Kim McGuire, actress in John Waters film 'Cry-Baby,' dead at age 60

NAPLES, Fla. — Kim McGuire, who played the character known as "Hatchet-Face" in the John Waters film "Cry-Baby," has died. She was 60.

Her husband, Gene Piotrowsky, confirmed his wife's death Thursday to The Associated Press. Piotrowsky said she died Wednesday at a Naples, Florida, hospital of complications from pneumonia.

McGuire acted in several TV shows and films in the 1990s, but was best known playing opposite Johnny Depp in 1990's "Cry-Baby" as grotesque Mona 'Hatchet-Face' Malnorowski, a member of a teenage gang headed by Depp's character.

"We were looking for someone with an alarming face and a good body, that's all the [casting] notice said," Waters said Thursday. "The casting woman that worked with Pat [Moran] in L.A. saw her picture in a pile for extras and thought, 'Wow, this is a special look here.'


"She was great," recalled Waters, who said he had kept in occasional contact with McGuire over the years. "We made her much more alarming-looking than she really was. ... She was very sweet and very funny, and a real team player. She got along with everybody really well.

"She made that role hers."


In 1992, McGuire was a cast member on the short-lived ABC television series "On the Air," from Mark Frost and David Lynch, the creators of "Twin Peaks."

Piotrowsky said McGuire later became an attorney specializing in family law and children's issues. He said she wrote several books, on topics ranging from bullying to the couple's experiences in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home in 2005.

A private service is planned.

Baltimore Sun reporter Chris Kaltenbach contributed to this article. 

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