Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Kiss Her She's Irish

Happy St Patrick's Day


From three of the most successful Irish actresses (not a lot of Irish actresses seem to make a massive silver screen mark) to hit Hollywood: fascinating Anjelica Huston, endearing Maureen O'Hara and the goddess Greer Garson.


Contemporary actresses of varying degrees of Irishness that must be kissed today: Kathy Bates, Fiona Shaw, Rose McGowan, Jennifer Connelly, Allyson Hannigan (Willow), Kristen Bell (Veronica), Heather Graham and Janeane Garofalo. Did I forget anyone? Hollywood likes Irish men much more. Too many to list!

To read previous posts on any of these actresses, click the labels below
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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mia (half-Irish) and her mother, Maureen O'Sullivan.

Catherine said...

Chalk me up as an Irishwoman who had no idea that half those actresses had green in their blood. Kristen Bell, really? I do think its a shame that there's so few legitimately Irish, genuinely talented actresses making a splash globally.

Anyway, I'm not a huge fan of St. Paddy's Day. Mainly because my city turns into an open bar/sewer/urinal, and it's disgusting. My plans for the day are super exciting - I'm doing bouts of laundry in between writing an essay on Henry James. Oh, joy!

Wow, how much of a curmudgeon do I sound? My apologies.

Tóg go bog é, FilmExperience!

John T said...

Yeah, I'll be kissing Colin Farrell instead today.

Jim T said...

Well, Saoirse Ronan is Irish (the kiss must be in the cheek for now) and though I'm an actressexual, I can't not state that Daniel Day-Lewis (when he was younger) is a must kiss.

Hayden said...

Or George Clooney.

18 Year Old Blogger said...

I spent a good minute looking at the picture of Maureen O' Hara. I couldn't tell if it was her or Rosemarie DeWitt.

NATHANIEL R said...

18 year old -- omg. wow. I had never noticed the resemblance but you're dead on. QUICK Hollywood: Maureen O'Hara, Queen of Technocolor a biopic starring Rosemarie DeWitt.

jimmy said...

isn't angela lansbury irish? i think she ived there for a while.

Paul Outlaw said...

Abigail Breslin, Dakota & Elle Fanning, Mischa Barton, Anne Hathaway, Lindsay Lohan, Drew Barrymore, Shannon Doherty, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jennifer Connelly, Heather Graham, Alyson Hannigan, Katherine Heigl, Rose McGowan, Bridget Monahan, Monica Potter, Joan Cusack, Lauren Graham, Kathy Griffin, Bonnie Hunt, Lucy Lawless, Rosie O'Donnell, Tatum O'Neal, Molly Shannon, Julia Sweeney, Maura Tierney, Kate Mulgrew, Kelly McGillis, Diane Keaton, MERYL STREEP...

billybil said...

I always assumed when I grew up I would BE Maureen O'Hara.

What are you gonna do when you got the temperment but not the looks?

Ah me...

Wayne B. said...

Nathaniel, I can't believe you forgot about the Scots-Irish Christina Ricci. Okay i don't know how mixed her Irish ancestry is but, hey, any reason to mention Ricci! :) Just found out she's getting married to the drink blender guy from "The House Bunny". :(

Sean said...

the term irish is being used very loosely for most of those women...

it is sad how rare an irish born and raised actress who speaks with an actual irish accent breaks hollywood.

the only ones i can think of are saoirse ronan, brenda fricker(my left foot) and the bolger sisters(in america).

the talent is clearly here! look at the male actors we have!

Anonymous said...

Sean, you seem to have forgotten about Roma Downey, who played the lead in the very successful series "Touched By An Angel" for nine years. Born and raised in Derry.

Not all THAT rare, considering that there are hundreds of thousands of women from all over the globe who compete for even a small role in a television series, only a small percent are Irish and and only a handful of the total ever get their own shows.