William Anthony McGuire (July 9, 1881 - September 16, 1940) was a playwright, theatre director, and producer and an Academy Award-winning American screenwriter, including The Kid From Spain (1932) starring Eddie Cantor. McGuire won an Oscar for the 1936 film The Great Ziegfeld.Born in Chicago, Illinois, McGuire made his Broadway debut in 1910 as author of the play The Heights. He went on to write, direct, and produce Twelve Miles Out (1925) and If I Was Rich (1926) and write and direct Rosalie (1928), Whoopee! (1928), The Three Musketeers (1928), and Show Girl (1929). McGuire is quoted by the gossip columnist Sidney Skolsky as saying of his profession and milieu, "Broadway's a great street when you're going up. When you're going down -- take Sixth Avenue."McGuire died of uremia in Beverly Hills, California.