St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and while I’m not Irish (German background) I never say no to a Guinness and a cheers with friends on this day. Since we cannot do this on the blog I thought it might be fun to check out some images of some lovely Irish actresses from the 1940’s and 50’s together (feel free to have a beer while reading).

First up..

Maureen O’Hara

Born August 17th, 1920 in Dublin Ireland, she is noted for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude. Movie highlights include: The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Miracle on 34th Street, plus many more. An icon of Hollywood’s Golden Age, at the height of her career, O’Hara was considered one of the world’s most beautiful women. She is often remembered for her onscreen chemistry with John Wayne. They made five films together between 1948 and 1972: Rio GrandeThe Quiet ManThe Wings of EaglesMcLintock! and Big Jake  (Source: Wikipedia).

Maureen O'Hara

Maureen OHara

Maureen O’Sullivan

Born May 17th, 1911 in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland. Maureen was an Irish actress best known for playing Jane in the Tarzan series of films.

Maureen OSullivan

Maureen OSullivan Tarzan

Angela Greene

Actress Angela Greene was born on February 24, 1921 in Dublin, Ireland. She is best known for playing leads in B pictures including the films Hollywood Canteen (1944) and Mildred Pierce (1945), and also appeared in dozens of TV shows. During World War II, she became a popular World War II pin-up girl and her bikini-clad image graced the nose of the US bomber Skipper 2, which flew 25 missions over North Africa and Europe. She dated naval lieutenant John F. Kennedy before marrying businessman Stuart Martin in 1946.

Angela Greene 1940s

US bomber skipper 2

Constance Smith

Born February 7th, 1929 in Limerick, Ireland, Constance was an Irish film actress, and contract player of 20th Century Fox in the 1950s. She starred in two dozen films during the 1940’s and 1950’s, including films like Treasure of the Golden CondorTaxi and Man in the Attic.

Constance Smith


Do you have any Ireland born screen actresses to add to this list?

Happy St. Patricks day!


10 comments on “Irish Movie Actresses of the 1940s and 1950s”

    • Constance Smith AND Angela Greene were the two actresses I have never heard of personally. I really like Angela Greenes story about being on the plane, that was my favorite discovery

  1. I feel dumb as I’ve never even thought about these actesses being Irish! You’d think their last names would’ve been a dead giveaway….

    Anywho I love Maureen O’Hara, I think she was in the in the Quiet Man, I used to watch that movie with my Grama when I was a kid.

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