'Major League' actress Margaret Whitton passes away

Published: Dec 06, 2016, 16:40 IST | Agencies

Actress Margaret Whitton, best known for her role as Rachel Phelps in the "Major League" films, died peacefully in her Florida home after a short battle with cancer. She was 67

Los Angeles: Actress Margaret Whitton, best known for her role as Rachel Phelps in the "Major League" films, died peacefully in her Florida home after a short battle with cancer. She was 67.

Whitton died on Sunday.

Producer Steven Tabakin, who co-founded Tashtego Films with the late actress and her husband Warren Spector in 2008, confirmed Whitton's death.

Born in Philadelphia, Whitton's first performance included her off-Broadway debut in 1973 in "Baba Goya", followed by her Broadway introduction in Nell Dunn's "Steaming" in 1983.

Her first major screen role came in 1986, portraying Molly in "9 1/2 Weeks", alongside Mickey Rourke and Kim Basinger.

She then landed lead roles in films such as "The Secret of My Success" and "Ironweed", before starring in the critically-acclaimed "Major League" and its sequel, "Major League II," as Rachel Phelps.

On the small screen, Whitton appeared on TV series such as "Hometown", "Good & Evil", "A Fine Romance" and "One Life to Live".

Whitton is survived by her husband.

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