Martindale at the Primetime Emmy Awards on September 18, 2011
July 18, 1951 |
Jacksonville, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Margo Martindale (born July 18, 1951) is an American film, stage, and television actress. In 2011, she won an Emmy Award for her role as Mags Bennett on Justified. She has played supporting roles in several films, including The Hours, Million Dollar Baby as Hilary Swank's mother, The Firm, Lorenzo's Oil, Marvin's Room, The Savages, and Paris, je t'aime. She was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in 2004.
Early life 
Margo Martindale was born July 18, 1951, in Jacksonville, Texas, to parents William Everett and Margaret (Pruitt) Martindale. In addition to owning and operating a lumber company in Jacksonville, her father was known as a champion dog handler in Texas and throughout the southern United States. Margo was the youngest of three children and only daughter. Her oldest brother is professional golfer and golf course designer Billy Martindale. Middle child, brother Bobby Tim, died in 2004. Margo Martindale participated in golf, cheerleading and drama while in school and was crowned "Football Sweetheart" as well as "Miss Jacksonville High School 1969." Following graduation from Jacksonville High School in 1969, Martindale attended Lon Morris College then transferred to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. While at Michigan, she also did summer study at Harvard University, appearing onstage with future movie and TV stars Jonathan Frakes and Christopher Reeve.
In the early 1980s, Martindale worked for four years at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky. While there she became good friends with fellow actress Kathy Bates. Margo Martindale made her Broadway debut in 2004 as Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for her work in the role. Prior to that, Martindale had starred in several Off-Broadway stage productions, most notably as Truvy Jones in the 1987 production of Steel Magnolias. Other Off-Broadway appearances include Always...Patsy Cline and The Sugar Bean Sisters.
Her film roles include turns as Susan Sarandon's fellow nun in Dead Man Walking, and, again with Sarandon, in Lorenzo's Oil. She appeared as Leonardo DiCaprio's doctor in Marvin's Room; and as Hilary Swank's selfish mother in Million Dollar Baby. Other films include The Human Stain with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman, 28 Days with Sandra Bullock, Proof of Life with Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan and Practical Magic again with Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. She was also featured in Paris, je t'aime, starring in the final segment directed by Alexander Payne. She played Mama Cox in the 2007 film Walk Hard and played Ruby, Miley Stewart's maternal grandmother, in Hannah Montana: The Movie. Her most recent role was as Miss Elizabeth Ham in the movie Secretariat, starring Diane Lane.
Martindale has a role in the upcoming movie August: Osage County, a film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tracy Letts. She plays the role of Mattie Fae Aiken, the sister of lead character Violet Weston (played by Meryl Streep). Other major cast on the project include Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis, and Sam Shepard. Filming took place in the fall and winter of 2012, with a release date expected sometime in 2013.,
One of Martindale's first television roles came in the miniseries Lonesome Dove. A series of character and guest appearances followed in a wide range of TV shows. Martindale played recurring character Camilla Figg on the first three seasons of Dexter and had a recurring role in the A&E courtroom drama 100 Centre Street with Alan Arkin. In 2007-2008, she had a recurring role as Nina Burns, a neighbor of the Malloy/"Rich" family in The Riches with Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard.
In 2011, Martindale joined the cast of Justified for the second season. She played the role of Mags Bennett, matriarch of the Bennett crime family which controlled much of the drug activity in the fictional version of Harlan County, Kentucky. For her brilliant performance, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. After learning of the nomination, Martindale told CNN she hoped that it would open up more doors for older women in Hollywood. "People really identify with this character [Mags Bennett] and I think it’s because it is a character that is powerful and older and extremely mean," said Martindale. She also won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the Critics' Choice Television Awards for her role as Mags Bennett in the FX drama Justified. In her acceptance speech Martindale said "Who said turning sixty was a bad thing" and "I'm so excited, and dead on this show," making reference to the self-inflicted demise of her character in the Justified season 2 finale.
Personal life 
Margo Martindale has been married to musician Bill Boals since 1986. They have a daughter, Margaret, born in 1988.
|1990||Days of Thunder||Donna|
|1992||Lorenzo's Oil||Wendy Gimble|
|1993||Emma and Elvis||Jenny|
|The Firm||Nina Huff|
|Dead Man Walking||Sister Colleen|
|1996||Ghosts of Mississippi||Clara Mayfield|
|Marvin's Room||Dr. Charlotte|
|1997||Eye of God||Dorothy|
|Critical Care||Constance 'Connie' Potter|
|Practical Magic||Linda Bennett|
|1999||In Dreams||Nurse Floyd|
|Ride with the Devil||Wilma Brown|
|Proof of Life||Ivy|
|2002||The Hours||Mrs. Latch|
|The Human Stain||Psychologist|
|2004||Million Dollar Baby||Earline Fitzgerald|
|The Best Thief in the World||Miss Mason|
|Paris, je t'aime||Carol||segment "14ème Arrondissement"|
|Rocket Science||Coach Lumbly|
|The Death and Life of Bobby Z||Macy|
|Rails & Ties||Judy Neasy|
|Feast of Love||Mrs. Maggarolian|
|Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Ma Cox|
|2009||The Winning Season||Donna|
|Hannah Montana: The Movie||Grandma Ruby|
|Secretariat||Miss Elizabeth Hamm|
|Main Street||Myrtle Parker|
|Beautiful Creatures||Aunt Del|
|August: Osage County||Mattie Fae Aiken|
|1988||The Child Saver||Alma|
|1989||Lonesome Dove||Buffalo Heiffer||Episode: The Plains|
|1991||Golden Years||Episode: Third Time Lucky?|
|1994||New York Undercover||Nurse Warner||Episode: Tasha|
|1996||Law & Order||Ms. Best||Episode: Atonement|
|Ruby Jean and Joe||Frankie|
|1997||...First Do No Harm||Marjean|
|1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Verna Henderson||Episode: The Same Coin|
|Snoops||Hannah Vaughn||Episode: Pilot|
|2000||Perfect Murder, Perfect Town: JonBenét and the City of Boulder|
|2001||Welcome to New York||Rose||Episode: Dusting Diva|
|A Girl Thing||May|
|What Girls Learn||Lainey|
|2002||The Laramie Project||Trish Steger|
|2001–2002||100 Centre Street||Michelle Grande||14 episodes|
|2003||Ed||Amanda Myers||Episode: Partners|
|An Unexpected Love||Maggie|
|2004||Iron Jawed Angels||Harriot Blatch|
|Plainsong||Mrs. Beckman||Hallmark Hall of Fame episode|
|2005||Silver Bells||Mrs. Quinn|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Rita Gabler||Episode: Cage|
|2007–2008||The Riches||Nina Burns||20 episodes|
|2009||Hung||Molly||Episode: The Pickle Jar|
|2009–2010||Mercy||Nurse Klowden||11 episodes|
|2011||Harry's Law||Gina Powell||Episode: Innocent Man|
|CHAOS||Doris Balshik||2 episodes|
|Justified||Mags Bennett||10 episodes|
|2011–2012||A Gifted Man||Rita Perkins-Hall||16 episodes|
|2012||Counter Culture||Joyce||TV pilot|
|Suits||Nell Sawyer||Episode: Meet the New Boss|
|Masters of Sex||Miss Horchow||Upcoming TV series|
|Person of Interest||Barbara Russell||season 2 episodes 2|
|2013||Smash||Miriam Abramson||Episode: The Fallout|
|The Americans||Claudia||10 episodes|
|New Girl||Bonnie Miller||Episode: Chicago|
Awards and nominations 
|List of awards and nominations|
|2004||Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Cat on a Hot Tin Roof||Nominated|
|Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Play||Nominated|
|2005||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Million Dollar Baby||Nominated|
|2008||Chlotrudis Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Paris, je t'aime||Nominated|
|2011||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Justified||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Won|
|Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association Awards||Individual Achievement in Drama||Nominated|
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- Margo Martindale at the Internet Movie Database
- Margo Martindale at the Internet Broadway Database
- Margo Martindale at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Margo Martindale at Emmys.com