Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Dorothy McGuire (1916-2001) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Omaha, NE born actress made her stage debut at a local theater at age thirteen, supposedly opposite twenty-five year old fellow Nebraskan Henry Fonda. McGuire was the president of the drama club in junior college before performing in summer stock in Maine in 1937. The following year she came down to New York, performed on radio, and eventually took over Martha Scott's Broadway role in Our Town after serving as Scott's understudy. McGuire had her first Broadway hit in the long running Claudia in 1941, a performance that brought David O. Selznick calling with a seven-year contract. Her movie debut was in the screen adaptation of Claudia (1943), followed by a strong run of '40s titles including The Enchanted Cottage (1945), my own favorite A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945), The Spiral Staircase (1946), Till the End of Time (1946), and Gentleman's Agreement (1947), this latter title earning McGuire her one Academy Award nomination. McGuire then stepped away from the movies to help found the La Jolla Playhouse, where she appeared in a number of plays. She returned to the screen in titles including Mister 880 (1950), Three Coins in the Fountain (1954), Friendly Persuasion (1956), Old Yeller (1957) for Disney, A Summer Place (1959), again for Disney in Swiss Family Robinson (1960), and as the Virgin Mary in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). McGuire spent most of the latter portion of her career on television, a medium that earned her Emmy nominations in three different decades, including a nomination for her performance as the mother in Rich Man, Poor Man in 1976.
Birthday: June 14