!  I have worshipped your movies all my life, and think you are the loveliest woman alive!
                              Which movie is your all time favorite,  not even counting the movies you were in.  But yours are my favorites!

MO:                       Well, you ask a silly question and you'll get a silly answer.  Of course it is TQM because we wanted to
                             make it for so many years and when we finally did get to make it and have it become a world classic.  But
                             there were others, Spencer's Mountain,  Parent Trap,  they were all top, top movies.... not just favorites of mine
                             but favorites of the world.

Linda Rohrig:         Miss O'Hara I cannot find the words to express how honored I am to be on line with you.  I have admired you all
                            my life.  Not just your great acting but who you are as a person.  God bless you. I loved "Cab to Canada".  It
                            was nice not having your character die in the end. Are you still interested in making more movies?  I can think
                            of  so  many characters I would love to see you play.

MO:                     Nice to meet you to.  I don't know if you know that my sister is an Irish Sister of Charity nun and she has just
                           retired from her work at a retirement home.   Anyway enough of that.  I am reading a script right now but it's full
                           of a lot of murder and I'm not sure about it - yes I'd work again if the right script comes along.   Why don't you
                           send June Beck your ideas and you could help us a lot by telling us what characters you think I should play?
                           Thanks

Pat Ray:             I am a nervous wreck. What an honor!  Thank you so much for your time Ms. O'Hara.  Question: How in the world
                         do you prepare for the memorization of your scripts for movies/tv?  Does it take months to learn? Do you prepare
                         for the shoots for the next day?  You are a marvel.  I just can't wait for your book.  May you live until 102!  And
                         make more movies - God Bless you!

MO:                  Just like you did in school; by sitting down with the book in front of you and study and study until you are word
                        perfect and then have somebody read with you until you know them vocally in your mind correct.  Sometimes when
                        it is just beautifully written and you learn it automatically. You prepare from the beginning - but you prepare extra
                        for the following day.  And the word "shoot" is a modern motion picture word - they didn't use it in my day.

Carrie Smith:     Hi, Maureen.  I've admired your work for as long as I can remember (I'm 23) and was lucky enough to see you in
                        the St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC in '99.  I was just wondering if you could share with us what you consider to
                        be your greatest accomplishment, and what 1 thing you would change about the world, if you could.

MO:                 Convincing God to let me still be alive at age 83 and I hope he lets me live to 102 because my mother-in-law lived to
                        be 102 and she was absolutely the most wonderful woman - tough and strong and I want to be able to say "Okay -
                        Grandma I made it" and be healthy and happy and God take care of me.    The one thing in the world I would
                        change the same as every mother with a son. peace...peace in the world and for people to respect each other and
                        respect each other's opinions...and lets have some peace because right now we have a chaotic word and peace
                        seems so far out on the horizon...

Deborah Cote: Hi, Ms. O' Hara, I'm Deb Cote from Albany, NY, age 50, and have loved all of your movies since I was a little kid.  I
                      think TQM is one of the most beautifully photographed movies I've ever seen .,  and I think, also, your other GREAT
                      film, How Green Was My Valley is also a great achievement in cinematography.  What is your favorite memory of
                      HGWMV?  And, once again, you are the MOST beautiful woman alive.

Carrie Smith:   Great question, Deb -- HGWMV is my all-time favorite movie

MO:              One of the great memories of making that was getting to know people like Roddy McDowall and his mother and
                    sister, and Anna Lee who played Bronwyn and also being able to work with Jon Ford - a very exciting thing for me to
                    do at that young age - I was just 20 years of age and to be able to do that was absolutely wonderful.

Deborah Cote: Oh, she did a veteran's job at age 20, all right!  Oh, what an actress!

Pat Ray:        Ms. O'Hara.  I was taught by the Sisters of Charity from Convent Station in New Jersey.  Almost entered
                    but chose the Sisters of Mercy of NJ instead.  Anyway, in "Parent Trap" while in Boston, your hair appeared
                    long and in scenes for CA.  You had that lovely bobbed haircut.  Did they actually cut your hair or did you
                   wear a wig?

MO:              The hair was cut for the movie - but my hair was long in the beginning but if we did any re-takes I would have had to
                    wear a hairpiece..... to make it look like it looked before they cut it.  Yes, my hair was long when I started the film and
                    it was cut.... and I still wear it short.

Sandy Kemper: Mrs. Blair ,  If you were a young woman today, would you be an actress again in today's conditions with immorality
                    and profanity on the screen? If so, how would you get around it?

MO:             There is only one way to get around it and that is to refuse to do it.  It's very simple - just say NO.  Yes, if I had to do
                    it  all over again, I'd not change.   God put the talent in my mind and in my heart - but I would have sung more - that's
                    what I would have changed.

Sandy Kemper: I am not surprised at  your answer, Mrs. Blair. I just wanted to hear you say it.

Pat Ray:        June, thanks for your time and efforts.  As always, you come through.  Your fingers are either tired or
                    getting very thin.  karen, this connection was fantastic. Both of you, raise you right arm over you head and give
                    yourself a pat on the back.

Trevor Pattenden: Hi Maureen, lovely to be able to talk with you .do you think that the time will come when you retire again? I
                    personally hope not as you’re my dream lady and the best actress ever. Do you think that if they'd made TQM to
                    day they would have made a sequel?

MO:             I hope they wouldn't dare to try to make a sequel to TQM because where would you find another John Wayne,
                   another Barry Fitzgerald?... so many of the sequels are terrible flops...not always..but most are.  You can't replace the
                   magic of the real film and I think the Quiet Man was magic. I guess I did retire once and time will retire me.  I'm getting
                   up there into that time where parts that I would play or could play are scarce - not many parts for old ladies.  I would
                   like to keep kicking around until God calls me.

Sandy Kemper: Mrs. Blair, when preparing for a role, how to you get into the character's head, especially if the character is
                   radically different from you and become that person. I know that it takes more than memorizing.

MO:             You don't "become" the person in any play in any play that you make - you "act" the person. You study how those
                    kind of people behave - what characteristics they have in every way - sound of voice in movement and look - you are
                    imitating what you think and who you think that person is or could be but you don't BECOME the character.

Comments upon closing the chat:

 MO:             I am sorry we didn't have more time to do this - one of these days we'll have a better system of doing this so that
                    people can ask questions and can an immediate answer without having to transcribe.

 Pat Ray:       Thanks June and Karen. This was so interesting - and a great priviledge.

Linda Rohrig: Thanks June and Karen. And especially to you Miss O'Hara. God has given you to us as a special gift. June this
                   requires no response, good afternoon, good evening to all

Joan Nowicki:  Bye Maureen, we love you and thanks girls.

Carrie Smith:     Thanks everyone -- this was a lot of fun!  And thanks to Maureen, without whom this would never have been
                        possible.

Sandy Kemper:  Thanks a lot, Mrs. Blair and I hope to meet you someday.

Trevor Pattenden: Thank you Karen & June for a wonderful experience, I never thought I’d ever get to ask mo a question.

Deborah Cote: Thanks so much for the honor of speaking to you, Ms. O'Hara!  You've made my year!

June Beck:     Your questions were great.

June Beck:     Thanks Karen - we did okay - now we've broken the ice.  Maureen is so great to do this.

June Beck:     It is too bad that we can do it in interview fashion with audio.

Karen Cooksley: Thanks to Maureen for being gracious enough to accommodate her fans and to June for all her work, and to the
                    rest of you for your participation.   You can certainly stay in here and chat as long as you want and, of course the
                    chat function is available anytime.  You saw how to get signed on and see who else was online and then you just
                    double-click on their name to send them an instant message.

Linda Rohrig: You and Karen are great for setting all this up.  Maybe we should take up a "collection" and get Ms. O'Hara a
                    computer.

Deborah Cote: Believe it or not, I was on a voice interview like this with Glenn Ford...and it worked great!  I wish I knew how to do it.
 

June Beck:  Thanks to all who participated.  I'll be getting the responses to the other question that were submitted by those who could not attend and tack them on to the end of this transcript.  JB



The following are questions asked by those who could not attend the chat and were submitted to Ms. O'Hara by me later in the day:
 

Karen Gilbert:          What is your favorite opera and what is your favorite aria?

MO:                        “Faust” and the Vissi d'arte from Tosca

Manfred:                   First, I pray that Maureen is in good health and spirits and will get a kick out of satisfying our
                               curiosities. Since we are all trying to keep alive the memories of our favorite performers like our
                               charming, classy Maureen - I wonder if Maureen finds time to look up fellow actors from the past to
                               see how they're doing. I realize there are so many. Also, did Maureen ever have a chance or desire to
                               work with director Michael Curtiz who also did some great swashbucklers.

MO:                        There are very few old friends left and even the ones that might be left, I don’t know where they are.

                                Curtiz: He was at a different studio than me so I never had the opportunity to work with him.

From Hisako:           Any special moments or memories from the time of making The Black Swan?

MO:                        I already knew and was great friends with Tyrone – but I really enjoyed getting to know Laird Cregar –
                               who is a wonderful person and a fine actor and died much too young – he was 28 or 30.

From Alison:           What movies in the past few years she has liked? Also what books does she like to read?

MO:                        One movie that I really liked was “Strictly Ballroom” – I haven’t seen a lot of the recent movies.  I like
                               to read poetry – any well written good book I love – “St. Agnes’ Stand” by Thomas Eidson is a well
                               written western.
 

Sandy Kemper:         Hi, Mrs. Blair. I feel privileged to be able to talk to you. I am most interested in your relationship with
                                God and your Catholic faith.  I was wondering if you could relate an instance in which God worked in a
                                powerful way in your life.  Also I was wondering if you preferred Latin Mass or the changes of Vatican
                                II.  Another question is are there any issues that you differ with from the official Catholic positions, like
                                abortion , celibacy of priests, or any other issue  that comes to mind. Thanks for your time .

MO:                         I am a Catholic and I follow my religion.