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Dorothy McGuire is a Actor American born on 14 june 1916 at Omaha (USA)

Dorothy McGuire

Dorothy McGuire
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Birth name Dorothy Hackett McGuire
Nationality USA
Birth 14 june 1916 at Omaha (USA)
Death 13 september 2001 (at 85 years) at Santa Monica (USA)

Dorothy Hackett McGuire (June 14, 1918 – September 14, 2001) was an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Gentleman's Agreement (1947).

Biography

Dorothy McGuire est née à Omaha, dans le Nebraska, en 1916. Très jeune, encouragée par son ami Henry Fonda, elle se lance dans le théâtre, et part en tournée dès 1935. Son premier rôle l'oppose à Henry Fonda dans A Kiss For Cinderella. À New York, elle se retrouve sur Broadway en 1938 dans la pièce Our Town. En 1941, on lui propose le rôle principal dans la pièce Claudia. Elle accepte, et tient le rôle sur Broadway et ailleurs pendant deux ans. Lorsqu'en 1943, le réalisateur Edmund Goulding décide de faire une version cinématographique de la pièce Claudia, il n'hésite pas à choisir celle qui depuis deux ans épouse le rôle à merveille. Dorothy McGuire débute donc au cinéma en 1943 dans Claudia, aux côtés de son ami, l'acteur Robert Young (le futur docteur Marcus Welby). Ensemble, ils tourneront une suite à cette production, Claudia and David, trois ans plus tard, en 1946.

À partir de 1945, Dorothy McGuire devient rapidement une des valeurs sûres du cinéma américain. Elle est superbe dans Le Lys de Brooklyn (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1945) d'Elia Kazan, puis dans Le Cottage enchanté (The Enchanted Cottage, 1945) où elle retrouve à nouveau Robert Young. En 1946, l'industrie est choquée de voir que Dorothy n'est pas nommée aux Oscars pour son extraordinaire performance d'une jeune sourde-muette terrifiée par un meurtrier dans Deux mains... la nuit (The Spiral Staircase, 1946) du réalisateur Robert Siodmak. Qu'à cela ne tienne, elle poursuit son chemin avec Robert Mitchum et Guy Madison dans Jusqu'à la fin des temps (Till the End of Time, 1946), et avec Gregory Peck, John Garfield et Celeste Holm dans Le Mur Invisible (Gentleman's Agreement, 1947), à nouveau du réalisateur Elia Kazan, où elle obtient enfin sa nomination à l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice. Elle s'absente pendant deux ans du cinéma, en 1948 et 1949, le temps de fonder avec ses amis Gregory Peck et Mel Ferrer la troupe de théâtre "The La Jolla Playhouse", troupe qui attire quelques stars d'Hollywood (comme participants ou supporters) et qui continue encore ses activités aujourd'hui.

Avec l'arrivée des années 1950, Dorothy McGuire délaisse les rôles de jeunes premières pour s'engager dans des films où elle laisse d'excellents souvenirs de vieille fille complexée et étrangement séduisante. Notons ici Mister 880 (1950), Mother Didn't Tell Me (1950), Callaway Went Thataway (1951, aux côtés de Fred MacMurray), I Want You (1951, avec Dana Andrews et Farley Granger), Invitation (1952) et l'énorme succès au box-office La Fontaine des amours (Three Coins in the Fountain, 1954). Elle excelle à nouveau dans le thriller Make Haste to Live (1954) et dans le drame judiciaire Trial (1955, avec Glenn Ford).

En 1956, alors que sa carrière l'oriente désormais vers les rôles de mère, elle tourne avec Gary Cooper et Anthony Perkins dans le remarquable film La Loi du Seigneur (Friendly Persuasion) de William Wyler, où encore une fois l'Académie commet la grave erreur de l'oublier aux Oscars alors qu'on la déclarait même gagnante au départ. Qu'importe, le National Board of Review la déclare meilleure actrice de l'année et lui remet un prix.

Par la suite, Dorothy McGuire poursuit ses rôles de mère dans trois films de Walt Disney: Fidèle Vagabond (Old Yeller , 1957), Les Robinsons des mers du Sud (The Swiss Family Robinson, 1960) et L'Été magique (Summer Magic, 1963). Elle tourne aussi A Summer Place (1959), qui s'avère un des gros succès de l'année, puis This Earth is Mine (1959, aux côtés de Rock Hudson et de Jean Simmons), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960), The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker (1960) et Susan Slade (1961). Pendant ces années, Dorothy McGuire reste active au théâtre, notamment avec son ami Henry Fonda. C'est d'ailleurs sous les précieux conseils de son père et de Dorothy que la jeune Jane Fonda fait ses débuts sur les planches. Puis, en 1965, Dorothy tourne son dernier long métrage américain, et son ultime -et non le moindre- rôle de mère, celui de la Vierge Marie dans le majestueux film La Plus Grande Histoire jamais contée (The Greatest Story Ever Told) auprès d'une distribution de rêve, incluant Charlton Heston, John Wayne, Angela Lansbury, José Ferrer, Roddy McDowall, Martin Landau, Sidney Poitier et Max von Sydow qui interprète Jésus. Dorothy ne reviendra qu'une seule fois sur grand écran, et ce sera dans une production britannique, Flight of the Doves, en 1970.

Par la suite, Dorothy McGuire entame une belle carrière à la télévision. On peut la voir dans plusieurs téléfilms, dont She Wait (1971), Another Part of the Forest (1972), Jonathan Livingston le goéland (Jonathan Livingston Seagull, pour la narration, 1973), L'Escapade (The Runaways, 1975), Little Women (le téléfilm et la minisérie, 1978), où elle retrouve Robert Young, et The Incredible Journey of Dr. Meg Laurel (1979). Elle triomphe en 1976 dans Les Jordache (ou Le Riche et le Pauvre), une minisérie d'après le roman d'Irwin Shaw qui obtient un succès monstre. McGuire y est nommée pour un Emmy Award pour son rôle de Mary Jordache, la mère. Elle revient en force en 1983 dans l'excellent téléfilm The Ghost Dancing, puis deux fois aux côtés d'Elizabeth Montgomery (vedette de la série Ma sorcière bien-aimée) en 1985 dans les films Amos et Between the Darkness and the Dawn. Elle termine sa carrière avec les téléfilms American Geisha (1986), Summer Heat (pour la narration, 1987), I Never Sang For My Father (1988), Les Derniers Jours de bonheur (The Last Best Year, 1990) et L'Héritière suspecte (Caroline ?, 1990) et participe aussi à de nombreux feuilletons, dont Love Boat (1978), Hôtel (1985), St-Elsewhere (1986) et Les Routes du paradis (Highway to Heaven, 1986) où elle est la veuve de l'« ange » Michael Landon. Elle ne reviendra qu'une seule fois sur un plateau de tournage après 1990, et ce sera en 1998, alors qu'âgée de plus de 80 ans, elle participe au téléfilm Halloweentown, un spécial télévisé pour la fête d'Halloween. Elle décède deux jours après les attentats terroristes de New York et de Washington, le 13 septembre 2001, à l'âge de 85 ans.

Dorothy McGuire ne s'est mariée qu'une seule fois, avec le photographe John Swope, avec qui elle a eu deux enfants. Pas question pour elle de parader en tenue légère ou d'être vulgaire pour attirer l'attention. Elle affectionnait beaucoup trop son métier pour cela. Grande dame du théâtre, du cinéma et de la télévision, elle aura eu une carrière à la fois belle et discrète, à son image.

Best films

Friendly Persuasion (1956)
(Actress)
Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
(Actress)
Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)
(Actress)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
(Actress)

Usually with

Delmer Daves
Delmer Daves
(2 films)
Alfred Newman
Alfred Newman
(4 films)
Robert Young
Robert Young
(4 films)
Elia Kazan
Elia Kazan
(3 films)
Richard Day
Richard Day
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Dorothy McGuire (34 films)

Display filmography as list

Actress

The Last Best Year, 2h
Directed by John Erman
Actors Mary Tyler Moore, Bernadette Peters, Brian Bedford, Carmen Mathews, Kate Reid, Kenneth Welsh
Roles Anne
Rating69% 3.453213.453213.453213.453213.45321
Jane (Bernadette Peters) visits a doctor (Brian Bedford) after becoming ill during a business trip. She is told that she has a terminal illness and is referred to a psychologist, Wendy Haller (Mary Tyler Moore), to help her in dealing with the emotional aspects of the illness. Jane, although successful at business, leads a solitary life except for occasional times she spends with her married lover, Jerry, who leaves her during her crisis. Reluctant to open herself emotionally at first, she soon warms to Wendy. Jane makes a last trip to visit her beloved Aunt Lizzie (Carmen Mathews).
Caroline?
Caroline? (1990)
, 1h38
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Stéphanie Zimbalist, Pamela Reed, George Grizzard, Patricia Neal, Dorothy McGuire, Shawn Phelan
Roles Flora Atkins
Rating71% 3.5846653.5846653.5846653.5846653.584665
Une femme mystérieuse prétendant être la fille décédée d'un homme riche tente de résoudre les problèmes de son fils peu confiant et de sa fille supposée handicapée mentale. Mais une question se pose à elle : est-elle vraiment Caroline ?
Amos
Amos (1985)

Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Montgomery, Dorothy McGuire, Pat Morita, Ray Walston, James Sloyan
Roles Hester Farrell
Rating70% 3.532443.532443.532443.532443.53244
Elizabeth Montgomery interprète Daisy Daws, l'inquiétante infirmière en chef d'une résidence pour personnes âgées, qui utilise des méthodes bien étranges afin de se débarrasser de certains résidents malades et alités. Elle fait régner la terreur jusqu'à ce qu'un nouveau venu, Amos Lasher (Kirk Douglas), un homme qui ne s'en laisse pas imposer, contrecarre les projets de Daisy...
The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel, 2h25
Directed by Guy Green
Genres Drama
Actors Lindsay Wagner, Jane Wyman, Andrew Duggan, Gloria Stuart, Gary Lockwood, Brock Peters
Roles Effie Webb
Rating66% 3.3338753.3338753.3338753.3338753.333875
Set in the 1930s, a female doctor returns to her birth town in the Blue Ridge Mountains after she had spent a certain period in the big city. She now has the intention of helping the poor residents after she had learned modern medical techniques in the big city. She becomes the rival of the local medicine woman, who is not pleased with her arrival and does not trust the modern science. She also helps the local sin-eater.
Little Women, 3h20
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about writers, Political films, Children's films
Actors Meredith Baxter, Susan Dey, Eve Plumb, Dorothy McGuire, William Shatner, Ann Dusenberry
Roles Abigail "Marmee" March
Rating74% 3.70353.70353.70353.70353.7035
C'est l'histoire des quatre filles d'un médecin, le Dr March, à l'époque de la guerre de sécession. La famille vit à Concord dans le Massachusetts, la mère, la tante et chacune des jeunes filles, Meg, Jo, Beth et Amy sont dans l'attente du retour du Dr March qui est au front. Chacune des jeunes filles vit ses propres rêves.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, 2h
Directed by Hall Bartlett
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction
Themes Films about animals, Films about birds
Actors James Franciscus, Juliet Mills, Hal Holbrook, Dorothy McGuire, Philip Ahn, David Ladd
Roles Mother
Rating60% 3.001463.001463.001463.001463.00146
As the film begins, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is soaring through the sky hoping to travel at a speed more than 60 miles per hour. Eventually, with luck he is able to break that barrier, but when Jonathan returns to his own flock he is greeted with anything but applause. The Elders of the flock shame Jonathan for doing things the other seagulls never dare to do. Jonathan pleads to stay and claims that he wants to share his newfound discovery with everybody, but the Elders dismiss him as an outcast, and he is banished from the flock. Jonathan goes off on his own, believing that all hope is lost. However, he is soon greeted by mysterious seagulls from other lands who assure him that his talent is a unique one, and with them Jonathan is trained to become independent and proud of his beliefs. Eventually, Jonathan himself ends up becoming a mentor for other seagulls who are suffering the same fates in their own flocks as he once did.
Flight of the Doves
Directed by Ralph Nelson
Genres Drama
Actors Ron Moody, Jack Wild, Dorothy McGuire, Stanley Holloway, Willie Rushton, Noel Purcell
Roles Granny O'Flaherty
Rating70% 3.5144753.5144753.5144753.5144753.514475
Two Liverpool children (Londoners in the original book) set out in search of love after many years of receiving abuse from their Uncle Tobias Cromwell (Uncle Toby), Cromwell is not a blood relation to the Dove children, their mother married Cromwell and he was granted custody after her death. Finn Dove and his sister Derval are tired of their stepfather's constant abuse and neglect and they decide to run away to County Galway Ireland, where Finn and Derval's Grandmother lives. They hope when they reach their Granny O'Flaherty. But the story has a twist- the children are heirs to their grandfather's estate and stand to inherit a large fortune, around $10,000 each, upon his death but if the children are either dead or missing the money would go to their uncle- "Hawk" Dove, an unsuccessful actor known for his temper and for the fact that he will do just about anything to get what he wants, when Hawk discovers their fortune he sets out on a journey to make sure the Dove children are never seen again. The Dove children's journey across Ireland isn't easy as soon after they are discovered missing and their stepfather had been informed of the money (Hawk Dove disguised as a lawyer) he decides to bring in the police, soon they have the police, their Uncle Hawk and Uncle Toby close on their trail.
Summer Magic, 1h40
Directed by James Neilson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Musical films, Children's films
Actors Hayley Mills, Burl Ives, Dorothy McGuire, Deborah Walley, Eddie Hodges, Michael J. Pollard
Roles Mrs. Margaret Carey
Rating70% 3.5457853.5457853.5457853.5457853.545785
Financial problems force young Boston widow Margaret Carey (Dorothy McGuire) and her 3 children to move out of their home. Nancy (Hayley Mills), the dramatic and kind-hearted eldest, remembers a large yellow house that the Careys had admired when they visited the small town of Beulah, Maine, and makes an inquiry about it. Upon the sale of the family's treasured piano ("Flitterin'"), Nancy reveals that the house is vacant and the family decides to relocate to the country ("Beautiful Beulah").
Susan Slade, 1h56
Directed by Delmer Daves
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Melodrama, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality
Actors Connie Stevens, Troy Donahue, Dorothy McGuire, Lloyd Nolan, Brian Aherne, Grant Williams
Roles Leah Slade
Rating63% 3.197023.197023.197023.197023.19702
The plot revolves around a naive 17-year-old girl, Susan Slade (Connie Stevens), who becomes pregnant during a shipboard romance with Conn White, a mountain climber (Grant Williams). Her parents decide that it is best for Susan to allow them to pass the baby off as theirs to protect her reputation. Feeling helpless, Susan reluctantly agrees to pretend to be the baby's older sister. Later, two suitors, Hoyt Brecker (Troy Donahue) and Wells Corbett (Bert Convy) court Susan, not knowing that she is a mother. Susan increasingly struggles with the lie she is living with and finds it difficult to keep up the charade especially with the new love in her life.
Swiss Family Robinson, 2h8
Directed by Ken Annakin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films, Films based on Robinson Crusoe, Children's films, Disaster films, Films about seafaring accidents or incidents
Actors John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro, Sessue Hayakawa, Tommy Kirk
Roles Mother
Rating71% 3.5983.5983.5983.5983.598
A family on their way to New Guinea is chased by pirates into a storm. The captain and crew abandon the ship leaving the family shipwrecked off an uninhabited island. Father (John Mills) and his two eldest sons Fritz and Ernst (Tommy Kirk and James MacArthur) salvage as much as they can from the wreck including livestock, tools, and even an organ. As they gather what can be removed from the ship, the pirates return and begin shooting at the ship. Fritz and Ernst begin readying the ship's cannon, but they only have one shot. Suddenly, the pirates turn around; Father has put up a flag indicating the ship is under quarantine and that there is Black Death aboard. The three men construct a tree house home on the island while the youngest boy Francis (Kevin Corcoran) investigates the wildlife and starts an impressive collection of animals including a young elephant, a capuchin monkey and two Great Danes rescued from the ship which they name Duke and Turk. Mother (Dorothy McGuire) prays to be rescued. The boys, particularly Ernst, also build inventions to provide modern amenities to the family such as drawing water and preserving food.
The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, 2h4
Directed by Delbert Mann
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Robert Preston, Dorothy McGuire, Eve Arden, Angela Lansbury, Shirley Knight, Frank Overton
Roles Cora Flood
Rating70% 3.5411753.5411753.5411753.5411753.541175
The drama centers on Rubin Flood, who loses his salesman job. While searching for a new job, he must deal with his wife, Cora, who shuns intimacy and mistakes his joblessness for stinginess, his shy daughter who prepares for her first dance and his pre-teen son who runs to his mother instead of dealing with bullies. He tries to find comfort with a friend, Mavis Pruitt, thus setting off rumors of an untoward relationship.
This Earth Is Mine, 2h5
Directed by Henry King
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Rock Hudson, Jean Simmons, Dorothy McGuire, Claude Rains, Kent Smith, Anna Lee
Roles Martha Fairon
Rating65% 3.293543.293543.293543.293543.29354
In 1931, Lon Rambeau sends his daughter Elizabeth Rambeau away from London to Napa Valley, California to visit Lon's father Philippe Rambeau and Phillipe's daughter, Martha Fairon, owners of vast vineyards and a grand estate. Philippe and Martha welcome Elizabeth lavishly, then reveal the real reason for the celebration of her arrival: her betrothal, unknown to Elizabeth, between her and her cousin, Andre Swann. John Rambeau, obviously disliked by matriarch Martha, arrives at the party, flirts with Elizabeth and leads her out into the vineyards, where he mischievously reveals Rambeau family secrets: Philippe uses marriage to tighten the family hold on the valley; Phillipe's daughter, Martha and daughter-in-law, Charlotte (John's mother) had been married off to local landowners in order to increase the vineyard holdings — Phillipe now wants to marry off granddaughter Elizabeth to Andre in order to absorb the Stag's Leap District vineyard holdings in the Napa Valley. (also, Andre had wanted to become a priest, but was not allowed to do so, and had been forced to join the family business).
The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
Directed by Henry Levin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire, Ron Ely, Charles Coburn, Jill St John, Ray Stricklyn
Roles Mrs. Emily 'Ma' Pennypacker
Rating64% 3.2444253.2444253.2444253.2444253.244425