Dorothy McGuire (I) (1916–2001)

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A genuine model of sincerity, practicality and dignity in most of the roles she inhabited, actress Dorothy McGuire offered Tinseltown more talent than it probably knew what to do with. A quiet, passive beauty, she had a soothing quality to her open-faced looks and voice. She was a natural when he came to tearjerkers and she certainly had a knack ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »


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Old Yeller Katie Coates
A Summer Place Sylvia Hunter
Rich Man, Poor Man Mary Jordache


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 1990 The Last Best Year (TV Movie)
 1990 Caroline? (TV Movie)
Flora Atkins
 1988 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Margaret Garrison
- I Never Sang for My Father (1988) ... Margaret Garrison
 1986-1988 Highway to Heaven (TV Series)
Jane Thompson
- We Have Forever: Part 2 (1988) ... Jane Thompson
- We Have Forever: Part 1 (1988) ... Jane Thompson
- Keep Smiling (1986) ... Jane Thompson
 1987 Summer Heat
Narrator (voice)
 1986 American Geisha (TV Movie)
Ann Suzuki
 1986 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Augusta Endicott
- Family Affair (1986) ... Augusta Endicott
- Family Feud (1986) ... Augusta Endicott
- Family Ties (1986) ... Augusta Endicott
 1985 Between the Darkness and the Dawn (TV Movie)
Beryl Foster
 1985 Glitter (TV Series)
The Matriarch
- The Matriarch (1985) ... The Matriarch
 1985 Amos (TV Movie)
Hester Farrell
 1985 Hotel (TV Series)
Mrs. Christopher
- Skeletons (1985) ... Mrs. Christopher
 1982-1984 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Sarah Webster / Hanna Hamilton
 1984 The Young and the Restless (TV Series)
Cora Miller
- Episode #1.2874 (1984) ... Cora Miller
 1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Joan Mallory
- Three's a Crowd/Second Time Around (1983) ... Joan Mallory
 1983 Ghost Dancing (TV Movie)
Sarah Bowman
 1979 Little Women (TV Series)
Marmee March
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Marmee March
 1979 The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel (TV Movie)
Effie Webb
 1978 Little Women (TV Mini-Series)
Marmee March
- Part II (1978) ... Marmee March
- Part I (1978) ... Marmee March
 1976 Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Mini-Series)
Mary Jordache
- Part VII: Chapter 10 (1976) ... Mary Jordache
- Part VII: Chapter 9 (1976) ... Mary Jordache
- Part VI: Chapter 8 (1976) ... Mary Jordache
- Part V: Chapter 7 (1976) ... Mary Jordache
- Part III: Chapter 5 (1976) ... Mary Jordache
 1975 The Runaways (TV Movie)
Angela Lakey
 1973 Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Mother (voice)
 1972 Another Part of the Forest (TV Movie)
Lavinia Hubbard
 1972 She Waits (TV Movie)
Sarah Wilson
 1971 Flight of the Doves
Mary Magdalene St. Bridget O'Flaherty
 1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told
The Virgin Mary
 1964 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Guest Vocalist
 1963 Summer Magic
Margaret Carey
 1961 Susan Slade
Leah Slade
 1960 Swiss Family Robinson
Mother Robinson
 1959 A Summer Place
Sylvia Hunter
 1959 This Earth Is Mine
Martha Fairon
 1959 The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
Mrs. Emily 'Ma' Pennypacker
 1957 Old Yeller
Katie Coates
 1956 Friendly Persuasion
Eliza Birdwell
 1954-1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Miranda / Janet Spence
- Pale Horse, Pale Rider (1956) ... Miranda
- The Gioconda Smile (1954) ... Janet Spence
 1955 Trial
Abbe Nyle
 1954 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Tracy Lord
- The Philadelphia Story (1954) ... Tracy Lord
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Jody Norris
- To Each His Own (1954) ... Jody Norris
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- A Garden in the Sea (1954) ... Tina
 1954 Three Coins in the Fountain
Miss Frances
 1954 Make Haste to Live
Crystal Benson
 1952 Invitation
Ellen Bowker Pierce
 1951 I Want You
Nancy Greer
 1951 Callaway Went Thataway
Deborah Patterson
 1951 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Judith Traherne
- Dark Victory (1951) ... Judith Traherne
 1950 Mister 880
Ann Winslow
 1950 Mother Didn't Tell Me
Jane Morgan
 1947 Gentleman's Agreement
Kathy Lacy
 1946 Till the End of Time
Pat Ruscomb
 1946 Claudia and David
Claudia Naughton
 1946 The Spiral Staircase
 1945 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Katie Nolan
 1945 The Enchanted Cottage
Laura Pennington
 1944 Reward Unlimited (Short)
 1943 Claudia
Claudia Naughton
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Stage: Appeared (as "An Actress") in "Legend of Lovers" on Broadway. Written by Jean Anouilh. Adapted from the French play "Eurydice" by Kitty Black. Music specially composed by John Hotchkis. Directed by Peter Ashmore. Plymouth Theatre: 26 Dec 1951-12 Jan 1952 (22 performances). Cast: Richard Burton (as "A Musician"), Bruce Gordon (... See more »

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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. See more »



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