Dorothy McGuire

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Dorothy McGuire Swope
Dorothy McGuire in Gentleman's Agreement trailer cropped.jpg
from the trailer for Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
BornDorothy Hackett McGuire
(1916-06-14)June 14, 1916
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedSeptember 13, 2001(2001-09-13) (aged 85)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death
cardiac arrest
Resting place
Cremated, Ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean
Years active1943-1990
Spouse(s)John Swope
(m.1943-1979; his death)
ChildrenTopo Swope
Mark Swope
 
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Dorothy McGuire Swope
Dorothy McGuire in Gentleman's Agreement trailer cropped.jpg
from the trailer for Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
BornDorothy Hackett McGuire
(1916-06-14)June 14, 1916
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedSeptember 13, 2001(2001-09-13) (aged 85)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Cause of death
cardiac arrest
Resting place
Cremated, Ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean
Years active1943-1990
Spouse(s)John Swope
(m.1943-1979; his death)
ChildrenTopo Swope
Mark Swope

Dorothy Hackett McGuire (June 14, 1916 – September 13, 2001) was an American actress.

Career[edit]

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, the only child of Thomas and Isabelle (née Trapp) McGuire, she began her acting career on the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Eventually, she reached Broadway, first appearing as an understudy to Martha Scott in Our Town, and subsequently starring in the domestic comedy, Claudia.

Brought to Hollywood by producer David O. Selznick 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 1943, at the age of 27, 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 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 (born 1948), who also became an actress.

McGuire died of cardiac arrest following a brief illness at the age of 85 in 2001.

For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Dorothy McGuire has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1943ClaudiaClaudia Naughton
1944Reward UnlimitedPeggyShort film
1945Enchanted Cottage, TheThe Enchanted CottageLaura Pennington
1945Tree Grows in Brooklyn, AA Tree Grows in BrooklynKatie Nolan
1945Spiral Staircase, TheThe Spiral StaircaseHelen Capel
1946Claudia and DavidClaudia Naughton
1946Till the End of TimePat Ruscomb
1947Gentleman's AgreementKathy Lacy
1950Mother Didn't Tell MeJane Morgan
1950Mister 880Ann Winslow
1951Robert Montgomery PresentsJudith TraherneEpisode: "Dark Victory"
1951Callaway Went ThatawayDeborah Patterson
1951I Want YouNancy Greer
1952InvitationEllen Bowker Pierce
1954Make Haste to LiveCrystal Benson
1954Three Coins in the FountainMiss Frances
1954United States Steel Hour, TheThe United States Steel HourTinaEpisode: "A Garden in the Sea"
1954Lux Video TheatreJody NorrisEpisode: "To Each His Own"
1954Best of Broadway, TheThe Best of BroadwayTracy LordEpisode: "The Philadelphia Story"
1954Climax!Janet SpenceEpisode: "The Gioconda Smile"
1954What's My LineHerself (Celebrity Mystery Guest)
1955TrialAbbe Nyle
1956Climax!MirandaEpisode: "Pale Horse, Pale Rider"
1956Friendly PersuasionEliza Birdwell
1957Old YellerKatie Coates
1959Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker, TheThe Remarkable Mr. PennypackerMrs. Emily 'Ma' Pennypacker
1959This Earth Is MineMartha Fairon
1959Summer Place, AA Summer PlaceSylvia Hunter
1960Dark at the Top of the Stairs, TheThe Dark at the Top of the StairsCora Flood
1960Swiss Family RobinsonMother Robinson
1961Susan SladeLeah Slade
1963Summer MagicMargaret Carey
1964Red Skelton Hour, TheThe Red Skelton HourGuest VocalistEpisode: "A Man and His Money Are Soon Parted"
1965Greatest Story Ever Told, TheThe Greatest Story Ever ToldThe Virgin Mary
1971Flight of the DovesGranny O'Flaherty
1972Another Part of the ForestLavinia HubbardTV movie
1972She WaitsSarah WilsonTV movie
1973Jonathan Livingston SeagullMother (voice)
1976Rich Man, Poor ManMary Jordache7 episodes
1978Little WomenMarmee March
1979Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel, TheThe Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg LaurelEffie WebbTV movie
1982Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatHanna Hamilton1 episode
1983Ghost DancingSarah BowmanTV movie
1983Fantasy IslandJoan MalloryEpisode: "Three's a Crowd/Second Time Around"
1984Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatSarah Webster1 episode
1984Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the RestlessCora MillerTV series
1985HotelMrs. ChristopherEpisode: "Skeletons"
1985AmosHester FarrellTV movie
1985GlitterThe MatriarchEpisode: "The Matriarch"
1985Between the Darkness and the DawnBeryl FosterTV movie
1986St. ElsewhereAugusta Endicott3 episodes
1986American GeishaAnn SuzukiTV movie
1986Highway to HeavenJane ThompsonEpisode: "Keep Smiling"
1987Summer HeatNarrator (voice)
1988Highway to HeavenJane ThompsonEpisode: "We Have Forever: Part 1"
Episode: "We Have Forever: Part 2"
1988I Never Sang for My FatherMargaret Garrison
1990Hallmark Hall of FameFlora AtkinsEpisode: "Caroline?"
1990Last Best Year, TheThe Last Best YearAnneTV movie

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