Sunday, April 10, 2005

The Quiet Genealogy

I've been toping of late with one Maeve, a lady of a certain age with a lovely Irish brogue and a history of residences in exotic places like Saudi Arabia and a wardrobe that would choke a horse. She tells me she's related to Maureen O'Hara. It goes something like this: There were once two Mulvany sisters, Rose and Evangeline. Rose married a Mr. Bough and begat Patricia, Maeve's mother. Evangeline married a Mr. Burke and begat Imelda, Patricia's first cousin, and therefore Maeve's first cousin, once removed. Imelda married Maureen O'Hara's brother, Bart Fitzsimmons.

Maeve's ability to rattle off this genealogy may explain why she's such a whiz at Jeopardy. How so accomplished a woman ended up toping in a neighborhood bar is something she hasn't divulged. We're not on terms of such intimacy that I feel at liberty to ask. She did say that she's met Miss O'Hara at family gatherings, and the nosiest I could manage to be was to ask, "Did she tell you what Victor McLaglen was really like?"


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