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Also Known As: Died: September 13, 2001
Born: June 14, 1916 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: Omaha, Nebraska, USA Profession: actor

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Last Best Year, The (1990) Anne
2.
 Caroline? (1990) Mrs Adkin
3.
 American Geisha (1986) Ann Suzuki
4.
 Amos (1985) Hester Farrell
5.
 Between Darkness And Dawn (1985) Beryl Foster
6.
 Ghost Dancing (1983) Sarah Bowman
8.
 Runaways, The (1975) Angela Lakey
9.
 Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973) Voice Of Parent
10.
 She Waits (1972) Sarah Wilson
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1930:
Made stage acting debut opposite Henry Fonda in the Omaha, Nebraska production. "A Kiss for Cinderella"
1938:
Broadway debut as understudy in "Stop-Over"
1938:
Was understudy for female roles in "Our Town"
1941:
Originated title role in the Broadway production of "Claudia"
1943:
Film debut reprising stage role in "Claudia"
1945:
Starred in "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
1946:
Headlined the sequel "Claudia and David"
1947:
Received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress for her role in "Gentleman's Agreement"
1950:
Toured as Alma in Tennessee Williams' "Summer and Smoke"
1956:
Co-starred with Gary Cooper and Anthony Perkins in "Friendly Persuasion"
1958:
Appeared on Broadway in "Winesburg, Ohio"
1960:
Had co-starring role in the film version of "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"
1965:
Played the Virgin Mary in the biblical epic "The Greatest Story Ever Told"; last film for six years
1971:
Returned to features in "Flight of Doves"; last onscreen film performance
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
1976:
Won Emmy nomination as Mary Jordache, the mother of Rudy and Tom, in the ABC miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man"
1978:
Portrayed Marmee in the NBC miniseries "Little Women"; reprised role in the short-lived 1979 series
1985:
Played opposite Kirk Douglas in the CBS TV-movie "Amos"
1985:
Acted in the CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless"
1990:
Last TV appearance, "The Last Best Year" (ABC)
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Education

Omaha Junior College: Omaha , Nebraska -
Ladywood Convent: Indianapolis , Indiana -
Pine Manor Junior College: Wellesley , Massachusetts - 1936 - 1938

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husband:
John Swope. Photographer. Born in 1908; married from July 1943 until his death on May 11, 1979.

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father:
Thomas Johnston McGuire. Lawyer.
mother:
Isabel McGuire.
daughter:
Topo Swope. Actor. Survived her.
son:
Mark Swope. Artist, photographer. Born in May 1953; survived her.
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