A Blast from the Past!

The following information are excerpts from a 1959
fan club journal with the category title....
Very Latest Data Concerning Maureen
These are actual excerpts from newspapers of that time
(I will add to these first postings as time permits)
O'Hara's Gams Rated Tops - New York  March 8, 1959 - The National
Association of Hosiery Manufacturers Saturday put actress Maureen O'Hara at the top of its 1959 list of 10 women with the most beautiful legs in America.  Miss O'Hara and nine others will receive "Gold Stocking Awards" at ceremonies Wednesday as a preliminary to National Colored Hosiery Week, which begins March 16th.  The others are: actresses Jayne Meadows, June Havaoc and Bess Myerson; television star Maggi McNellis; singers Theresa Brewer, Delores Wilson and Abble Lane, socialite Priscilla Alden and former model, Candy Jones.      
4/1/59 - N.Y. Daily News - A photo of Maureen appeared saying, "Maureen O'hara, actress, movie star and beauty, models a cool $500,00 in cut emeralds at the Hotel Astor yesterday.  Unfortunately, Maureen, who doesn't need gilding, didn't get to keep them.  Next to diamonds, emeralds are a girl's best friends."
4/5/59 - Sunday News - A photo of Maureen talking over old times.  It said, "Betty Grable and Maureen O'Hara have lively conversation backstage at the Latin Quarter following Betty's night club opening.  It was the fsirst time that Betty appeared in New York since her big-time break in  DuBarry Was a Lady, 18 years ago.

Other newspaper carried this photo saying, "Betty Grable, blonde pin-up queen of the 1940's chats with Maureen O'Hara after opening a revue for which she came out of retirement.
 

5/20/59 - London's Daily Mirror - by John Rolls - A photo of Maureen and Jo Morrow appeared.  Column followed:  <>Our Man in Havana has moved his headquarters from Cuba to Shepperton studios.  Our man, being, of course, Sir Alex Guinness, who plays the vacuum cleaner salesman and part-time spy Jim Wormold in this L500,00 film just being made.  So I went down to the Shepperton to see how some of the stars were settling in after their five weeks in Havana.  I found Shepperton as jittery as Havana in the middle of a revolution.There were half-open crates marked "Cuba" everywhere.  One and a half tons of Cuban costumes, uniforms and props, as well as one complete film set were flown in. Director Sir Carol Reed had ordered filming to begin immediately.  The studio staff were frantically sorting things out. A film unit Press officer pleaded: "Don't say too much to Sir Alec, he's had no lunch.  He's gone straight to his dressing room to swot up his lines."  Sir Carol snatched a sandwich for his lunch.  Jo Morrow was in much of the same tizzy as everybody else.  "I daren't be late on the set," she exclaimed.  But Jo stopped long enough to tell me that she met Fidel Castro, the revolutionary leader, when she was in Havana.  "He wanted to know the number of my hotel room so that he could send me flowers," she said, "but I never got them."  I found Maureen O'Hara in the hairdresser's chair waiting for make-up tests.  She seemed the only person who was calm and relaxed. She said, "I'm not filming today - my only trouble is that I've only got one room in my London hotel and I cannot possibly use it for entertaining.  I'm desperately looking for a flat."  It was rather nice to get back to the comparative calm of a newspaper office.   
 
Fan Club Journal Category: Can You Help the Following Members? Your Prexy (fan club president) "The June Photoplay READERS INC. section mentioned a gal named June Parker from Dixon, Illinois who gave our gal Maureen a plug in her letter found in this section. Do any of you Illinois members know where this city is located and the complete address of June?......." These journals were acquired in 1993 from the surviving family members of the late John Kolcun, the club president.  This entry appeared in a journal which I stumbled on while randomly paging through them.  This is my maiden name.  I was totally shocked.  I never belonged to any fan club in the 50's nor did I remember writing any such letter.  I would have been in my early 20's at that time.  I did seek out the old edition of Photoplay and found the letter, and it was indeed submitted by me. An ironic situation that this particular journal would find its way into my hands 38 years after the fact. Shades of the "Twilight Zone."