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Honorary Oscar for screen queen Maureen O'Hara (94)

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Maureen O'Hara showcased her acting prowess when she picked up her Honorary Oscar on Saturday night.

The 94-year-old Irish actress was presented with her award by actors Clint Eastwood and Ballymena's Liam Neeson who described O'Hara as "one of the most adventurous women who has ever lived".

"What's this?" she exclaimed in faux disbelief as she was handed the statuette at the Academy of Motion Pictures Awards. "I only hope it's silver or gold and not like a spoon out of the kitchen."

During the course of her 75-year career, she starred in a number of iconic films including How Green Was My Valley, The Parent Trap and Miracle on 34th Street.

In her acceptance speech, O'Hara thanked John Wayne and filmmaker Charles Laughton. She also paid tribute to "that old divil himself" John Ford, who directed The Quiet Man.

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