October 24th 2015
Forgive me folks, but I have to go there…
If I tell you I stood for hours on this line in the photo you see, some of you will say “Girl, you’re crazy.” And some of you will say “Of course.” Because at the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival of 2014, the highlight of my entire trip was to see Maureen O’Hara.
See we don’t know what movies or celebrities TCM will present us when we buy our passes. But as the announcements started coming in, whem classic film
film fans heard the name Maureen O’Hara, you knew you hit the Lottery!! Ha! Probably like every leading man she ever had.
So I waited for hours on that line. And they finally let us in at El Capitan, and I make a bee line for my ( usual ) front row seats – held a few for friends. The crowd fills the auditorium. Packed. TCM shows a video tribute to her. She’s gloriously young and impossibly beautiful and wonderfully vibrant. She’s bigger than Life on the screen. FULL of life on that screen. The video gets great applause. And then Robert Osborne introduces her and Maureen O’Hara comes onto the stage to a rousing standing ovation. THE Maureen O’Hara. It’s HER. We’re looking at a Legend. She does a brief interview with Robert O, before we see one of the towering classics of classic film, John Ford’s “How Green Was My Valley” and one of her most enduring films.
I can only hope it registered on her heart and mind the love and respect the audience was showering her with that afternoon, and on the red carpet; clapping like mad for the movie memories she gave us. She was Fire. And she was Strength. And she was Heart and Soul and Love. She stood toe-to-toe against any man in movies. And any man who had her in a movie or for a movie knew he was getting a Woman.