Dorothy McGuire Is Survived by Daughter Topo Swope Who Inherited Mother's Beauty and Continues Her Legacy
Dorothy McGuire enjoyed an extended career in Hollywood, but her facial appeal was more striking than anything else, and her daughter Topo Swope seems to have inherited her beauty.
Dorothy McGuire was an actress whose work in movies like "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "Swiss Family Robinson" made her popular. She enjoyed a career that spanned more than forty years and appeared in more than forty movies.
Although she hardly got any awards, McGuire was recognized for her contribution to the motion picture industry. Aside from her acting skills, McGuire was also popular for her ageless looks.
Picture of "Swiss Family Robinson" actress Dorothy McGuire | Photo: Getty Images
The actress retained her youthful looks over the years, which she eventually passed down to her daughter, Topo, who now runs a talent agency and keeps the legacy left by her mother alive. Meet McGuire.
WHO WAS MCGUIRE?
McGuire was born on June 14, 1916, in Omaha, Nebraska. Her career spanned from 1943 to 1990, but as one of the leading ladies of her time, McGuire showed exemplary courage and determination when playing her roles.
On and off the screen, the late 83-year-old was passionate and sweet. Her calm composure made it easy for her to be adored by fans and many American wives.
Dorothy McGuire poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, California circa 1987 | Photo: Getty Images
Just like her contemporaries Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, McGuire was stunning; however, she did not command the same sexual appeal the others did. According to producer Darryl F. Zanuck, she was just an angel.
The former actress came from a comfortable background and had a fairly good start in life. Her father, Thomas Johnson McGuire, was a lawyer, while her mother, Isabel Flaherty, was a well-to-do career woman.
McGuire studied at the Omaha Junior College in Nebraska, and later on, she moved to "Ladywood Convent" in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1936, McGuire enrolled at the Pine Major Junior College.
Dorothy McGuire (1916-2001) wearing a white cardigan over a black high-neck blouse with a pearl necklace, in a studio portrait, circa 1950. | Photo: Getty Images
After her graduation at the age of 19, McGuire was already a groomed actress. Her career began a few years earlier, at age 13, when she successfully acted in "A Kiss for Cinderella," which also starred Henry Fonda.
The role was well contested by over 200 applicants, but it was an easy choice for the film directors after they set their eyes on the young McGuire.
McGuire developed her acting skills with the support of her wealthy father. After the early success she garnered in her Broadway career, she searched for more demanding roles, which meant she had to go to Hollywood.
Dorothy McGuire (1916-2001) sitting on a chair, wearing a black top with red and blue trim and a blue skirt in a studio portrait, circa 1940. | Photo: Getty Images
After leaving college in 1937, McGuire focused full-time on acting, and after playing some roles in New York, she acted in a popular radio soap opera, "Big Sister." After some touring, she was offered a seven-year film contract by David O. Selznick.
In 1943, McGuire was loaned to 20th Century Fox to star opposite Robert Young in the hit film "Claudia," where she successfully played the role of Claudia Naughton. McGuire then found love and married photographer John Swope during the Broadway run of "Claudia."
In the 1944 film "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn," McGuire showed her acting prowess when she played the poor wife of a drunken waiter, and later on, she took up the role of a lonely, plain woman married to an unhappy, deformed First World War veteran in the 1945 film "The Enchanted Cottage."
Fashion portrait of CBS Radio actress, Dorothy McGuire on October 11, 1940. | Photo: Getty Images
McGuire was nominated for an Academy Award for her part as a socialite divorcee in the 1947 film "Gentleman's Agreement." The movie went on to open more doors for her career-wise, and she played more leading roles in the years that followed.
For her work as "Miss Frances" in the romantic film "Three Coins in the Fountain," McGuire received a Best Actress nomination from the New York Film Critics Circle in 1954.
Also, in the same year, she starred as Crystal Benson in the movie "Make Haste to Live," which proved to be a great hit. McGuire received some award nominations during her career, although not as much as she would have hoped for.
Dorothy McGuire in a scene from the film "Friendly Persuasion," 1956. | Photo: Getty Images
The 1976 movie "Rich Man, Poor Man" earned her an Emmy Award nomination, and later on, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the movie industry.
McGuire retired from acting after some time as she battled some health issues. The actress remained with her husband, John Swope, until his death in 1971.
The duo shared two children, a daughter named Topo, who followed in McGuire's steps and became an actress, and a son, Mark, who became a photographer and an artist.
Fashion portrait of CBS Radio actress, Dorothy McGuire taken on October 11, 1940. | Photo: Getty Images
In 2001, the aged actress suffered a fall that broke her leg, and later that year, McGuire died at age 83 from heart failure in a Santa Monica hospital. Her death was widely mourned by her fans and followers.
DOROTHY MCGUIRE'S DAUGHTER, TOPO
Like her mother, Topo wields similar ageless looks that once captivated the world, and one can easily see the striking resemblance between Topo and her late mom.
After her brief stint in acting, Topo realized where her true passion lay, and it is in being a talent manager and an artist. The actress loves to share pictures from her beautiful life on her social media, and it looks like she enjoys her world.
Topo Swope portrays Sis, wife of a bungling jewel thief in a scene from the film "The Hot Rock," circa 1971. | Photo: Getty Images
Topo's wealth of experience in her career in front of the camera has led her to work with some of the industry's top stars, and in 1994, she took the bold step of opening a talent agency that now represents a long list of actors and other celebrities.
The 73-year-old loves what she does and is said to be a true professional. Topo is devoted to acting and enjoys supporting her actors by attending performances at the theater.
Although she might not have attained a renowned status as an actress, she has done an excellent job keeping the legacy left by her mom, McGuire.