Phyllis McGuire Dies: Lead Singer And Last Of Pop Trio McGuire Sisters Was 89 – Deadline

31December 2020

Phyllis McGuire, the youngest of the harmonizing, chart-topping trio The McGuire Sisters, passed away Tuesday at her estate in Las Vegas. She was 89.

McGuire lived a storied life. Discovered when she and her siblings tried out for Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts in 1952, Phyllis and the older Christine and Dorothy McGuire characterized a particular sweet picture of America in the 1950s. Through multiple appearances on The Ed Sullivan Program in addition to the range programs of Milton Berle, Perry Como, Andy Williams and Red Skelton, the siblings used a sugary counterpoint to the growing wave of rock ‘n’ roll acts.

The trio, who matched their hairstyles and gowns, offered millions of records. They visited thoroughly throughout the ’50s and ’60s, released chart-topping performances of “Seriously” and “Sugartime” and sang for 5 U.S. presidents. The group separated in 1968.

Phyllis, who sang lead, released an effective solo profession and typically played in Vegas, where she likewise settled. Her 26,000-square-foot house there was the things of legend, boasting an Arc de Triomphe, a structurally incorporated 45-foot variation of the Eiffel Tower and a moat with swans in it. In 1989, McGuire offered Barbara Walters a look at her estate and jewelry collection that included a 34-karat diamond.

Her love life was the stuff of legend, as well. In 1961, McGuire met and began seeing mobster Sam Giancana. The public discovery of their relationship harmed her girl-next-door image.

She was compelled to affirm about the relationship before a grand jury in Chicago in 1965. McGuire informed the jury she traveled all over the world with Giancana and she understood he was rumored to be a mobster, however understood nothing about that side of his life.

“It makes me look dreadful,” McGuire later informed the press. “It would be different if I were on my own, however I’m not a single— I’m part of a trio. My sis and my parents– they’re brokenhearted about this.” Giancana was killed at his house in 1975.

Her relationship with Giancana was the topic of HBO’s Sugartime in 1995. Mary-Louise Parker played the singer and John Turturro played Giancana.

McGuire was married only once, really early in life. She informed Walters, “It was a dreadful mistake.” While her sisters mainly retired, married and had children, Phyllis sang on.

The trio reunited in 1986. They toured nightclubs and played casinos in Vegas. The sis were inducted into the National Broadcasting Hall of Popularity in 1994 and the Vocal Group Hall of Popularity severn years later. In 2004 they performed on the PBS special Magic Moments: Finest of 50’s Pop.

Outside of singing, McGuire acted opposite her good friend Frank Sinatra in 1963’s Come Blow Your Horn.

Phyllis, who was born in Middletown, Ohio, on Feb. 14, 1931, was preceded in death by Dorothy in 2012 and Christine in 2018. She shared her lavish estate with long time companion Mike Davis, an oil magnate who passed away in 2016.


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