Maeve McGuire

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Maeve McGuire
Born July 24, 1937
Cleveland, Ohio[1]

Maeve McGuire (born July 24, 1937) is an American actress, known for her role as "Nicole Travis Drake" on the soap opera The Edge of Night,[2] which she played from 1968 to 1974 and from 1975 to 1977. Nicole originally started off as a schemer but as her popularity increased, her character became one of the show's major heroines in a romance with attorney Adam Drake (Donald May). When she first left the show, the character was presumed dead, but after a year's hiatus, returned. During that time, the character of Adam was brutally murdered and Nicole was paired with handsome new doctor Miles Cavanaugh (Joel Crothers). She was then replaced by actress Jayne Bentzen, almost twenty years her junior.

Between her two stints on The Edge of Night, she played Maude Lassiter Palmer on the short-lived nighttime show Beacon Hill.[1]

McGuire was also well known for playing the role of Elena DePoulignac (Cecile's sophisticated mother) on Another World[2] from 1981 to 1983,[1] and has appeared on other daytime programs, including Search for Tomorrow,[1] on which she appeared with William Prince, the actor who had originated the role of her father Ben Travis, and Ann Flood who played her friend Nancy Karr on The Edge of Night. McGuire took over the part of Kate McCleary, a matriarchal role which had earlier been played by the older Jo Henderson.

She later played Judith Sheffield, the socialite mother of a gay teen played by Ben Jorgensen, on the soap opera All My Children.[3] On One Life to Live, she played the short-term role of Beverly Crane, an old friend of Sloane Carpenter's (Roy Thinnes) who agreed to pretend to be having an affair with him after he found out he was dying so he wouldn't make his new wife Victoria Lord suffer watching him die.

She also filled in for Eileen Fulton as Lisa on As the World Turns a number of times during the early 1990s and also played Selena, a madame, on The Guiding Light for a brief time in 1993.

She has appeared on stage as M'Lynn in off-Broadway's "Steel Magnolias" and as Irene Livingston in JRT's "Light Up the Sky" and on Broadway in "Cyrano de Bergerac" (Cassandace), "The Miser" (Marianne), "Mixed Emotions" (understudying the character Christine Millman) and "Garden District" (understudying the characters Mrs. Venable, Miss Foxhill and Grace).


  1. ^ a b c d "McGuire, Maeve". Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television. 2004-01-01. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b Reichardt, Nancy (1986-09-24). "Maeve McGuire returns to soaps". Anchorage Daily News. p. 71. 
  3. ^ You Know Chris' Face From `All My Children` May 29, 1999