|Birth: ||1886, Canada|
Actress, she performed on stage under the name Patricia Quinn O'Hara in "Kiss Them for Me" (1945) and "Quadrille" (1954).
She was the wife of playwright, singer and actor, Fiske O'Hara.
The following is an excerpt from a 1907 newspaper article:
Marie Quinn was from Toronto Canada and had been on the stage since six years of age. Her most- pronounced hit was made as "Madge" in "In Old Kentucky," this being the leading feminine role of the piece (apparently she was the leading female actress with the Fiske O'Hara company). According to the article, Fiske O'Hara and Marie Quinn were to marry in New York at the end of the 1907 season. Their honeymoon was spent mainly in Ireland from which both came (this tells me that she was possibly born in Ireland and not Canada) and the land where their hearts lie. She is described in the article as follows:
"Miss Quinn is a pretty young woman of twenty summers, rather coy and demure and modestly retiring with winsome charm of manner. She is of the Maude Adams type and a very sweet girl who has lost none of her native refinement and charm through her long association with the stage."
Fiske O'Hara gave a struggling young actress a chance to tailor plays and eventually write whole plays that he produced. Her name was Anna Nichols and later became Anne Nichols after she wrote and successfully produced the play "Abie's Irish Rose" on Broadway. The following is an excerpt from an article called "Runaway School Girl Conquers Broadway" that appeared in the Milwaukee Sentinel on September 2, 1923:
Came seasons in stock – I did manage to scale the heights to a leading woman. At last one season my husband and I got an engagement with Fiske O'Hara in "Kilkenny." My husband was a juvenile and suddenly the thought came that some of those fine lines I was always imagining for my stories might augment his part into a good one. So nightly, we began to seed them into it and behaved like a baby on a health food. It got so fat that Mr. O'Hara noticed and remarked that I may as well write a whole play as one part. That seemed too wonderful to be possible and I doubt if I should ever have had the courage had not another actress entered the company. Adelaide Matthews it was, and to her I confessed my whole wild ambition, only to find she had a duplicate one. So, together, we worked out a play, doing the work every chance we got between cues; on trains; while we made up; any time and any place. Fondly, we called it when finished "Heart's Desire." And, it was more than that to me for Mr. O"Hara took it for production and then I knew that at least I had found my way into my own field.
I worked from that time on in a mad fever of energy. I didn't dare give up trouping, but I dashed off play after play. Dozens of them never got beyond my own wastebasket, but Mr. O'Hara ordered one a year and so, one after the other I had produced "The Man From Wicklow"; "The Happy Cavalier"; "The Land of Romance"; "Down Limerick Way" and "Seven Miles to Arden." They were all successful in a small way, but it wasn't until I wrote "Just A Little Bit Old Fashioned" that I knew I had Euripedes leashed to a tormentor entrance I had written the play primarily for the road but they booked it at one week in Chicago and it went in there and played all summer. That blessed play made me royalties for 82 weeks and, I suppose, I shall never feel so Napoleonic again.
Anne Nichols had stated in another newspaper that she was eating dinner with Mr. O'Hara and his wife whenever Mr. O'Hara told a true story about an Irish/ Jewish marriage that gave her the inspiration for "Abie's Irish Rose." Anne remained friends with the O'Haras and Mrs. O'Hara was very supportive of her near the end of her life. According to a letter that Charles Stinson (Anne Nichol's nephew) wrote to his parents describing Anne Nichol's death in September of 1966:
"I must say a word about Pat O'Hara. Cutey. A very sweet and yet iron-strong little person. Her tears ran rather freely at the funeral home and again at graveside. But, in all, she's been marvelous. At 80, she's a tower of strength and common sense. I don't know what Anne would have done without her. I don't know what I would have done without her either. She took personal charge of all the innumerable details and red tape involved in the Fund's (Actor's Fund) offices. She'll probably be writing to you in a few days---after she rests up. This has hit her pretty hard too..."
Fiske O'Hara (1878 - 1945)
New York, USA
Plot: Actors' Fund
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Originally Created by: Ginny M
Record added: Jul 18, 2005
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