Kim McGuire, the Tough Girl Hatchet-Face in John Waters' 'Cry-Baby,' Dies at 60
She later appeared as a regular on the short-lived David Lynch series 'On the Air.'
Kim McGuire, who portrayed tough girl Mona "Hatchet-Face" Malnorowski opposite Johnny Depp in the John Waters musical comedy Cry-Baby, has died. She was 60.
McGuire, who had been living in Naples, Fla., died Wednesday, her friend Suzy Hixson reported on a GoFundMe page that has been set up to help the actress' husband, Gene Piotrowsky. The Twitter account of the late Waters regular Divine also posted the news.
In Cry-Baby (1990), Waters' cult follow-up to Hairspray, McGuire played the knife-licking, facially contorting Hatchet-Face, one of the group of delinquents known as The Drapes. When a judge in a courtroom scene apologizes to her for her face, she replies, "There's nothing the matter with my face. I got character!"
In her review for The New York Times, Janet Maslin called Hatchet-Face a “hideously contorted floozy” who is “too frightening to be funny.”
In casting materials for the role, Waters said that he wanted an actress for Hatchet-Face with "the body of Jayne Mansfield and the face of Margaret Hamilton … [and] nobody, but nobody, gives her grief.”
A native of New Orleans, McGuire also appeared opposite Malcolm McDowell in Disturbed (1990) and had a regular role in 1992 on the short-lived David Lynch ABC series On the Air. She left Hollywood in the late 1990s to practice law.