from the trailer for Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
|Born||Dorothy Hackett McGuire
June 14, 1918
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Died||September 14, 2001
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death
|Cremated, Ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean|
(m.1943-1979; his death)
Life and career
After her father's death, McGuire attended a convent school in Indianapolis, Indiana. She later attended Pine Manor Junior College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, serving as president of that school's drama club. She graduated from Pine Manor when she was 19.
McGuire was a member of the casts of Big Sister (playing Sue Evans) and Joyce Jordan, M.D.. She also appeared in This Is My Best (Miracle in the Rain), Screen Directors Playhouse (The Spiral Staircase) and in Theatre Guild on the Air (Hamlet A Doll's House, Our Town).
Brought to Hollywood by producer David O. Selznick (who called her "a born actress") on the strength of her stage performance, McGuire starred in her first film, a movie adaptation of her Broadway success, Claudia, and portrayed the character of a child bride who almost destroys her marriage through her selfishness. Her inaugural screen performance was popular with both the public and critics alike and was the catalyst for not only a sequel, Claudia and David (both movies co-starring Robert Young), but also for numerous other film roles.
By 1945, at the age of 29, she was already playing mother roles, in such movies as A Tree Grows In Brooklyn. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1947 for Gentleman's Agreement. Other notable films include Till the End of Time, The Enchanted Cottage, A Summer Place, Three Coins in the Fountain, Friendly Persuasion, Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.
McGuire had a long Hollywood career. Her versatility served her well in taut melodramas, such as The Spiral Staircase and Make Haste to Live, as well as in light, frothy comedies, such as Mother Didn't Tell Me and Mister 880.
Personal life and death
For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Dorothy McGuire has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.
|1944||Reward Unlimited||Peggy||Short film|
|1945||Enchanted Cottage, TheThe Enchanted Cottage||Laura Pennington|
|1945||Tree Grows in Brooklyn, AA Tree Grows in Brooklyn||Katie Nolan|
|1945||Spiral Staircase, TheThe Spiral Staircase||Helen Capel|
|1946||Claudia and David||Claudia Naughton|
|1946||Till the End of Time||Pat Ruscomb|
|1947||Gentleman's Agreement||Kathy Lacy||Academy Award nomination for Best Actress|
|1950||Mother Didn't Tell Me||Jane Morgan|
|1950||Mister 880||Ann Winslow|
|1951||Robert Montgomery Presents||Judith Traherne||Episode: "Dark Victory"|
|1951||Callaway Went Thataway||Deborah Patterson|
|1951||I Want You||Nancy Greer|
|1952||Invitation||Ellen Bowker Pierce|
|1954||Make Haste to Live||Crystal Benson|
|1954||Three Coins in the Fountain||Miss Frances|
|1954||United States Steel Hour, TheThe United States Steel Hour||Tina||Episode: "A Garden in the Sea"|
|1954||Lux Video Theatre||Jody Norris||Episode: "To Each His Own"|
|1954||Best of Broadway, TheThe Best of Broadway||Tracy Lord||Episode: "The Philadelphia Story"|
|1954||Climax!||Janet Spence||Episode: "The Gioconda Smile"|
|1954||What's My Line||Herself (Celebrity Mystery Guest)|
|1956||Climax!||Miranda||Episode: "Pale Horse, Pale Rider"|
|1956||Friendly Persuasion||Eliza Birdwell|
|1957||Old Yeller||Katie Coates|
|1959||Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, TheThe Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker||Mrs. Emily 'Ma' Pennypacker|
|1959||This Earth Is Mine||Martha Fairon|
|1959||Summer Place, AA Summer Place||Sylvia Hunter|
|1960||Dark at the Top of the Stairs, TheThe Dark at the Top of the Stairs||Cora Flood|
|1960||Swiss Family Robinson||Mother Robinson|
|1961||Susan Slade||Leah Slade|
|1963||Summer Magic||Margaret Carey|
|1964||Red Skelton Hour, TheThe Red Skelton Hour||Guest Vocalist||Episode: "A Man and His Money Are Soon Parted"|
|1965||Greatest Story Ever Told, TheThe Greatest Story Ever Told||The Virgin Mary|
|1971||Flight of the Doves||Granny O'Flaherty|
|1972||Another Part of the Forest||Lavinia Hubbard||TV movie|
|1972||She Waits||Sarah Wilson||TV movie|
|1973||Jonathan Livingston Seagull||Mother (voice)|
|1976||Rich Man, Poor Man||Mary Jordache||7 episodes|
|1978||Little Women||Marmee March|
|1979||Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel, TheThe Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel||Effie Webb||TV movie|
|1982||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Hanna Hamilton||1 episode|
|1983||Ghost Dancing||Sarah Bowman||TV movie|
|1983||Fantasy Island||Joan Mallory||Episode: "Three's a Crowd/Second Time Around"|
|1984||Love Boat, TheThe Love Boat||Sarah Webster||1 episode|
|1984||Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless||Cora Miller||TV series|
|1985||Hotel||Mrs. Christopher||Episode: "Skeletons"|
|1985||Amos||Hester Farrell||TV movie|
|1985||Glitter||The Matriarch||Episode: "The Matriarch"|
|1985||Between the Darkness and the Dawn||Beryl Foster||TV movie|
|1986||St. Elsewhere||Augusta Endicott||3 episodes|
|1986||American Geisha||Ann Suzuki||TV movie|
|1986||Highway to Heaven||Jane Thompson||Episode: "Keep Smiling"|
|1987||Summer Heat||Narrator (voice)|
|1988||Highway to Heaven||Jane Thompson||Episode: "We Have Forever: Part 1"
Episode: "We Have Forever: Part 2"
|1988||I Never Sang for My Father||Margaret Garrison|
|1990||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Flora Atkins||Episode: "Caroline?"|
|1990||Last Best Year, TheThe Last Best Year||Anne||TV movie|
- Katz, Ephraim (1979). The Film Encyclopedia: The Most Comprehensive Encyclopedia of World Cinema in a Single Volume. Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-50601-2. Pp. 755-756.
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- "What's Playing?" (PDF). Radio Life. December 10, 1944. p. 25. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
- Dunning, John. (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. Pp.86, 376, 600, 662.
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- Johnson, Erskine (May 18, 1943). "Hollywood Column". The Escanaba Daily Press. p. 2. Retrieved May 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Gets Distaff Lead". The Times Recorder. October 3, 1971. p. 8. Retrieved May 6, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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- Dorothy McGuire at the Internet Movie Database
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- Dorothy McGuire appears on What's My Line July 25, 1954