Margaret Field

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Margaret Field
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Margaret Field AKA Maggie Mahoney
Born Margaret Morlan
(1922-05-10)May 10, 1922
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Died November 6, 2011(2011-11-06) (aged 89)
Malibu, California, U.S.
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1945–1973
Spouse(s) Richard Field (1942-1950) (divorced) (2 children)
Jock Mahoney (1952-1968) (divorced) (1 child)
Children Sally Field (actress)
Richard Field (b. 1944)
Princess Mahoney (b. 1952)[1]

Margaret Field (née Morlan;[2][3] May 10, 1922 – November 6, 2011) was an American film actress[4] usually billed as Maggie Mahoney. She was also the mother of actress Sally Field.

Life and career[edit]

Field was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Joy Beatrice (née Bickeley) and Wallace Miller Morlan.[5] She was discovered by talent scout Milton Lewis for Paramount Pictures. Following a successful screen test, she was offered an 18-month contract. She then attended Pasadena Junior College, studying voice training and acting.

She appeared, often more than once, in television series, among which were two roles as defendants on the CBS drama series Perry Mason. In 1959, she played title character Eva Martell in "The Case of the Borrowed Brunette." In 1960, she played Linda Osborne in "The Case of the Nine Dolls." Other television appearances included a 1950 episode of The Lone Ranger, entitled "Greed for Gold," Wagon Train, Bonanza, The Virginian, The Range Rider, Yancy Derringer, To Rome With Love, Lawman, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, and the 1963 Twilight Zone episode "The New Exhibit", among many others. She also appeared in the science fiction films Captive Women and The Man from Planet X.[6]

She married Richard Dryden Field, an Army officer, and had two children by him: television and cinema actress Sally Field and physicist Richard Field.[7] The Fields divorced in 1950, and Margaret married actor Jock Mahoney, thereafter billed in her acting work as "Maggie Mahoney." She and Mahoney had a daughter, Princess.[8]

Margaret Field and Jock Mahoney divorced in June 1968. When her elder daughter Sally turned 22, Margaret virtually ended her acting career to focus on her family.[6]

She died, aged 89, on November 6, 2011, which was her daughter Sally Field's 65th birthday.[9]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ NNDb profile
  3. ^ Biography for Margaret Field at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Obituary in Variety
  5. ^ 1940 United States Federal Census
  6. ^ a b Parla, Paul; Mitchell, Charles P. (2000). Screen sirens scream!: interviews with 20 actresses from science fiction, horror, film noir, and mystery movies, 1930s to 1960s. McFarland. pp. 95–101. ISBN 0-7864-0701-8. 
  7. ^ "Sally Field". Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  8. ^ "Sally Field". nndb. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  9. ^ Margaret Field, Actress and Mother of Sally Field, Dies at 89

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