Major League's Margaret Whitton dies at age 67
You know Margaret Whitton's work even if you don't always remember her name. She was evil Cleveland Indians owner "Rachel Phelps" bent on taunting her players in Major League. She was the ignored wife intent on seducing Michael J. Fox in The Secret of My Success.
Marget Whitton passed away on Sunday at her Palm Beach (Fla.) home after a brief battle with cancer, according to the Hollywood Reporter. She was 67.
Whitton's other memorable '80s work includes roles in Ironweed, 9 1/2 Weeks, The Best of Times and Little Monsters along with TV appearances on A Fine Romance and Spenser: For Hire.
Still, Whitton will probably be best remembers for playing the villainous Vegas-showgirl-turned-ballclub-owner in 1989's Major League. She stole the show with memorable lines - "Well, cross him off the list then" - and reprised the role again in the 1994 sequel Major League II.
In Major League's original ending, her character Rachel Phelps admits to the team before the final game that her "evil team owner" bit was just an act to fire up the team. But audiences who saw the screening didn't like the twist and so - according to IMDB.com - the ending was shot again showing Rachel all miserable when the Indians win.
Though her last screen appearance was in 1994, Whitton continued her career as director on stage and finally again on screen in 2011 with A Bird of the Air.