Dorothy McGuire Overview:

Legendary actress, Dorothy McGuire, was born Dorothy Hackett McGuire on Jun 14, 1916 in Omaha, NE. McGuire appeared in over 50 TV and film roles. Her best known films include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), The Enchanted Cottage (1945), The Spiral Staircase (1945), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), Friendly Persuasion (1956), Old Yeller (1957), A Summer Place (1959), Swiss Family Robinson (1960), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960), Summer Magic (1963) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). McGuire died at the age of 85 on Sep 13, 2001 in Santa Monica, CA and was cremated and her ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.

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Dorothy McGuire appeared in many gentle, often downtrodden, roles and was skillful at manipulating her audience's emotions. She made fewer films as a star than most people think, and moved too swiftly (in 1956) into 'mother' roles, her film career lasting only a few more years. She is the mother of actress Topo Swope.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although McGuire was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1947Best ActressGentleman's Agreement (1947)KathyNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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descends "The Spiral Staircase"

By Stephen Reginald on Nov 18, 2020 From Classic Movie Man

descends "The Spiral Staircase" The Spiral Staircase (1946) is a psychological suspense film directed by Robert Siodmak starring , George Brent, and Ethel Barrymore. Dore Schary produced the film; the screenplay was by Mel Dinelli, the music by Roy Webb, and the c... Read full article


Classic Movie Legend Tribute:

By minooallen on Jun 14, 2012 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, , born today, June, 14, 1916! The virtue of humility; that’s what comes to mind when I think of . Her charm did not derive from her looks, though if you think she’s ugly I can’t help but question your taste. Her ... Read full article


By Art on Jun 14, 2012 From Classic Cinema Gold

Dorothy Hackett McGuire was born June 14, 1916 in Omaha, Nebraska. McQuire began her acting career on the stage at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Eventually reaching Broadway, she first appeared as an understudy to Martha Scott in “Our Town”, and subsequently starred in the domestic come... Read full article


Happy Birthday

By monty on Jun 14, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

(1916-2001) Happy Birthday to Photos My favorite McGuire films are: Claudia (1943) A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945) Till The End Of Time (1946) Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) Old Yeller (1957) Swiss Family Robinson (1960)... Read full article


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Dorothy McGuire Quotes:

Father Robinson: The world is full of nice, ordinary little people who live in nice, ordinary little houses on the ground. But didn't you ever dream of a house up on a tree top?
Mother Robinson: No! Mostly I dream of having a house in New Guinea.


The Dark Hermit - Satan: A long climb, wasn't it? A long hard climb... You know, some people think the whole of life should be like that, hm... "An easy life is a sinful life". Not so, my friend... A man's life can be as easy as he wishes to make it. And it can be easy, my friend. If one knows the way to power and glory in this world.


Father Robinson: First thing we've got to do is to, uh, unload the raft. Then, uh... put up some sort of shelter for the night.
Mother Robinson: No. That's not the first thing.
[kneels down in prayer, and the rest follow suit]


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In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi, including Friendly Persuasion (1956). She was occasionally dubbed by Dhia Cristiani, most notably in the Oscar-winning Gentleman's Agreement (1947); Rosetta Calavetta, Rina Morelli and Andreina Pagnani.

Starred with 2 members of the Mills family in 2 different Disney films. She played John Mills' wife in Swiss Family Robinson in 1960 and Hayley Mills' mother in Summer Magic in 1963.

Married to John Swope, an airline founder and photographer for Life magazine, until his death in 1979.

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