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Funeral held for screen great actress Maureen O'Hara

By Ralph Riegel

John Wayne's family paid their respects at Maureen O'Hara's US funeral to honour one of Hollywood's most famous friendships.

John Wayne's daughter, Marisa, attended the Washington DC funeral of the 95-year-old screen star in tribute to the fact her father rated the Dublin-born star as not only one of his best friends but "the greatest actress of her era."

The duo starred together in numerous films, including The Quiet Man which was directed by their mutual friend, Irish-American director, John Ford.

Maureen, who died on October 24, yesterday fulfilled a vow she made some 37 years ago to be buried beside the love of her life, US aviator Charles Blair.

Maureen was left devastated by the deaths of Lt Col Blair and Wayne within just 12 months of each other.

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