Dorothy McGuire

Actor
While less showy than the most popular actresses of her day, Nebraska native Dorothy McGuire deserved the same degree of reverence. Lovely in an accessible, girl-next-door way, McGuire first earned notice on Broadway ... Read more »
Born: 06/14/1916 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Filmography

Actor (39)

I Never Sang For My Father 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Women 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Runaways 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Jonathan Livingston Seagull 1973 (Movie)

of Parent (Voice)

Flight of the Doves 1970 (Movie)

Granny O'Flaherty (Actor)

Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Magic 1963 (Movie)

Margaret Carey (Actor)

The United States Steel Hour 1953 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Susan Slade 1961 (Movie)

Leah Slade (Actor)

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs 1960 (Movie)

Cora (Actor)

The Swiss Family Robinson 1960 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker 1959 (Movie)

Ma Pennypacker (Actor)

A Summer Place 1958 (Movie)

Sylvia Hunter (Actor)

This Earth Is Mine 1958 (Movie)

Martha Fairon (Actor)

Old Yeller 1957 (Movie)

Katie Coates (Actor)

Friendly Persuasion 1956 (Movie)

Eliza Birdwell (Actor)

The Philadelphia Story 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Trial 1955 (Movie)

Abbe (Actor)

Three Coins in the Fountain 1954 (Movie)

Miss Frances (Actor)

Callaway Went Thataway 1951 (Movie)

Deborah Patterson (Actor)

I Want You 1951 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gentleman's Agreement 1947 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn 1945 (Movie)

Katie Nolan (Actor)

The Spiral Staircase 1945 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

American Geisha (TV Show)

Actor

Amos (TV Show)

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Another Part of the Forest (TV Show)

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Caroline? (TV Show)

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Claudia and David (Movie)

Claudia Naughton (Actor)

Climax! (TV Show)

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Ghost Dancing (TV Show)

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Little Women (TV Show)

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Mister 880 (Movie)

Ann Winslow (Actor)

Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Show)

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She Waits (TV Show)

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The Enchanted Cottage (Movie)

Laura Pennington (Actor)

The Last Best Year (TV Show)

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Biography

While less showy than the most popular actresses of her day, Nebraska native Dorothy McGuire deserved the same degree of reverence. Lovely in an accessible, girl-next-door way, McGuire first earned notice on Broadway, where she found fame in the title role of "Claudia" (1941-43). When that story of a child bride and her life lessons was adapted for the silver screen in 1943, McGuire reprised her part and was simultaneously launched as the town's latest leading lady. She subsequently graced such notable productions as "The Enchanted Cottage" (1945), "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945), "The Spiral Staircase" (1946), and the groundbreaking look at anti-Semitism, "Gentlemen's Agreement" (1947), for which she received an Academy Award nomination. McGuire specialized in playing women who were nice, grounded and dependable - qualities the actress also possessed off the screen. As she approached middle age, McGuire found her niche by embodying loving mothers, most famously in the classic Walt Disney tearjerker "Old Yeller" (1957), and even managed to effectively portray the Virgin Mary in "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965) at an age when some ladies had become grandmothers. Although her films were a fairly lackluster lot from the 1960s onward, predictable scripts and flat direction did little to diminish McGuire's contributions. A warm and appealing leading lady who became a fine character actress, McGuire provided the sort of consistently solid work that allowed her to find acting opportunities well into her golden years.

Relationships

Isabel McGuire

Mother

Thomas McGuire

Father

John Swope

Husband
born in 1908 married from July 1943 until his death on May 11, 1979

Topo Swope

Daughter
survived her

Mark Swope

Son
born in May 1953 survived her

EDUCATION

Pine Manor Junior College

Wellesley , Massachusetts 1936 - 1938

Omaha Junior College

Omaha , Nebraska

Ladywood Convent

Indianapolis , Indiana

Milestones

1990

Last TV appearance, "The Last Best Year" (ABC)

1985

Acted in the CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless"

1985

Played opposite Kirk Douglas in the CBS TV-movie "Amos"

1978

Portrayed Marmee in the NBC miniseries "Little Women"; reprised role in the short-lived 1979 series

1976

Won Emmy nomination as Mary Jordache, the mother of Rudy and Tom, in the ABC miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man"

1975

Returned to the stage playing Hannah Jelkes in Los Angeles production of Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana"; recreated role on Broadway in 1976

1970

Returned to features in "Flight of Doves"; last onscreen film performance

1965

Played the Virgin Mary in the biblical epic "The Greatest Story Ever Told"; last film for six years

1960

Had co-starring role in the film version of "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"

1958

Appeared on Broadway in "Winesburg, Ohio"

1956

Co-starred with Gary Cooper and Anthony Perkins in "Friendly Persuasion"

1950

Toured as Alma in Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke"

1947

Received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress for her role in "Gentleman's Agreement"

1946

Headlined the sequel "Claudia and David"

1944

Starred in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"

1942

Film debut reprising stage role in "Claudia"

1940

Originated title role in the Broadway production of "Claudia"

1938

Was understudy for female roles in "Our Town"

1938

Broadway debut as understudy in "Stop-Over"

1930

Made stage acting debut opposite Henry Fonda in the Omaha, Nebraska production. "A Kiss for Cinderella"

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