Dorothy McGuire

Highest Rated: 100% Old Yeller (1957)
Birthday: Jun 14, 1916
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
American actress Dorothy McGuire made her stage debut at age 13 in A Kiss For Cinderella in her home town of Omaha, opposite fellow aspiring actor and Omaha native Henry Fonda. McGuire went to Broadway in 1938 to understudy Martha Scott in the role of Emily Webb in Our Town, eventually taking over the part; she also underwent an ingenue's ordeal by fire, acting opposite the dissipated John Barrymore in My Dear Children. Claudia, produced in 1941, was Dorothy's first starring stage vehicle. On the strength of this play, she was put under contract by film producer David O. Selznick, whose first move was to lend the actress out to 20th Century-Fox to recreate her role as the immature newlywed in the 1943 filmization of Claudia. So popular was this film that a followup was made three years later, again starring McGuire, titled Claudia and David (1946). In the meantime she had played a far more mature role as the beleagured wife of alcoholic James Dunn in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), then finally made a film for Selznick, portraying an imperiled mute girl in The Spiral Staircase (1946). Always a star and never a starlet, McGuire refused to pose for cheesecake stills, turned down attempts to publicize her private life, and vetoed wearing makeup for her role as an extremely homely woman in The Enchanted Cottage (1945), opting (wisely) to convey the homeliness through facial expressions and lighting. The actress was nominated for an Academy Award for her role as Gregory Peck's fiancee in Gentleman's Agreement (1947), but Oscars went instead to supporting actress Celeste Holm and to the picture itself. Alone among actresses her age, McGuire was able to fluctuate from romantic leads in such films as Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) to character parts in films like Friendly Persuasion (1956), relying neither on actor's affectations in the younger roles nor age makeup in the older ones. At age 46, she was still able to successfully portray the Virgin Mary in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). Living reclusively with her wealthy husband John Swope, McGuire chose her roles slowly and carefully in the latter part of her career, making quality appearances in such made-for-TV dramas as Rich Man Poor Man (1976) and Little Women (1979).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Caroline? Caroline's Grandmother 1999
No Score Yet The Last Best Year Anne 1990
No Score Yet Summer Heat Narrator 1987
No Score Yet Amos Hester Farrell 1985
No Score Yet The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel Effie Webb 1979
No Score Yet Little Women Marmee March 1978
No Score Yet The Runaways Actor 1975
9% Jonathan Livingston Seagull Mother 1973
No Score Yet She Waits Actor 1971
No Score Yet Flight of the Doves Granny O'Flaherty 1971
38% The Greatest Story Ever Told Mary 1965
No Score Yet Summer Magic Margaret Carey 1963
No Score Yet Susan Slade Leah Slade 1961
81% Swiss Family Robinson Mother 1960
No Score Yet The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Cora Flood 1960
83% A Summer Place Sylvia 1959
No Score Yet This Earth Is Mine Actor 1959
100% Old Yeller Katie Coates 1957
88% Friendly Persuasion Eliza Birdwell 1956
No Score Yet Trial Abbe Nyle 1955
67% Three Coins in the Fountain Miss Frances 1954
No Score Yet Make Haste to Live Crystal Benson 1954
No Score Yet Invitation Ellen Barker Pierce 1952
No Score Yet I Want You Nancy Greer 1951
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway Deborah Patterson 1951
No Score Yet Mister 880 Ann Winslow 1950
78% Gentleman's Agreement Kathy Lacey 1947
No Score Yet Till the End of Time Pat Ruscomb 1946
86% The Spiral Staircase Helen Capel 1946
83% The Enchanted Cottage Laura Pennington 1945
100% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Katie 1945
No Score Yet Claudia Claudia Naughton 1943

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Jane
  • 1988
  • 1986
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Mrs. Endicott
  • 1986
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Margaret

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