Dorothy McGuire

Show Count: 29
Series Count: 2
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Born: June 14, 1916, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Died: September 13, 2001 , Santa Monica, California, USA

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


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 

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.

Source: Wikipedia

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Show Count: 18
Broadcast History: 1930-33, 1934-45, and 30 April 1945 to 30 April 1972
Sponsor: Chesterfield Cigarettes
Broadcast: November 29, 1948
Added: Nov 27 2018
Broadcast: December 8, 1949
Added: Dec 02 2016
Broadcast: 3rd September 1945
Added: Sep 28 2010
Broadcast: March 4, 1951
Added: May 03 2010
Broadcast: January 15, 1948
Added: Feb 19 2015
Broadcast: 24th December 1945
Added: Dec 24 2011
Broadcast: 15 September 1949
Starring: Dorothy McGuire
Added: Jun 13 2001
Broadcast: December 6, 1948
Added: Dec 03 2019
Broadcast: March 13, 1947
Added: Mar 15 2024