Filled Under: Dorothy McGuire
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 comedy, “Claudia”. On the strength of her performance on Broadway McQuire was brought to Hollywood by producer David O. Selznick to make a movie adaptation of the Broadway hit “Claudia” (1943). Her screen performance was popular with both the public and critics alike and was the catalyst for not only a sequel, “Claudia and David” (1946), but also launched McQuire into a long successful Hollywood career. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1947 for “Gentleman’s Agreement”. Other notable films include “The Enchanted Cottage” (1945), “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” (1945), “Mister 88” (1950), “Three Coins in the Fountain” (1954), “Friendly Persuasion” (1956), “Old Yeller” (1957), “A Summer Place” (1959), “Swiss Family Robinson” (1960), “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (1965), and “The Dark at the Top of the Stairs” (1960). Her last feature film was the British-made “Flight of the Doves” (1971). McQuire also found rewarding work on TV and received an Emmy nomination for the well-received mini-series “Rich Man, Poor Man” (1976). She also played Marmee in a TV revisitation of “Little Women: Pilot” (1978). Her last appearance was in the sentimental tearjerker “The Last Best Year” (1990) co-starring Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore.
Dorothy McQuire married Life magazine photographer John Swope (1908–1979) in 1943. McGuire and Swope were married for more than 35 years, until his death in 1979. Together they he had a son, photographer Mark Swope, and a daughter Topo Swope, who also became an actress.
Dorothy McGuire died September 13, 2001 in Santa Monica, California of cardiac arrest following a brief illness at the age of 85.
For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Dorothy McGuire has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd.