Her screen career was brief, lasting from 1917–1919. Her Screen Idol (1918) stars Ford Sterling and Louise Fazenda. McGowan has fourth billing as A Society Daughter.
The comedy is somewhat different than others released previously by Sennett.
The motion picture satirizes the matinee idol, the character played by Sterling. He depicts an individual with small vanities who covets adulation.
McGowan more than twenty motion picture credits include Villa of the Movies (1917), The Summer Girls (1918), Two Tough Tenderfeet (1918), She Loved Him Plenty (1918), and When Love Is Blind (1919). The latter is an uncredited role.