The south is losing their jewels this month. First, Savannah lost The Lady Chablis when she sashayed on to the afterworld to read the angels. And yesterday, New Orleans lost Kim McGuire, who was one of the best parts of Cry-Baby. Kim was 60.
The Divine Facebook page broke the sad news yesterday. They also linked to a GoFundMe page that was started by Kim’s friend to help out her husband Gene Piotrowsky. Kim and Gene lived in Naples, FL. Gene tells TMZ that Kim caught a serious case of pneumonia earlier this week and was admitted to the ICU. The treatment for her pneumonia did her more bad than good and she went into cardiac arrest yesterday.
Kim was born and grew up in New Orleans and got her law degree at Loyola University School of Law. She put her plans to be a lawyer on hold to follow her dream of becoming an actress. Wikipedia says that John Waters had planned to do a stand-alone Hatchet-Face movie about a hot woman who’s Jayne Mansfield in the body and Margaret Hamilton in the face. That didn’t pan out so he put the character in 1990’s Cry-Baby. Kim got the role just a millisecond after she auditioned for it. And nobody worked a wonky eyebrow situation, a back alley cat eye and current day Depp teeth better than her!
Kim went on to act in Dream On, On the Air and Serial Mom. Wikipedia also claims that Kim got the role of Annie Wilkes in Misery, but producers eventually went with Kathy Bates, who won the Oscar, instead. Kim went back into law in the mid-90s and she and Gene eventually moved to Mississippi. They lost everything in Hurricane Katrina and lived in Alabama for a bit before moving to Florida.
Here’s a supercut of Hatchet-Face’s best moments:
Rest in peace, Kim. Rest in peace, Hatchet-Face.