O'Hara's film career began in 1938 after she was discovered by screen legend Charles Laughton. Among her most famous films are the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Jamaica Inn" (1939), 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1939), "How Green Was My Valley" (1941), "Rio Grande" (1950), "The Quiet Man" (1952), and — opposite the late John Candy — "Only the Lonely" (1991).
O'Hara is perhaps best-known for her roles in the holiday classic "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) and as a divorcée tricked into reuniting with her ex by her meddling kids in the original "The Parent Trap" (1961).
Glamorous O'Hara at the height of her stardom [Credit: Hulton/Getty Images]
O'Hara in 2014 [Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images]
The family noted O'Hara's movie career and her life's work, writing, "Her characters were feisty and fearless, just as she was in real life. She was also proudly Irish and spent her entire lifetime sharing her heritage and the wonderful culture of the Emerald Isle with the world."
O'Hara, a private woman, emerged last year to accept an honorary Oscar, given to her by Clint Eastwood and Liam Neeson, and to attend the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival. At that time, she granted a rare interview to TCM host Robert Osborne:
News of O'Hara's passing comes just a month after her 35-acre Cork, Ireland, estate was sold for approximately $1.2 million.