Margaret Field

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Margaret Field
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Margaret Field AKA Maggie Mahoney
Margaret Morlan

(1922-05-10)May 10, 1922
Houston, Texas, U.S.
DiedNovember 6, 2011(2011-11-06) (aged 89)
Other namesMaggie Mahoney
Alma materPasadena Junior College
Years active1945–1973
Richard Field
(m. 1942; div. 1950)

Jock Mahoney
(m. 1952; div. 1968)
Children3, including Sally Field[1]

Margaret Field (née Morlan;[2][3] May 10, 1922 – November 6, 2011) was an American film actress[4] usually billed as Maggie Mahoney. The mother of actress Sally Field,[3] she was best known for her work in two science fiction films, The Man from Planet X (1951) and Captive Women (1952).[5]

Early years[edit]

Field was born in Houston, Texas,[5] the daughter of Joy Beatrice (née Bickeley) and Wallace Miller Morlan.[6] Late in the 1930s she and her family moved to Pasadena, California.[7]


Field was discovered at the Pasadena Playhouse[8] 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, while acting in films.[8]

Early in her career she acted in a series of Musical Parade short films for Paramount as well as having small roles in 26 full-length films from 1946 to 1953.[5]

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.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1942, Field married Richard Dryden Field, an Army officer,[5] and had two children by him: television and cinema actress Sally Field and physicist Richard Field.[9] The Fields divorced in 1950. On January 21, 1952, in Tijuana, Mexico, Field married actor Jock Mahoney,[8] thereafter billed in her acting work as "Maggie Mahoney." She and Mahoney had a daughter, Princess.[10]

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.[7]


Field, aged 89, died of cancer at her home in Malibu, California, on November 6, 2011,[5] which was her daughter Sally Field's 65th birthday.[11]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Sally Field". NNDB. Archived from the original on 11 June 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  2. ^ NNDb profile
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Scott (2016). Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 241. ISBN 9781476625997. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Actress Margaret OMahoney dies". Variety. Archived from the original on 11 June 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e Lentz, Harris M. III (2012). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2011. McFarland. p. 109. ISBN 9780786469949. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  6. ^ 1940 United States Federal Census
  7. ^ a b c 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.
  8. ^ a b c Freese, Gene (2013). Jock Mahoney: The Life and Films of a Hollywood Stuntman. McFarland. p. 62. ISBN 9780786476893. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Sally Field". Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  10. ^ "Sally Field". nndb. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  11. ^ Margaret Field, Actress and Mother of Sally Field, Dies at 89

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