Marguerite "Maggie" McNamara,American stage, film,television actress.
Born in New York City, McNamara was one of four children born to Irish American parents. She attended Textile High School in New Yorkworked as a teen model while studying dramadance.In 1951, she began her acting career when she took over Barbara Bel Geddes role as Patty ONeill in the stage production of The Moon Is Blue.Later that year, she made her Broadway debut in The King of Fridays Men.
In 1953, she went to Hollywood to reprise her role in Otto Premingers film version of The Moon Is Blue. Her performance earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actressa BAFTA nomination for Most Promising Newcomer to Film. McNamaras second film role was in Three Coins in the Fountain (1954). Although her career started off well, she made only two more films after Three Coins. In the early 1960s, she appeared in several television shows including an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled "Ring-a-Ding Girl". McNamaras last onscreen role was in a 1964 episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour entitled "The Body in the Barn".
McNamara was married to actor/director David Swift. The marriage ended in divorceMcNamara never remarried.After her last onscreen role in 1964, McNamara fell out of public viewspent her later years working as a typist in New York City. In February 1978, she was found dead after a deliberate overdose of sleeping pills.According to police reports, she left a suicide notehad a history of mental illness.
Maggie McNamara is interred in Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Isl, New York.