The Info List - Dorothy McGuire

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).


1 Life and career

1.1 Early years 1.2 Radio 1.3 Stage 1.4 Film

2 Personal life and death 3 Recognition 4 Complete filmography 5 Complete TV credits 6 Radio appearances 7 References 8 External links

Life and career[edit]

Dorothy McGuire
Dorothy McGuire
and Spring Byington
Spring Byington
in the short film Reward Unlimited (1944)

Dorothy McGuire
Dorothy McGuire
and John Garfield
John Garfield
in Gentleman's Agreement (1947)

Early years[edit] Born in Omaha, Nebraska,[1] McGuire was the only child of Thomas Johnson McGuire and Isabelle Flaherty McGuire.[2] She began her acting career on the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse.[1] After her father's death, McGuire attended a convent school in Indianapolis, Indiana. She later attended Pine Manor Junior College
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.[2] Radio[edit] McGuire was a member of the cast of Big Sister (playing Sue Evans[3]), and Joyce Jordan, M.D.. She also appeared in This Is My Best (Miracle in the Rain),[4] Screen Directors Playhouse
Screen Directors Playhouse
(The Spiral Staircase) and in Theatre Guild on the Air (Hamlet[5] A Doll's House, Our Town[6]). Stage[edit] Eventually, she reached Broadway, first appearing as an understudy to Martha Scott
Martha Scott
in Our Town, and subsequently starring in the domestic comedy Claudia.[1] Film[edit] Brought to Hollywood by producer David O. Selznick
David O. Selznick
(who called her "a born actress"[7]) on the strength of her stage performance, McGuire starred in her first film Claudia, a movie adaptation of her Broadway success,[1] 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
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[edit] Married to Life magazine photographer John Swope (1908–1979) for more than 35 years, she had a son, photographer Mark Swope, and a daughter Topo[2] (born 1948), who also became an actress.[8] McGuire died of cardiac arrest on Thursday, September 13, 2001 following a brief illness at the age of 85. Recognition[edit] For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Dorothy McGuire has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 6933 Hollywood Boulevard. It was dedicated February 8, 1960.[9] Complete filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1943 Claudia Claudia Naughton

1944 Reward Unlimited Peggy Adams Short film for the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps[10]

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 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

1955 Trial Abbe Nyle

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

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

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
Hallmark Hall of Fame
TV movie

1990 Last Best Year, TheThe Last Best Year Anne TV movie

Complete TV credits[edit]

Year Title Role Episode

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 Best of Broadway, TheThe Best of Broadway Tracy Lord "The Philadelphia Story"

1954 Climax! Janet Spence "The Gioconda Smile"

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

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 Hotel Mrs. Christopher "Skeletons"

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"

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1947 Radio Reader's Digest Sweet Rosie O'Grady

1953 Lux Summer Theatre The Fall of Maggie Phillips[11]


^ a b c d 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. ^ a b c Severo, Richard (September 15, 2001). "Dorothy McGuire, Steadfast Heroine of Film, Dies at 83". New York Times. Retrieved 6 May 2015.  ^ "Say Hello To ..." (PDF). Radio and Television Mirror. December 1939. p. 43. Retrieved 6 May 2015.  ^ "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. ^ "KECA mike memos" (PDF). Radio Life. March 23, 1947. p. 10. Retrieved 6 May 2015.  ^ 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.  ^ "Dorothy McGuire". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Retrieved 24 February 2017.  ^ "Reward Unlimited". National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 2015-12-06.  ^ Kirby, Walter (June 21, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 44. Retrieved July 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

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