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Margaret Whitton is a Actor and Co-Executive Producer American born on 30 november 1950 at Philadelphia (USA)

Margaret Whitton

Margaret Whitton
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Nationality USA
Birth 30 november 1950 at Philadelphia (USA)
Death 4 december 2016 (at 66 years)

Margaret Whitton (born November 30, 1950) is an American stage, film and television actress, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her first work was on the New York stage, where she worked as a dog walker between parts. She first noticeably appeared on the stage in 1973, billed as Peggy Whitton. In the early 1980s, she began to be billed by her birth name and made her Broadway debut in 1982's Steaming.

Whitton did her primary film work between 1986 and 1993. Her most visible roles were that of baseball team owner Rachel Phelps in Major League (1989) and it sequel Major League II, and as Michael J. Fox's vibrant, sexy and under-appreciated aunt-by-marriage in The Secret of My Success (1987). She appeared in the Robin Williams-Kurt Russell vehicle The Best of Times (1986) and in Mel Gibson's The Man Without a Face (1993). Her other films roles included parts in National Lampoon Goes to the Movies (1982), Love Child (1982) and 9 1/2 Weeks (1986) as Molly.

She has worked as a television actress, with appearances in the soap operas One Life to Live and The Doctors. Her first primetime role was in CBS's 1985 Hometown. A 1989 part had her as a divorcee in the short-lived ABC screwball comedy series A Fine Romance. She was featured in the 1991 sitcom Good & Evil, in which she had the role of the good-natured sister in contrast to her evil executive sibling, played by Teri Garr. The series had low ratings and was cancelled by ABC after six episodes.

After her seven year experiment with film, she 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), and in the original, award-winning musical Marlene (1999), starring Siân Phillips as Marlene Dietrich. Today, she is the president of independent film producer Tashtego Films ( The non-theatrical rights to her play A Bird of the Air were acquired by Freestyle Digital Media. It was based upon the novel The Loop as by Joe Coomer and was adapted for film by Roger Towne.


Margaret Whitton is married to former Bear, Stearns & Co. executive Warren Spector. Spector was responsible for the collapse of two Bear Stearns hedge funds that had invested in mortgage-backed assets and lost $1.6 billion of investor capital. The funds' meltdown tarnished the firm's risk-averse reputation and triggered a repricing of mortgage-related securities that produced more than $195 billion of losses at banks and brokers worldwide. Whitton is a fan of the New York Yankees.

Best films

The Secret of My Success (1987)
Nine 1/2 Weeks (1986)

Usually with

David S. Ward
David S. Ward
(2 films)
James Gammon
James Gammon
(3 films)
Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
(2 films)
Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger
(2 films)
Gary Barber
Gary Barber
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Margaret Whitton (14 films)

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Major League II, 1h45
Directed by David S. Ward
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films, Baseball films
Actors Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Richard Schiff, Corbin Bernsen, Jesse Ventura, Jay Leno
Roles Rachel Phelps
Rating56% 2.800682.800682.800682.800682.80068
Last season, the Cleveland Indians won the division title by beating the New York Yankees in a one-game playoff, but they were defeated in the ALCS by the Chicago White Sox.
Trial by Jury, 1h47
Directed by Heywood Gould
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Actors Joanne Whalley, Armand Assante, Gabriel Byrne, William Hurt, Kathleen Denise Quinlan, Mike Starr
Roles Jane Lyle, Juror
Rating54% 2.702922.702922.702922.702922.70292
Crime boss Rusty Pirone (Armand Assante) is about to stand trial again and Daniel Graham (Gabriel Byrne) of the district attorney's office is determined this time to put him behind bars.
Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills, 1h35
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Edward James Olmos, Beverly D'Angelo, Damian Chapa, Travis Fine, Debrah Farentino, Julio Oscar Mechoso
Roles Leslie Abramson
Rating61% 3.096283.096283.096283.096283.09628
L'histoire vraie de Lyle et Erik Menendez, accusés d'avoir assassiné leurs parents pour hériter de leur fortune estimée à plusieurs millions de dollars.
The Man Without a Face, 1h55
Directed by Mel Gibson
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Nick Stahl, Mel Gibson, Margaret Whitton, Geoffrey Lewis, Gaby Hoffmann, Richard Masur
Roles Catherine Palin
Rating66% 3.348293.348293.348293.348293.34829
The film takes place in the late 1960s. For the past seven years, Justin McLeod (Gibson) has been living an isolated existence as a reclusive painter following a car accident which left him disfigured on the right side of his face and chest by burns sustained in a post-crash fire.
Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even, 1h44
Directed by Joan Micklin Silver
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Hillary Wolf, Griffin Dunne, Patricia Kalember, Ben Savage, Adrienne Shelly, Dan Futterman
Roles Melinda
Rating62% 3.1483353.1483353.1483353.1483353.148335
Laura Chartoff is a teenage girl in a large dysfunctional family. After her parent's divorce, her father, David, has now accumulated three more ex-wives, a four year old daughter (with fourth wife Barbara), and is living with Stephanie – who is in advanced pregnancy with his twins. Laura's mother, Melinda, had her own two-day marriage and is now married to her third husband, Keith Power. Keith is a successful businessman and a widower with three kids of his own – resentful adult son Josh, self-obsessed teenaged daughter Corinne (who bonds with her similarly shallow step-mother), and teenaged son Kurt. Added to the mix of siblings and step-siblings is halfbrother and ten year old genius Sam, the result of an unexpected pregnancy for Melinda and Keith.
Major League, 1h47
Directed by David S. Ward
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films, Baseball films
Actors Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Rene Russo, Margaret Whitton, James Gammon
Roles Rachel Phelps
Rating71% 3.598333.598333.598333.598333.59833
Former Las Vegas showgirl Rachel Phelps (Margaret Whitton) has inherited the Cleveland Indians baseball team from her deceased husband. Phelps has received a lucrative deal to move the team to Miami, and she aims to trigger the escape clause in the team's contract with Cleveland if season attendance falls below minimum levels. To do this, she fires most of the existing players and has her new General Manager Charlie Donovan bring in new ones from a list of aging veterans and inexperienced rookies, hoping to make the worst team ever that would certainly cause attendance to decline. Donovan hires Lou Brown, a former coach from the Toledo Mud Hens to lead the team.
Little Monsters, 1h43
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Children's films
Actors Fred Savage, Daniel Stern, Howie Mandel, Margaret Whitton, Devin Ratray, Rick Ducommun
Roles Holly Stevenson
Rating59% 2.9994252.9994252.9994252.9994252.999425
Lonely after moving away from friends, Brian finds himself blamed for several things he apparently has not done. A quart of ice cream is left in the cupboard, Brian's bike is left on the driveway (causing his father to crash into it on his way to work). Brian insists he is innocent and blames his brother, Eric, who claims to have seen a monster the night before. As revenge, Brian snatches Eric's lunch and tosses it out the window, hitting Ronnie Coleman, the school bully who boards the bus and antagonizes Brian.
The Secret of My Success, 1h51
Directed by Herbert Ross
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Michael J. Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan, Margaret Whitton, John Pankow, Fred Gwynne
Roles Vera Prescott
Rating64% 3.249893.249893.249893.249893.24989
Brantley Foster (Michael J. Fox) is a recent graduate of Kansas State University who moves to New York City where he has landed a job as a financier. Upon arriving, he discovers that the company for which he is supposed to work has been taken over by a rival corporation. As a result, Brantley is laid off before he even starts working.
Baby Boom
Baby Boom (1987)
, 1h50
Directed by Charles Shyer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Diane Keaton, Harold Ramis, Sam Wanamaker, Sam Shepard, James Spader, John Philbin
Roles Executive In Conference Room (uncredited)
Rating63% 3.150123.150123.150123.150123.15012
J.C. Wiatt (Diane Keaton) is a driven Manhattan career woman (nicknamed the "Tiger Lady") typical of the 1980s whose fast-paced life leaves her with no time for romance or relaxation (or as the narrator in the beginning puts it she works "5 to 9"), though she derives pleasure from her frantic schedule and demanding job. She works as a management consultant and lives with an investment banker (Harold Ramis), whose job and life are likewise hectic. Her life is thrown into turmoil when she inherits a toddler, Elizabeth (twins Kristina and Michelle Kennedy), from a deceased cousin whom she hadn't seen in over 30 years.
Ironweed (1987)
, 2h23
Directed by Héctor Babenco
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about alcoholism, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Diane Venora, Margaret Whitton
Roles Katrina
Rating66% 3.347333.347333.347333.347333.34733
Francis Phelan (Jack Nicholson) is a washed-up baseball player who deserted his family back in the 1910s when he accidentally dropped his son and killed him. It is assumed in the film that he was drunk at the time until he later claims he was just tired and doesn't understand why no one will believe him. Since then, Phelan has been a bum, punishing himself. Wandering into his hometown of Albany, New York on Halloween in 1938, Phelan seeks out his lover and drinking companion, Helen Archer (Meryl Streep). The two meet up in a mission managed by Reverend Chester (James Gammon), and later in Oscar Reo's (Fred Gwynne) gin mill. Over the next few days, Phelan takes a few minor jobs to support his habit, haunted by visions of his past. Francis comes back to his old family house and tries a reconciliation with his wife Annie Phelan (Carroll Baker), his son Billy (Michael O'Keefe) and Peg (Diane Venora). Meanwhile, a group of local vigilantes take it upon themselves to drive the homeless out of Albany. During the course of the day, a series of events change Francis' life forever.
Nine 1/2 Weeks, 1h52
Directed by Adrian Lyne
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Erotic, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, BDSM in films, Erotic thriller films, Striptease
Actors Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Margaret Whitton, Christine Baranski, David Margulies, Karen Young
Roles Molly
Rating59% 2.9523352.9523352.9523352.9523352.952335
The title of the film refers to the duration of a relationship between Wall Street arbitrageur John Gray (Mickey Rourke) and divorced SoHo art gallery employee Elizabeth McGraw (Kim Basinger). John initiates and controls the various experimental sexual practices of this volatile relationship to push Elizabeth's boundaries. In doing so, Elizabeth experiences a gradual downward spiral toward emotional breakdown.
The Best of Times, 1h39
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Sports films, American football films
Actors Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed, Holly Palance, Donald Moffat, Margaret Whitton
Roles Darla Robinson
Rating59% 2.99772.99772.99772.99772.9977
Jack Dundee (Williams) is a banker obsessed with what he considers the most shameful moment in his life: dropping a perfectly thrown pass in the final seconds of the 1972 high school football game between Taft and their arch rivals, Bakersfield, which ended in a scoreless tie.
National Lampoon's Movie Madness, 1h29
Directed by Bob Giraldi, Henry Jaglom
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Peter Riegert, Diane Lane, Ann Dusenberry, Robert Culp, Candy Clark, Robby Benson
Roles First Lady Lousille Fogerty ("Success Wanters")
Rating32% 1.6193451.6193451.6193451.6193451.619345
Love Child
Love Child (1982)
, 1h36
Directed by Larry Peerce
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Crime, Romance
Themes Prison films
Actors Amy Madigan, Beau Bridges, Mackenzie Phillips, Albert Salmi, Joanna Merlin, Margaret Whitton
Roles Jacki Steinberg
Rating57% 2.8579152.8579152.8579152.8579152.857915
Terry Jean Moore (Madigan) was convicted of a crime at the age of 19 and over the time she spent in prison, she meets a guard named Jack Hansen (Bridges). The two fall in love and Moore ends up having his child. Terry has to face the possibility of losing her baby, but she takes up the fight to keep the baby.


Casting By
Casting By (2012)
, 1h29
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities
Actors Marion Dougherty, Lynn Stalmaster, Woody Allen, Jeff Bridges, Glenn Close, Robert De Niro
Roles Co-Executive Producer
Rating75% 3.787123.787123.787123.787123.78712
The film is a celebration of the casting profession, highlighting its previously unsung role in film history while also serving as an elegy to the lost era of the New Hollywood. It focuses on casting pioneer Marion Dougherty, an iconoclast whose exquisite taste, tenacity and gut instincts brought a new kind of actor to the screen that would mark the end of the old studio system and help to usher in this revolutionary new period. The film draws a line through the last half century to show us the profession’s evolution from studio system type-casting to the rise of large ensemble films populated with unique and diverse casts.