Photographer: The Douglas Brothers
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Happy 94th Birthday Maureen FitzSimons!
Born August 17, 1920
"Above all else, deep in my soul, I’m a tough Irishwoman.
Being an Irishwoman means many things to me. An Irishwoman is strong and feisty. She has guys and stands up for what she believes in. She believes she is the best at whatever she does and proceeds through life with that knowledge. She can face any hazard that life throws her way and stay with it until she wins. She is loyal to her kinsmen and accepting of others. She’s not above a sock in the jaw if you have it coming. She is only on her knees before God. Yes, I am most definitely an Irishwoman.
My heritage has been grounding, and it has brought me peace. Being tough and strong have always been my most dominant characteristics, like a fire that burns deep within me. I have always believed that I can do anything I set my mind to, as long as I’m willing to make the necessary sacrifices. I have called upon this fire to achieve my goals and survive whenever I felt my world come crashing down around me. In this way, I am like many of the women I’ve played on-screen.”
- Maureen O’Hara
Rooms on Fire is about me. Rooms on Fire is about ~ um ~ a girl who is a rock’n’roll star who has pretty much accepted the fact that she will never ever be able to be married or have those children that she wanted or the husband that she wanted or that deep, deep love that she wanted and she’s accepted it.
And then one night at one of those everlasting parties that we all have to go to that we really don’t want to go to, and we go make an appearance and leave as quickly as possible ~ um ~ a man comes into the room and there is a certain sort of a ~ see I don’t see very well so I have a sixth sense that there is an eye contact thing that even though I can’t see him very well I feel something and I close my eyes for a second and he walks over to me and I look up and he’s there. And he asks me to dance, and we end up getting married and I end up having a little baby girl and we live together for twenty ~ twenty-five years and the sad thing is that I waited for him all my life and then he dies before me and I wait for him for the rest of my life and he comes back after I am very, very old and gets me. And takes me with him back to where ever he comes from.