Margaret Whitton

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Margaret Whitton
Margaret Whitton in Major League (1989)
Margaret Ann Whitton

(1949-11-30)November 30, 1949
DiedDecember 4, 2016(2016-12-04) (aged 67)
Other namesPeggy Whitton
OccupationActress, director, writer, producer.
Years active1965–2016
    Warren Spector
    (m. 1993)

Margaret Ann Whitton (November 30, 1949 – December 4, 2016) was an American stage, film, and television actress. [2]


Life and career

Whitton was born on Fort Meade, Maryland, a US Army base in the suburbs 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. [1] She made her Off-Broadway debut in 1973 with Baby Goya, and her Broadway debut in 1982's Steaming . [3]

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), [4] 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). [5]

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 the 1985 dramedy Hometown . [5] In 1989, Whitton played a divorcee in the short-lived comedy series A Fine Romance . [6] She later starred in the 1991 sitcom Good & Evil , which was cancelled after six episodes. [7]

Whitton returned to the stage, appearing on Broadway in And the Apple Doesn't Fall... (1995), as Mac in Jeffrey Hatcher's The Three Viewings (1995), [8] and in the original musical Marlene (1999).

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. [9] At the time of her death, Whitton served as president of Tashtego Films, an independent-film production company, co-founded with producer Steven Tabakin.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

Whitton was married to Bear, Stearns & Co. executive Warren Spector from 1993 until her death in 2016. [10]


Whitton died on December 4, 2016, four days after her 67th birthday, at her home in Florida after a brief battle with cancer. [1] [3]



1972ParadesJaneCredited as Peggy Whitton
1974 Teenage Hitchhikers Sola AlcoaCredited as Peggy Whitton
1982 National Lampoon's Movie Madness Lousille Fogerty
1982 Love Child Jackie Steinberg
1986 The Best of Times Darla
1986 9½ Weeks Molly
1987 The Secret of My Success Vera Prescott
1987 Baby Boom Executive in Conference RoomUncredited
1987 Ironweed Katrina Dougherty
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)


1975–76 The Doctors Joan DancyUnknown episodes
1984 Miami Vice Cassie BramletteEpisode: "Glades"
1985 Hometown Barbara Donnelly10 episodes
1986 Spenser: For Hire Ellen CaloneEpisode: "Widow's Walk"
1987 Tales from the Darkside Mary JonesEpisode: "Mary, Mary"
1987Cat & MousseMiriamTelevision short film
1988 Spenser: For Hire Janet ColeEpisode: "Substantial Justice"
1989 A Fine Romance Louisa Phillips13 episodes
1990Kojak: None So BlindMichele HogarthTelevision film
1991The Summer My Father Grew UpNaomiTelevision film
1991 Good & Evil Genevieve6 episodes
1993 Cutters Adrienne St. John5 episodes
1994 Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills Leslie AbramsonTelevision film

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