‘Major League’ Actress Dead at 67

Dec 6, 2016  •  Post A Comment

An actress best known for her performances in the 1989 movie “Major League” and its 1994 sequel “Major League II” has died. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Margaret Whitton died peacefully Sunday at her home in Palm Beach, Fla., after a short battle with cancer. She was 67.

“Born in Philadelphia, Whitton’s first gigs included her off-Broadway debut in 1973 in ‘Baba Goya,’ followed by her Broadway introduction in Nell Dunn’s ‘Steaming’ in 1983,” The Post reports. “Her first major screen role came in 1986, portraying Molly in ‘9 1/2 Weeks,’ alongside Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger.”

Roles in “The Secret of My Success” and “Ironweed” followed, and then came her signature work as Rachel Phelps, a former showgirl who inherits the Cleveland Indians, in the “Major League” movies.

Whitton also worked on television, appearing in shows including “Hometown,” “Good & Evil,” “A Fine Romance” and “One Life to Live.”

Here’s an outtake from “Major League” featuring Whitton as team owner Rachel Phelps, with James Gammon playing manager Lou Brown …

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