Kim McGuire, who played Mona “Hatchet-Face” Malnorowski in the John Waters film “Cry-Baby,” died Wednesday afternoon at a Florida hospital. She was 60.
McGuire was hospitalized on Tuesday with pneumonia, but did not respond to treatment and went into cardiac arrest, her husband Gene Piotrowsky told TMZ.
He also tweeted the news, writing “Today is a very sad day. Kim ‘hatchet-face’ McGuire, my best friend and the love of my life, past [sic] away this afternoon. I love you so much.”
A GoFundMe page was set up a by a friend on Wednesday night to aid Piotrowsky.
McGuire was born in New Orleans in 1955. Her first role was in 1990’s “Cry-Baby,” starring Johnny Depp as a teen able to cry on command. She also starred that year in the horror thriller “Disturbed” opposite Malcolm McDowell.
McGuire also appeared in the Mark Frost-David Lynch series “On the Air” about a group of performer trying to stage a live variety show. She became an entertainment and appellate lawyer, and passed the bar in California and Alabama.
McGuire and Piotrowsky, a TV producer, were living in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck the city in 2005. Their home was destroyed and most of their possessions were washed away in the deluge. Shortly after the tragedy, they relocated to Mississippi and then eventually to Naples, Fla.
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