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      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

      100% Old Yeller
      100% The Enchanted Cottage
      94% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
      86% The Spiral Staircase
      83% A Summer Place
      82% Swiss Family Robinson
      82% Gentleman's Agreement
      80% The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

      Photos

      THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE, Herbert Marshall, Dorothy McGuire, Robert Young, 1945 TILL THE END OF TIME, Dorothy McGuire, Guy Madison, 1946 THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, Dorothy McGuire, Rhonda Fleming, George Brent, 1946 THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN, Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, 1954. TM and copyright ©20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved. A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, Dorothy McGuire, James Dunn, 1945. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved. CLAUDIA AND DAVID, Robert Young, Dorothy McGuire, 1946 FRIENDLY PERSUASION, Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, 1956 THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE, Dorothy McGuire, 1946 A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, Dorothy McGuire, 1945, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved CLAUDIA AND DAVID, Dorothy McGuire, 1946, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp., All Rights Reserved A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, Peggy Ann Garner, Dorothy McGuire, 1945, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. CLAUDIA, Reginald Gardiner, Dorothy McGuire, 1943, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved FRIENDLY PERSUASION, Dorothy McGuire, Gary Cooper, 1956 THE REMARKABLE MR. PENNYPACKER, Dorothy McGuire, Clifton Webb, 1959 TILL THE END OF TIME, Dorothy McGuire, 1946 FRIENDLY PERSUASION, from left: Anthony Perkins, Peter Mark Richman, Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, 1956 THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN, Dorothy McGuire, 1954, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN, Dorothy McGuire, 1954, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN, Jean Peters, Dorothy McGuire, Maggie McNamara, 1954, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved THE ENCHANTED COTTAGE, Dorothy McGuire, 1945

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Caroline? Miss Trollope (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Best Year Anne (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 86% The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel Effie Webb (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 65% 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
      42% 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
      82% 78% Swiss Family Robinson Mother Robinson (Character) - 1960
      80% 86% The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Cora Flood (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker Mrs. Emily `'Ma'` Pennypacker (Character) - 1959
      83% 70% A Summer Place Sylvia Hunter (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Earth Is Mine Martha Fairon (Character) - 1959
      100% 79% Old Yeller Katie Coates (Character) - 1957
      80% 82% Friendly Persuasion Eliza Birdwell (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 83% Trial Abbe Nyle (Character) - 1955
      60% 44% 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 57% Invitation Ellen Bowker Pierce (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 36% I Want You Nancy Greer (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 30% Callaway Went Thataway Deborah Patterson (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 62% Mister 880 Ann Winslow (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mother Didn't Tell Me Jane Morgan (Character) - 1950
      82% 78% Gentleman's Agreement Kathy Lacey (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Claudia and David Claudia Naughton (Character) - 1946
      86% 78% The Spiral Staircase Helen Capel (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 62% Till the End of Time Pat Ruscomb (Character) - 1946
      100% 83% The Enchanted Cottage Laura Pennington (Character) - 1945
      94% 90% A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Katie Nolan (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 50% Claudia Claudia Naughton (Character) - 1943

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 66% Highway to Heaven Jane Thompson (Guest Star) 1986 1988
      No Score Yet 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) 1954 1956
      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