Margaret Whitton in Major League (1989)
Margaret Ann Whitton
November 30, 1949
|Died||December 4, 2016 (aged 67)|
Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Other names||Peggy Whitton|
|Occupation||Actress, director, writer, producer.|
Margaret Ann Whitton (November 30, 1949 – December 4, 2016) was an American stage, film, and television actress.
Life and career
Whitton was born in Fort Meade, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. She spent many of her formative years in Japan; her father was an Army colonel, and her mother was a nurse. The family eventually relocated to Haddonfield, New Jersey, and then to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where Whitton started acting at Northeast High School. She made her Off-Broadway debut in 1973 with Baby Goya, and her Broadway debut in 1982's Steaming.
Whitton did her primary film work between 1986 and 1993. Her most visible roles were that of socialite Vera Prescott in The Secret of My Success (1987), and spiteful baseball team owner Rachel Phelps in Major League (1989), and its sequel, Major League II (1994). Whitton also appeared in The Best of Times (1986) and The Man Without a Face (1993). Her other film roles included parts in National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (1982), Love Child (1982) and 9½ Weeks (1986).
Whitton worked as a television actress, with appearances in the soap operas One Life to Live and The Doctors. Her first prime time role was in CBS's 1985 dramedy Hometown. In 1989, Whitton played a divorcee in the short-lived ABC comedy series A Fine Romance. She later starred in the 1991 sitcom Good & Evil, which was cancelled after six episodes.
Distribution rights to her film A Bird of the Air were acquired by Freestyle Digital Media. It was based upon the novel The Loop by Joe Coomer and was adapted for film by Roger Towne. At the time of her death, Whitton served as president of an independent-film production company, Tashtego Films, which she co-founded with producer Steven Tabakin.
Whitton was married twice and had no children, her first marriage was to Bill Russell from 1970-1978 (divorced). Her second and current marriage was to Bear, Stearns & Co. executive Warren Specter from 1993-2016 (her death).
|1972||Parades||Jane||Credited as Peggy Whitton|
|1974||Teenage Hitchhikers||Sola Alcoa||Credited as Peggy Whitton|
|1982||National Lampoon's Movie Madness||Lousille Fogerty|
|1982||Love Child||Jackie Steinberg|
|1986||The Best of Times||Darla|
|1987||The Secret of My Success||Vera Prescott|
|1987||Baby Boom||Executive in Conference Room||Uncredited|
|1989||Major League||Rachel Phelps|
|1989||Little Monsters||Holly Stevenson|
|1992||Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even||Melinda Chartoff Powers|
|1993||The Man Without a Face||Catherine Palin|
|1994||Major League II||Rachel Phelps|
|1994||Trial by Jury||Jane Lyle||(final film role)|
|1976||The Doctors||Joan Dancy||Unknown episodes|
|1984||Miami Vice||Cassie Bramlette||Episode: "Glades"|
|1985||Hometown||Barbara Donnelly||10 episodes|
|1986||Spenser: For Hire||Ellen Calone||Episode: "Widow's Walk"|
|1987||Tales from the Darkside||Mary Jones||Episode: "Mary, Mary"|
|1987||Cat & Mousse||Miriam||Television short film|
|1988||Spenser: For Hire||Janet Cole||Episode: "Substantial Justice"|
|1989||A Fine Romance||Louisa Phillips||13 episodes|
|1990||Kojak: None So Blind||Michele Hogarth||Television film|
|1991||The Summer My Father Grew Up||Naomi||Television film|
|1991||Good & Evil||Genevieve||6 episodes|
|1993||Cutters||Adrienne St. John||5 episodes|
|1994||Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills||Leslie Abramson||Television film|
- Sandomir, Richard (December 6, 2016). "Margaret Whitton, Major League Actress, Dies at 67". The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
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- Edgington, K.; Erskine, Thomas L.; Welsh, James (2010), Encyclopedia of Sports Films, Scarecrow Press, pp. 302–305, ISBN 0810876523.
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- Cohan, William D. (2010), House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street, Anchor Books, p. 269, ISBN 0767930894.
- Margaret Whitton on IMDb
- Margaret Whitton at the Internet Broadway Database
- Margaret Whitton at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Margaret Whitton at AllMovie
- A Bird of the Air official website
- Smith, Nigel M. (September 22, 2011). "In Her Own Words: Margaret Whitton Shares a Scene From A Bird of the Air". IndieWire. SnagFilms Co. Retrieved 2012-05-28.