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Hollywood Mourns The Death Of One Of The ‘80s Most Memorable Actresses

Margaret Whitton, best known for playing the spiteful owner of the Cleveland Indians in the Major League movies, has passed away at 67. Hollywood mourns the loss of one of the ‘80s most memorable actresses who proved her talent both in front of and behind the camera.

Born in Fort Meade, Maryland, Whitton’s career began on the New York stage where she appeared in off-Broadway gems, being billed as Peggy Whitton, and working as a dog walker between parts. However, Whitton garnered attention when she made her Broadway debut in the early 1980s in Nell Dunn’s comedic play Steaming.


Transitioning to the big screen, Whitton had a number of memorable roles with her most visible including Love Child, The Best of Times alongside Robin Williams and Kurt Russell, and her breakout role in The Secret of My Succe$s starring Michael J. Fox.

However, Whitton solidified her place in pop culture with her role playing Rachel Phelps, a Vegas showgirl turned ruthless owner of a failing Cleveland Indians franchise in the 1989 comedy Major League and its sequel. Whitton also had an impressive television career, appearing most notably in the soap operas One Life to Live and The Doctors, as well as A Fine Romance and Good & Evil.

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