DOROTHY MCGUIRE BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Dorothy McGuire was born on June 14th, 1916 in Omaha, Nebraska with the birth name Dorothy Hackett McGuire. As a young girl her parents helped encourage her into acting and as a teenage girl she began making her first appearance as a stage actress in, "A Kiss for Cinderella" at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
After high school she went on to study at Omaha Junior College as well as Ladywood Convent in Indianapolis and then on to Pine Manor Junior College in Massachusetts. She then decided she really wanted to pursue a career as an actress and began appearing in summer stock.
It did not take long before she broke into Broadway with her first appearance in, "Our Town". Other stage productions she appeared in were, "My Dear Children", "Swingin the Dream", "Medicine Show", 'The Time of Your Life" and "Kind Lady". She really began to gain the attention of critics when she appeared in the Broadway production, "Claudia" in 1941.
Dorothy was soon signed to a film contract by David O. Selznick and she was cast in the film, "Claudia" (1943). The film was so well received that three years later she was given a chance to repeat the role in, "Claudia and David" (1946) starring with Robert Young, Mary Astor, John Sutton and Gail Patrick.
She was now a highly desired actress and roles continued to come her way. McGuire was seen on the big screen in such films as, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (1945) co-starring Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Peggy Ann Garner, Lloyd Nolan, Ted Donaldson and James Gleason, "The Enchanted Cottage" (1945) co-starring Robert Young, Mildred Natwick, Herbert Marshall, Hillary Brooke and Spring Byington, "The Spiral Staircase" (1945) starring with George Brent, Ethel Barrymore and Elsa Lanchester, "Till the End of Time" (1946) starring alongside Guy Madison, Robert Mitchum, Bill Williams, Tom Tully and William Gargan and "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947) co-starring Gregory Peck, John Garfield, Celeste Holm and June Havoc, for which she earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination.
Although she had yet to appear in an unsuccessful film and Hollywood did recognize her talent as an actress, she had received no Oscar's up to this point. She decided to take a break from the film industry and work only as a stage actress.
When she did decided to make a come back to films, things did not go as expected. The film roles were less challenging and the outcome of each film, not highly successful. She did appear in, "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954) starring alongside Clifton Webb, Louis Jourdan, Rossano Brazzi and Jean Peters, which gained moderate box office success, but it did nothing to boost her level of stardom or her career.
However, she fought on and soon some decent film roles did come her way such as, "Friendly Persuasion" (1956) starring Gary Cooper, Robert Middleton, Anthony Perkins, Peter Mark Richman and Marjorie Main, the Walt Disney classic "Old Yeller" (1957) starring with Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk, Jeff York and Kevin Corcoran, the light hearted Walt Disney feature "Summer Magic" (1963) starring Hayley Mills, Deborah Walley, Burl Ives, Michael J. Pollard and Una Merkel, "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (1965) also starring Max Von Sydow, Charlton Heston, Telly Savalas, Roddy McDowall, Joseph Schildkraut, Claude Rains, Michael Anderson Jr., Martin Landau, David McCallum and Jose Ferrer and her final film role in, "Flight of the Doves" (1971) starring Ron Moody and Stanley Holloway.
McGuire then moved into working as a television actress and had moderate success appearing in such series as, "Rich Man, Poor Man" (1976) with an all star cast including Peter Strauss and Nick Nolte, "Little Women" (1978), "Fantasy Island" (1983) starring Ricard Montalban, "The Love Boat" (1982-1984) and "Highway to Heaven" (1986-1988) starring Michael Landon and Victor French. Her final two roles were in 1990 on the television show, "Hallmark Hall of Fame" and the television movie, "The Last Best Year". She was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.
Dorothy McGuire remained married to her one and only husband, photographer, John Swope who passed away in 1979. She had two children, a son, Mark and a daughter, Topo who followed in her mother's footsteps and took up a career as an actress.
After McGuire suffered a bad fall she became quite ill and passed away at the age of eighty five, on September 13th, 2001 in Santa Monica, California ruled as cardiac arrest. Her ashes were scattered throughout the Pacific Ocean.
1990 The Last Best Year
1990 Hallmark Hall of Fame
1988 I Never Sang for My Father
1986-1988 Highway to Heaven
1987 Summer Heat
1986 American Geisha
1986 St. Elsewhere
1985 Between the Darkness and the Dawn
1984 The Young and the Restless
1982-1984 The Love Boat
1983 Fantasy Island
1983 Ghost Dancing
1979 The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel
1978 Little Women
1976 Rich Man, Poor Man
1975 The Runaways
1973 Jonathan Livingston Seagull
1972 She Waits
1972 Another Part of the Forest
1971 Flight of the Doves
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
1964 The Red Skelton Hour
1963 Summer Magic
1961 Susan Slade
1960 Swiss Family Robinson
1960 The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
1959 A Summer Place
1959 This Earth Is Mine
1959 The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
1957 Old Yeller
1956 Friendly Persuasion
1954 The Best of Broadway
1954 Lux Video Theatre
1954 The United States Steel Hour
1954 Three Coins in the Fountain
1954 Make Haste to Live
1951 I Want You
1951 Callaway Went Thataway
1951 Robert Montgomery Presents
1950 Mister 880
1950 Mother Didn't Tell Me
1947 Gentleman's Agreement
1946 Till the End of Time
1946 Claudia and David
1945 The Spiral Staircase
1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
1945 The Enchanted Cottage
1944 Reward Unlimited