Publicity photo of McGuire, 1940s.
Dorothy Hackett McGuire|
June 14, 1916
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
September 13, 2001 (aged 85)|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cardiac arrest|
|Resting place||Cremated remains scattered into the Pacific Ocean|
|Other names||Dorothy McGuire Swope|
John Swope |
(m.1943–1979; his death)
Dorothy Hackett McGuire (June 14, 1916 – September 13, 2001) was an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Gentleman's Agreement (1947) and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Actress for Friendly Persuasion (1956).
Life and career
After her father's death, McGuire attended a convent school in Indianapolis, Indiana. She later attended Pine Manor Junior College in Chestnut Hill, 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 cast 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 Claudia, a movie adaptation of her Broadway success, portraying a child bride who almost destroys her marriage through her selfishness. Her screen performance was popular with both the public and critics, and it was the catalyst for a sequel titled Claudia and David and other film roles.
By 1945, at age 29, she played the mother in 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
McGuire died of cardiac arrest on Thursday, September 13, 2001 following a brief illness at the age of 85.
|1944||Reward Unlimited||Peggy Adams||Short film for the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps|
|1945||The Enchanted Cottage||Laura Pennington|
|1945||A Tree Grows in Brooklyn||Katie Nolan|
|1945||The 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||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|
|1956||Friendly Persuasion||Eliza Birdwell|
|1957||Old Yeller||Katie Coates|
|1959||The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker||Mrs. Emily 'Ma' Pennypacker|
|1959||This Earth Is Mine||Martha Fairon|
|1959||A Summer Place||Sylvia Hunter|
|1960||The 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|
|1965||The Greatest Story Ever Told||The Virgin Mary|
|1971||Flight of the Doves||Granny O'Flaherty|
|1972||She Waits||Sarah Wilson||TV movie|
|1972||Another Part of the Forest||Lavinia Hubbard||TV movie|
|1973||Jonathan Livingston Seagull||Mother (voice)|
|1975||The Runaways||Angela Lakey||TV movie|
|1978||Little Women||Marmee March|
|1979||The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel||Effie Webb||TV movie|
|1983||Ghost Dancing||Sarah Bowman||TV movie|
|1985||Amos||Hester Farrell||TV movie (EMMY nomination: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special)|
|1985||Between the Darkness and the Dawn||Beryl Foster||TV movie|
|1986||American Geisha||Ann Suzuki||TV movie|
|1987||Summer Heat||Narrator (voice)|
|1990||Caroline?||Flora Atkins||Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie|
|1990||The Last Best Year||Anne||TV movie|
Complete TV credits
|1951||Robert Montgomery Presents||Judith Traherne||"Dark Victory"|
|1954||The United States Steel Hour||Tina||"A Garden in the Sea"|
|1954||Lux Video Theatre||Jody Norris||"To Each His Own"|
|1954||The Best of Broadway||Tracy Lord||"The Philadelphia Story"|
|1954||Climax!||Janet Spence||"The Gioconda Smile" (EMMY nomination: Best Actress in a Single Performance)|
|1954||What's My Line||Herself (Celebrity Mystery Guest)|
|1956||Climax!||Miranda||"Pale Horse, Pale Rider"|
|1964||The Red Skelton Hour||Guest Vocalist||"A Man and His Money Are Soon Parted"|
|1976||Rich Man, Poor Man||Mary Jordache||7 episodes (EMMY nomination: Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series)|
|1982||The Love Boat||Hanna Hamilton||"Thanksgiving Cruise: The Best of Friends/Too Many Dads/Love Will Find a Way"|
|1983||Fantasy Island||Joan Mallory||"Three's a Crowd/Second Time Around"|
|1984||The Love Boat||Sarah Webster||"Aerobic April/The Wager/Story of the Century"|
|1984||The Young and the Restless||Cora Miller|
|1985||Glitter||The Matriarch||"The Matriarch"|
|1986||St. Elsewhere||Augusta Endicott||3 episodes|
|1986||Highway to Heaven||Jane Thompson||"Keep Smiling"|
|1988||Highway to Heaven||Jane Thompson||"We Have Forever: Part 1"|
"We Have Forever: Part 2"
|1988||American Playhouse||Margaret Garrison||"I Never Sang for My Father"|
|1947||Radio Reader's Digest||Sweet Rosie O'Grady|
|1953||Lux Summer Theatre||The Fall of Maggie Phillips|
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