Winningham in 2012
|Born||Mary Megan Winningham
May 16, 1959
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
|Alma mater||Chatsworth High School|
|Spouse(s)||A Martinez (m. 1981)
William Mapel (m. 1981–96)
Jason Trucco (m. 2008–12)
|Children||Riley Mapel (deceased)
Happy Atticus Mapel
Calla Louise Mapel
Patrick "Paddy" Mapel
Mary Megan "Mare" Winningham (//; born May 16, 1959) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is an Academy Award, Tony Award and eight-time Emmy Award nominee, winning Emmys in 1980 and 1998.
Winningham began her acting career in the late 1970s on television. In 1980, she starred in the TV movie Amber Waves, winning an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the 1995 film Georgia. In 1998, she won a second Emmy for the TV Movie George Wallace. Her other film and TV roles include, St. Elmo's Fire (1985), Miracle Mile (1988), Turner & Hooch (1989), The War (1994), Dandelion (2004), Swing Vote (2008), Brothers (2009), Mildred Pierce (2011) and Hatfields & McCoys (2012).
She made her New York stage debut in the 2007 Off-Broadway musical 10 Million Miles, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination. She made her Broadway debut in the 2013 revival of Picnic. In 2014, she starred in the original Broadway production of Casa Valentina, receiving a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play.
Winningham was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Northridge, California. She is the daughter of Marilyn Jean (née Maloney) and Sam Neal Winningham. She has three brothers and one sister. Her father was the chairman of the Department of Physical Education at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and her mother was an English teacher and college counsellor at Monroe High School. She credits her first interest in acting to seeing an interview with Kym Karath (who played Gretl in The Sound of Music) on Art Linkletter's television show House Party when she was five or six years old.
Winningham attended Andasol Ave. Elementary School, where her favorite activities included drama and playing the guitar and drums. She took the extended drama option at Patrick Henry Junior High School and continued to study over her summer vacations at CSUN's Teenage Drama Workshop. It was at this time that she adopted the nickname "Mare". Her mother arranged for her to go to Chatsworth High School. In Grade 12, Winningham starred in a production of The Sound of Music, playing the part of Maria, opposite classmate Kevin Spacey as Captain Von Trapp.
Winningham began her career as a singer-songwriter. In 1976 and 1977, she got her break singing The Beatles song "Here, There and Everywhere" on The Gong Show. Though Winningham received no record contracts as result of the appearance, she was signed to an acting contract by Hollywood agent Meyer Mishkin, and received her Screen Actor's Guild card for doing three lines in an episode of James at 15. That year she was offered a role on Young Pioneers and Young Pioneers Christmas, pilots for the short-lived 1978 drama The Young Pioneers. Though the series ended with just three episodes being broadcast, a number of television projects followed, including parts on Police Woman in 1978 and Starsky and Hutch in 1979. Later that same year, she played the role of teenage outcast Jenny Flowers in the made-for-TV film The Death of Ocean View Park.
In 1980, Winningham starred in Off the Minnesota Strip playing a young prostitute. She then won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for her role in the critically acclaimed Amber Waves, a television film about a rough farmer (Dennis Weaver) who finds he is dying of cancer. In that year, she also broke into feature films with One Trick Pony, starring Paul Simon. In 1983, Winningham was nominated for a Canadian Genie Award for her work in the futuristic 1981 drama Threshold, and appeared in the 1983 epic miniseries The Thorn Birds, in which she played Justine O'Neill. In 1984, she starred as Helen Keller in Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues.
Winningham achieved greater fame in St. Elmo's Fire (1985) as one of the original "brat pack" alumni. Despite the film's success, she failed to cash in on her teen idol status, and returned to television in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Love Is Never Silent, for which she received an Emmy nomination. Another well-known and well-received performance was as a homeless young mother in the television movie God Bless the Child. Winningham finished the 1980s with two Hollywood films: the nuclear disaster drama, Miracle Mile (1988), for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination in 1989, and the Tom Hanks vehicle Turner & Hooch in 1989. In 1988, Winningham also starred in the Los Angeles stage production of Hurlyburly with Sean Penn and Danny Aiello.
In the early 1990s, she returned to film for 1994's all-star Wyatt Earp and the family drama The War, both starring Kevin Costner. 1995 brought Georgia, a thoughtful character study of two sisters (Winningham and Jennifer Jason Leigh), which earned Winningham Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations. Two years later, she starred opposite Gary Sinise in George Wallace, for which she garnered her first Golden Globe Award nomination and won an Emmy Award.
She made acclaimed appearances on the series ER and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as appearances in the 2001 television project Sally Hemmings opposite Sam Neill and the short-lived David E. Kelley series The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. Also in 2001, she appeared in the made for TV movie Snap Decision with Felicity Huffman. She also appeared in the independent film Dandelion, which was a staple of film festivals worldwide between 2003 and 2004 and had a limited American release in October 2005.
In 2006, she landed the role of Susan Grey on the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy where she played the stepmother of one of the main characters, Dr. Meredith Grey. Her character was killed off in May 2007. In 2006, Winningham voiced the audio version of Stephen King's Lisey's Story. In 2007, she voiced Alice Hoffman's Skylight Confessions. In 2010, Winningham starred in an episode of Cold Case as main character Lilly Rush's stepmother, Celeste Cooper. In 2011 she appeared in the fourth episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day as character Ellis Hartley Monroe. She also starred in miniseries Mildred Pierce and Hatfields & McCoys and garnered another two Emmy nominations. In 2012, she appeared off Broadway as Beth, the mother in an intellectual, though dysfunctional, British family, in the award-winning comic-drama Tribes by Nina Raine. In 2013-14 she also appeared on the FX series American Horror Story : Coven, & Freak Show.
Winningham has recorded four albums: What Might Be (1992) on the Bay Cities label, Lonesomers (1998) produced by Carla Olson on the Razor and Tie label, and Refuge Rock Sublime (2007) on the Craig & Co. label. Lonesomers is a folksy album dealing with relationship issues. The country/bluegrass/Jewish/folk songs on Refuge Rock Sublime deal mostly with her recent conversion to Judaism, and include the tracks, "What Would David Do," "A Convert Jig" and the Israeli national anthem "Hatikva". She also sings on the soundtrack of Georgia. Winningham released her fourth album What's Left Behind independently on digital outlets in March 2014.
Winningham was raised a Roman Catholic. In November 2001, on a friend's recommendation, she took a class given by Rabbi Neal Weinberg at the University of Judaism (now the American Jewish University) in Los Angeles. On March 3, 2003, she converted to Judaism. She has been married three times: to A. Martinez (1981-1981), William Mapel (1981–1996) and Jason Trucco (2008–2012).
|1976||Young Pioneers||Nettie Peters||Television movie|
|1976||Young Pioneers' Christmas||Nettie Peters||Television movie|
|1978||Special Olympics||Janice Gallitzin||Television movie|
|1979||Steeletown||Aggie Modgelewsky||Television movie|
|1979||The Death of Ocean View Park||Jenny Flowers||Television movie|
|1980||Amber Waves||Marlene Burkhardt||Television movie|
|1980||Off the Minnesota Strip||Micki Johansen||Television movie|
|1980||The Women's Room||Chris||Television movie|
|1980||One Trick Pony||Modeena Dandridge|
|1981||Freedom||Libby Bellow||Television movie|
|1981||A Few Days in Weasel Creek||Locksley Claitor||Television movie|
|1982||Missing Children: A Mother's Story||Kate Bradshaw||Television movie|
|1983||The Thorn Birds||Justine O'Neill|
|1984||Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues||Helen Keller||Television movie|
|1984||Single Bars, Single Women||Bootsie||Television movie|
|1985||St. Elmo's Fire||Wendy Beamish|
|1985||Love Is Never Silent||Margaret Ryder||Television movie|
|1986||A Winner Never Quits||Annie||Television movie|
|1986||Who Is Julia?||Mary Frances Bodine||Television movie|
|1987||Made in Heaven||Brenda Carlucci|
|1987||Eye on the Sparrow||Ethel Lee||Television movie|
|1988||God Bless the Child||Theresa Johnson||Television movie|
|1988||Miracle Mile||Julie Peters|
|1989||Turner & Hooch||Dr. Emily Carson|
|1990||Love and Lies||Kim Paris||Television movie|
|1990||Crossing to Freedom||Nicole Rougeron||Television movie|
|1991||Fatal Exposure||Jamie Hurd||Television movie|
|1991||She Stood Alone||Prudence Crandall||Television movie|
|1992||Those Secrets||Faye||Television movie|
|1992||Intruders||Mary Wilkes||Television movie|
|1993||Better Off Dead||Kit Killner||Television movie|
|1994||Betrayed by Love||Dana||Television movie|
|1994||Wyatt Earp||Mattie Blaylock|
|1994||The War||Lois Simmons|
|1995||Letter to My Killer||Judy Parma||Television movie|
|1996||The Boys Next Door||Sheila||Television movie|
|1996||The Deliverance of Elaine||Elaine Hodges||Television movie|
|1997||Bad Day on the Block||Catherine Braverton|
|1997||George Wallace||Lurleen Wallace||Television movie|
|1998||Everything That Rises||Kyle Clay||Television movie|
|1998||Little Girl Fly Away||Catherine Begley||Television movie|
|1999||Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke||Chandi Heffner||Television movie|
|2000||Sally Hemings: An American Scandal||Martha Jefferson Randolph||Television movie|
|2000||Sharing the Secret||Dr. Nina Moss||Television movie|
|2001||Snap Decision||Jennifer Bradley||Television movie|
|2002||Tru Confessions||Ginny||Television movie|
|2003||The Maldonado Miracle||Maisie||Television movie|
|2003||The Adventures of Ociee Nash||Aunt Mamie Nash|
|2005||The Magic of Ordinary Days||Martha||Television movie|
|2007||War Eagle, Arkansas||Belle|
|2008||Swing Vote||Larissa Johnson|
|2012||Mirror Mirror||Baker Margaret|
|1977||James at 15||Wanda||Episode: "The Girl with the Bad Rep"|
|1978||Police Woman||Linda||Episode: "Battered Teachers"|
|1978||The Young Pioneers||Nettie Peters||Episode: "Sky in the Window"|
|1979||Starsky and Hutch||Joey Carston||Episode: "Ninety Pounds of Trouble"|
|1979||Family||Merilee Kalisher||Episode: "The Competition"|
|1985||ABC Afterschool Specials||Beth||Episode: "One Too Many"|
|1985||Hallmark Hall of Fame||Margaret Ryder||Episode: "Love Is Never Silent"|
|1986||The Twilight Zone||Norma Lewis||Episode: "Button, Button"|
|1997–1998||Mad About You||Sarah McCain||2 episodes|
|1999||ER||Dr. Amanda Lee||4 episodes|
|2001||Night Visions||Kate Morris||Episode: "Still Life"|
|2002||Six Feet Under||Eileen Piper||Episode: "The Plan"|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Maggie||Episode: "The Bells of St. Peters"|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sandra Blaine||Episode: "Manic"|
|2003||The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire||Dottie Shaw||7 episodes|
|2004–2005||Clubhouse||Lynne Young||11 episodes|
|2007||Boston Legal||Patrice Kelly||2 episodes|
|2007||Grey's Anatomy||Susan Grey||6 episodes|
|2009||CSI: NY||Katherine Donovan||Episode: "Greater Good"|
|2010||Cold Case||Celeste Cooper||Episode: "The Good Soldier"|
|2010||24||Elaine Al-Zacar||2 episodes|
|2010||Criminal Minds||Nancy Riverton||Episode: "Safe Haven"|
|2011||Mildred Pierce||Ida Corwin||5 episodes|
|2011||Torchwood: Miracle Day||Ellis Hartley Monroe||3 episodes|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||Sally McCoy||3 episodes|
|2013||Hawaii Five-O||Terry Beckett||Episode: "Ho'opio"|
|2013||Under the Dome||Agatha||2 episodes|
|2013||American Horror Story: Coven||Alicia Spencer||Episode: "The Replacements"|
|2014–present||The Affair||Cherry Lockhart||8 episodes|
|2014||American Horror Story: Freak Show||Rita Gayheart||Episode: "Orphans"|
|2015||American Horror Story: Hotel||Miss Evers||Episode: "Checking In"|
|2007||10 Million Miles||The Women|
|2010||After the Revolution||Mel|
Awards and nominations
- 1992: What Might Be
- 1998: Lonesomers
- 2007: Refuge Rock Sublime
- 2014: What's Left Behind
- Mare Winningham at emmys.com
- Mare Winningham- Biography
- Video on YouTube
- Winningham's awards page at the Internet Movie Database
- Cold Case at IMDb
- Doctor Who Magazine (435). June 2011. Missing or empty
- Naomi Pfefferman (17 September 2004). "Actress-singer Mare Winningham an unlikely Jewish soul". Jewish News Weekly. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
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