Maureen FitzSimons was a pretty redheaded tomboy. She sang and acted on Irish radio through her teens. Her parents made sure she spent most of her time studying bookkeeping & stenography. At 17, she landed a tiny role in her 1st film, The Playboy. Strikingly beautiful and a natural in front of the cameras, she was almost immediately offered her first leading role, opposite Charles Laughton in Hitchcock's Jamaica Inn. Laughton suggested her stage name, and she became Maureen O'Hara.