Hollywood Current Affairs - 2020

Renowned Hollywood actress Maureen O’Hara passes away

Renowned Irish-American actress and singer Maureen O’Hara passed away in Boise, US. She was 95.

She was one of the last living stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood of the 1940s and 1950s. She was known for playing fiercely passionate but sensible heroines roles.

About Maureen O’Hara

  • O’Hara was born in 1920 in Dublin in then United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (present Ireland).
  • Acting career: She started her career in 1939 after she was brought to Hollywood by legendary actor Charles Laughton.
  • Her first film was The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939). Since then she had she had starred in more than 60 films.
  • She also had acted in How Green Was My Valley (1941) which had won five Oscars including best picture and best director for John Ford.
  • She was famously known as the queen of Technicolor in the film industry due to her red hair and green eyes.
  • Airline Business: After retiring from acting career in 1970s, she successfully ran an airline business with her aviator husband Charles Blair. After her husband’s death she became first woman in US history to head a scheduled commercial airline.
  • Autobiography: Tis Herself (published in 2004).
  • Awards: Though she was never nominated for a competitive Academy Award, but in 2014 she was presented with an Honorary Academy (an honorary Oscar).
  • She is only the second actress to receive an Academy Award for acting without having been nominated previously after Myrna Loy.

James Horner, Oscar-winning Titanic composer passes away

James Horner, the two-time Oscar-winning composer died in plane crash in California, United States. He was 61.

In 1997, Horner had won two Oscars (Academy Awards)  for best original score and along with original song win for Celin Dion sung My Heart Will Go On in one of the biggest Hollywood hits movie Titanic directed by James Cameron.

About James Horner

  • James Horner was born on 14 August 1953 in Los Angeles, United States.
  • He was an accomplished concert hall composer and later had moved into writing film scores.
  • His debut film score was for film The Lady in Red (1979). Till date he has 95 soundtrack and 158 composes to his credits which includes music of over 100 films.
  • His first major movie score in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) film and had uncredited acting appearance in same film.
  • He also had composed for the Avatar (£4.2 billion) and Titanic (£3.2 billion) both are highest-grossing films of all time.
  • Awards: 2 Oscars won for Titanic and was nominated for 8 other. He also had won 2 Golden Globe Awards, 3 Satellite Awards, 3 Saturn Awards and was nominated for 3 British Academy Film Awards.