On August 28th,it was announced that Maureen O'Hara, who turned 94 on August 17th of this year, would receive an Honorary Oscar at the Governor's Awards. The ceremony was held Saturday, November 8th, in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood.
The presenters of this first Oscar of the season were Clint Eastwood and Liam Neeson.
Eastwood described her as the "ultimate Irish lass" and the first real movie star he ever met.
Neeson said she was "one of the true legends of cinema" and "one of the most adventurous women who ever lived" as she was a pioneer in doing her own stunts.
In her acceptance speech, O'Hara thanked the three men who made her career: actors Charles Laughton, John Wayne, and director John Ford.
"Happy we finally got an Oscar. I's also like to say thank you to all my fans who have been so kind to me over the years and truly made this night possible.
"Thank you with all my heart. I'll leave you with an old Irish saying. May the road rise to meet you. The wind be always at your back. And, may the sunshine warm thee on your face. Good night."
She also sang the Irish tune "Danny Boy."
She is the second actress, after Myrna Loy (in 1991), to receive and honorary Oscar without ever having been nominated previously - IMDb
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On finding out about getting an Honorary Oscar.
Announcement of Honorary Oscar recipients.
The Quiet Man (1952) - John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald, Victor McLaglen, Ward Bond
Typical reaction to seeing Maureen O'Hara for the first time
Rio Grande (1950) - John Wayne, Claude Jarman Jr., Victor McLaglen, the Sons of the Pioneers
McLintock! (1963) - John Wayne, Patrick Wayne, Stephanie Powers, Yvonne de Carlo, Chill Wills
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Natalie Wood
The Parent Trap (1961) - Hayley Mills, Brian Keith, Joanna Barnes, Una Merkel
Celebrating her birthday on set with co-star Haley Mill and director David Swift