Margaret Whitton, American actress, Died at 67

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Margaret Ann Whitton was born on November 30, 1949, and died on December 4, 2016.

She was an American stage, film and television actress.

Margaret’s first work was on the New York stage, where she worked as a dog walker between parts.

She was born in Fort Meade, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore.

Whitton was first noticeably appeared on the stage in 1973, billed as Peggy Whitton.

During the early 1980s, she began to be billed by her birth name and made her Broadway debut in 1982’s Steaming.

She did her primary film work between 1986 and 1993.

Whitton’s most visible roles were that of Michael J. Fox’s character’s under-appreciated aunt-by-marriage in The Secret of My Success (1987), and as the spiteful baseball team owner Rachel Phelps in Major League (1989), and its sequel, Major League II (1994).

She also appeared in the Robin Williams-Kurt Russell vehicle The Best of Times (1986) and in Mel Gibson’s The Man Without a Face (1993).

Whitton’s 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 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 dramedy Hometown.

During 1989, she played a divorcee in the short-lived ABC comedy series A Fine Romance.

Whitton later starred in the 1991 sitcom Good & Evil, playing the good-natured sister opposite Teri Garr as her evil executive sibling.

That series was canceled by after six episodes.

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.

She was married twice.

Margaret’s first marriage ended in divorce.

Whitton married, secondly, to Warren Spector, a one-time Bear, Stearns & Co. executive.

She died due to cancer.

Margaret Whitton passed away at 67 years old.

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