Dorothy McGuire

Dorothy McGuire

Highest Rated: 100% Old Yeller (1957)

Lowest Rated: 8% Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973)

Birthday: Jun 14, 1916

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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. 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.

Highest rated movies

Old Yeller
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Friendly Persuasion
The Spiral Staircase
The Enchanted Cottage
A Summer Place
Swiss Family Robinson
Gentleman's Agreement




No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Best Year Anne (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline? Miss Trollope (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet American Geisha Ann Suzuki (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Between the Darkness and the Dawn Beryl Foster (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Amos Hester Farrell (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ghost Dancing Sarah Bowman (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel Effie Webb (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 63% Little Women Marmee (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 73% The Runaways Angela Lakey (Character) - 1975
8% 61% Jonathan Livingston Seagull Mother (Voice) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flight of the Doves Granny O'Flaherty (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 20% She Waits Sarah Wilson (Character) - 1971
41% 64% The Greatest Story Ever Told The Virgin Mary (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 76% Summer Magic Margaret Carey (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 53% Susan Slade Leah Slade (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 83% The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Cora Flood (Character) - 1960
82% 78% Swiss Family Robinson Mother Robinson (Character) - 1960
83% 71% A Summer Place Sylvia Hunter (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker Mrs. Emily `'Ma'` Pennypacker (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet This Earth Is Mine Martha Fairon (Character) - 1959
100% 79% Old Yeller Katie Coates (Character) - 1957
88% 81% Friendly Persuasion Eliza Birdwell (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 85% Trial Abbe Nyle (Character) - 1955
60% 43% Three Coins in the Fountain Miss Frances (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Make Haste to Live Crystal Benson (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 54% Invitation Ellen Bowker Pierce (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 22% Callaway Went Thataway Deborah Patterson (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 38% I Want You Nancy Greer (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother Didn't Tell Me Jane Morgan (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 57% Mister 880 Ann Winslow (Character) - 1950
76% 78% Gentleman's Agreement Kathy Lacey (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Claudia and David Claudia Naughton (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 65% Till the End of Time Pat Ruscomb (Character) - 1946
87% 79% The Spiral Staircase Helen Capel (Character) - 1946
100% 91% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Katie Nolan (Character) - 1945
86% 83% The Enchanted Cottage Laura Pennington (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Claudia Claudia Naughton (Character) - 1943


36% No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Jane Thompson (Guest Star) 1988 1986
22% No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disney's Wonderful World Katie Coates (Character) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rich Man, Poor Man Mary Jordache (Character) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Tina (Character) 1954


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