Maureen O’Hara, who died in her sleep Saturday at 95, was so striking on color film when it was just being introduced that the accomplished actress picked up the name “Queen of Technicolor.”

It stuck, even though it did little to highlight exactly what made the woman magnetic on screen. Her red hair and green eyes went hand in hand with a charisma — usually referred to as feisty and characteristically Irish— that underpinned many of her performances.

Women’s appearances are obviously repeatedly judged by impossible standards, but for the love of symmetry, look at her.


The “Queen of Technicolor” didn’t look too bad in black and white. Pictured here in 1950.

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‘Queen of Technicolor’ Maureen O’Hara dies at 95