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Margaret Whitton, star of 'Major League,' dies at 67

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/6/2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Margaret Whitton, who starred as a former showgirl who became owner of the Cleveland Indians in the 1989 comedy "Major League," has died. She was 67.

Whitton's producing partner, Steven Tabakin, says she died Sunday in Palm Beach, Florida, after a battle with cancer.

Whitton was a regular on the New York stage as both an actor and director. In addition to playing the sultry Rachel Phelps in "Major League" and its 1994 sequel, she also starred in several television series.

Whitton had a passion for sports that extended off-screen. She was a die-hard New York Yankees fan and played softball in the Broadway Show League.

After taking up golf, she told The Associated Press in 1991 that the game was a lot like acting in that "the only thing that stands between you and success is yourself."

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