biographyBorn Alice Jones in Edinburgh, Scotland, on January 3, 1941, knockout redhead actress Quinn O'Hara grew up in Scotland and later Quebec. In the late 1950s she and her mother relocated to southern California, where the gorgeous teenager was quickly noticed. Encouraged to enter the 'Miss Lakewood' beauty contest, O'Hara had to decline due to her foreign birth; however, she was named Miss Scotland of 1960 by The Royal Order of the Scottish Clans, becoming the first Miss Scotland although there was no actual contest at the time.
LEFT: Quinn O'Hara with her dog Killer in a 1966 portrait. RIGHT: A 1963 ad for a dietary supplement featuring Quinn O'Hara
O'Hara got into show business by working in commercials, and while still a teenager landed a small role in the Paramount comedy The Errand Boy (1961; with Jerry Lewis and Brian Donlevy). The following year she was cast in the Vic Damone summer series The Lively Ones (1962-1963). Later, she landed more roles in the comedies The Patsy (1964; with Jerry Lewis and Phil Harris) and Good Neighbor Sam (1964; with Jack Lemmon and Romy Schneider). O'Hara also found lots of work in television, appearing on such popular programs as Burke's Law and The Beverly Hillbillies. All this exposure paid off in 1965, when she was cast in a starring role in the beach-party-inspired comedy A Swingin' Summer (1965; with James Stacy and William Wellman Jr.) and garnered rave reviews for her performance. O'Hara followed up on her success in A Swingin' Summer with a hilarious role as Basil Rathbone's murderous daughter Sinistra in AIP's The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966; with Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, and Aron Kincaid). Later in the decade she went on to other starring roles in In the Year 2889 (1967; with Paul Petersen), Prelude (1968; with John Astin), and Rubia's Jungle (1970; with Milton Irons), while working in television and doing stage work in the U.S. and in Britain.
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The Lively Ones (1962-1963 TV Series)
Images from the summer replacement TV series The Lively Ones. LEFT: With castmate Gloria Neil on a minesweeper. CENTER and RIGHT: With host Vic Damone and Gloria Neil.
Burke's Law (1963-1966 ABC TV Series)
From a first-season episode of Burke's Law titled Who Killed Jason Shaw, which originally aired on January 3, 1964. LEFT: Quinn O'Hara as Lois with co-star Keenan Wynn. RIGHT: With Keenan Wynn, Gary Conway, and Gene Barry
The Rogues (1964-1965 NBC TV Series)
From The Rogues, episode Death of a Fleming, which originally aired October 25, 1964. O'Hara is pictured with series star Charles Boyer
The John Forsythe Show (1965-1966 NBC TV Series)
From The John Forsythe Show, episode On an Island with You and You and You, which originally aired on March 14, 1966. Pictured are Sheila James Kuehl, Quinn O'Hara, Jeanne Bal, and John Forsythe
A Swingin' Summer (1965)
From the independent beach film A Swingin' Summer, shot at Lake Arrowhead. LEFT: On the set with Quinn O'Hara and singer Donnie Brooks. CENTER A and B: Dancing with actor/writer Michael Blodgett, who served as choreographer for this film. CENTER C: With Martin West. LEFT: With William Wellman Jr.
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966)
From American International's final beach party film The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini. LEFT: O'Hara as the seductive but deadly Sinistra. CENTER A: Behind the scenes photo with director Don Weis and co-star Aron Kincaid. CENTER B: Quinn O'Hara attempts to poison Aron Kincaid. RIGHT: With Ed Garner, Aron Kincaid, and Basil Rathbone
The Saint (1962-1969 ITV/NBC TV Series)
O'Hara guest-starred on the Roger Moore series The Saint, episode Interlude in Venice, which originally aired on October 7, 1966. Also pictured is Lois Maxwell
In the Year 2889 (1967)
With Neil Fletcher and Hugh Feagin in the American International science fiction flick In the Year 2889
With John Astin in a behind-the-scenes photo from the Oscar-nominated short Prelude, directed by and starring John Astin. Quinn O'Hara portrayed Astin's malcontent wife
Rubia's Jungle (1970)
quinn o'hara todayAfter appearing in Cry of the Banshee (1970; with Vincent Price) and starring in Rubia's Jungle (1970), Quinn O'Hara walked away from her film career due to her disappointment in what film producers were looking for---actresses who would do gratuitous nude scenes. After traveling to Africa, then touring Italy, and residing in England for several years, she returned to Hollywood in the late 1970s to resume her acting career but found parts to be scarce. O'Hara went into real estate and later made nursing her career. Today, she happily balances both her current and former professions, working as a nurse while getting back into acting. Her latest role is in the yet-to-be-released film Me, Miami, and Nancy with Ringo Starr, Steven Tyler, and Cloris Leachman, which lensed in 2004. When it comes to watching films, Quinn O'Hara is a comedy fan and loves the musicals Chicago (2002) and Moulin Rouge (2001). She considers Mel Gibson and Denzel Washington as actors "you can bet on" to deliver excellent performances, and she praises the work of Salma Hayek in Frida (2002) and Virginia Madsen in Sideways (2004).
For more information on Quinn O'Hara today, see The Official Quinn O'Hara Web Site at www.quinnohara.com.
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Me, Miami, and Nancy (2004) with Ringo Starr, Steven Tyler, and Cloris Leachman
The Teacher (1974) with Angel Tompkins and Jay North
Rubia's Jungle (1970) with Adrian Brine and Milton Irons
The Trouble with Women (1970) with Burt Reynolds, Robert Fuller, and Laurence Luckinbill
Cry of the Banshee (1970) with Vincent Price, Robert Hutton, Hugh Griffith, and Sally Geeson
Prelude (1968) with John Astin
In the Year 2889 (1967) with Paul Petersen, Charla Doherty, and Bill Thurman; directed by Larry Buchanan
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966) with Tommy Kirk, Deborah Walley, Aron Kincaid, Jesse White, Harvey Lembeck, Nancy Sinatra, Francis X. Bushman, Basil Rathbone, Patsy Kelly, Boris Karloff, and Susan Hart
A Swingin' Summer (1965) with James Stacy, Lori Williams, William Wellman Jr., Martin West, Mary Mitchel, Raquel Welch, and Allan Jones
The Patsy (1964) with Jerry Lewis, Phil Harris, Keenan Wynn, Peter Lorre, John Carradine, Hans Conried, Richard Deacon, Scatman Crothers, Del Moore, Neil Hamilton, and Nancy Kulp
Good Neighbor Sam (1964) with Jack Lemmon, Romy Schneider, Dorothy Provine, Mike Connors, Edward Andrews, Louis Nye, Robert Q. Lewis, Joyce Jameson, and Neil Hamilton
Who's Minding the Store? (1963) with Jerry Lewis, Jill St. John, Ray Walston, John McGiver, Agnes Moorehead, Nancy Kulp, Kathleen Freeman, Milton Frome, and Mary Treen
The Errand Boy (1961) with Jerry Lewis, Brian Donlevy, Dick Wesson, Kathleen Freeman, and Doodles Weaver
The Lively Ones, 1962-1963 summer replacement TV series hosted by Vic Damone
ELEVISION GUEST APPERANCES
CHiPs, episode Drive, Lady, Drive: Part 2, originally aired November 10, 1979
One Day at a Time, episode The Race Driver: Part 1, originally aired January 3, 1978
UFO, episode Ordeal, originally aired April 14, 1971
The Smith Family, episode All the Good Neighbors, originally aired February 17, 1971
Dragnet, episode The Suicide Attempt, originally aired February 29, 1968
The Saint, episode Interlude in Venice, originally aired October 7, 1966
My Three Sons, episode Charley, the Pigeon, originally aired December 25, 1965
Run for Your Life, episode The Savage Season, originally aired November 8, 1965
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed the Card?, May 5, 1965
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed the Strangler?, originally aired January 6, 1965
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Lenore Wingfield?, originally aired November 4, 1964
The Rogues, episode Death of a Fleming, originally aired October 25, 1964
Kraft Suspense Theatre, episode A Lion Amongst Men, originally aired October 22, 1964
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, episode A Case of Armed Robbery, originally aired April 3, 1964
The Beverly Hillbillies, episode Granny Versus the Weather Bureau, originally aired March 25, 1964
Burke's Law, episode Who Killed Jason Shaw?, originally aired January 3, 1964
Arrest and Trial, episode The Witnesses, originally aired November 3, 1963
General Electric Theater, episode A Very Special Girl, originally aired March 11, 1962
quinn o'hara linksThe Official Quinn O'Hara Web Site
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