Birth Name: Maggie McNamara
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Death Place: New York City, New York, USA
A teenage fashion model, McNamara studied dance and drama for three years before making it onto Broadway in 1951; the style of the dutiful neophyte would never leave her. She soon enjoyed success when she replaced Barbara Bel Geddes in the lead of the coy, smarmy sex farce "The Moon Is Blue". When Otto Preminger combated Hollywood's Production Code head-on by refusing to remove the words "virgin", "mistress", "pregnant" and "seduction" from his 1953 film adaptation, the resulting notoriety meant that McNamara was in a huge hit in her film debut. Critical opinion was extremely split on her somewhat mannered pertness, but she copped an Oscar nomination that year as Best Actress.Signed by Fox, ...
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