Mare Winningham

Biography

Date of Birth 16 May 1959, Phoenix, Arizona, USA Birth Name Mary Megan Winningham Height 5' 6" (1.68 m) Spouse Jason Trucco (15 November 2008 - present) A Martinez (1981 - 1981) (divorced) Bill Mapel (1981 - 1996) (divorced) 5 children Trivia Children: Riley Mapel (1981-2005), Patrick "Paddy" Mapel and Jack Mapel (b. 1985), Calla Louise Mapel (b. 1987), and Happy Atticus Mapel (born 1988). Her TV debut at age 16 was on "The Gong Show" (1976). She is also a folk singer-songwriter with a couple of albums. Went to Chatsworth High School in Los Angeles with Val Kilmer and Kevin Spacey. During their senior year, Kevin played von Trapp and Mare played Maria in a school production of "The Sound of Music." Upon hearing of their Oscar nominations in 1996, Winningham sent a telegram to Spacey saying: "Captain von Trapp - congratulations on your nomination - Maria." When she appeared as a contestant on TV's "The Gong Show" (1976) (c. 1978), she was introduced as Sharon Shamus by host Chuck Barris. She played guitar and sang the Lennon & McCartney song "Here, There and Everywhere." And no. . . she did not get gonged. The panel loved her. Learned American Sign Language for her role as Maggie in "Hallmark Hall of Fame: Love Is Never Silent (#35.1)" (1985). Is the only brat packer ever to be nominated for an Academy Award (for Georgia (1995)). She played a virgin in the movie St. Elmo's Fire (1985) while she was pregnant. She, Kate Winslet and Vanessa Redgrave are the only actresses nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actress category for playing the title role in a movie. Redgrave won the Oscar for the character Julia in Julia (1977), Winslet was nominated for Iris (2001/I) and Winningham was nominated for the character Georgia in Georgia (1995). Was one of the nine original members of the 1980s "brat pack," along with Judd Nelson, Andrew McCarthy, Anthony Michael Hall, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, and Ally Sheedy. Though born an Irish Catholic, in 2000, Winningham felt her spiritual life was lacking, and, based on a recommendation from a friend, in November 2001, she signed up for a class given by Rabbi Neal Wienberg at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, California. On March 3, 2003, she converted to Judaism and became a member of two Conservative synagogues, Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles and Temple Knesset Israel in Hollywood, California. Winningham attended Andasol Avenue Elementary School in Northridge, California. Her favorite subjects included drama. She also signed up for guitar lessons at a local park, and by the 6th grade, was, in her view, "pretty good." It was at this time that she adopted the nickname "Mare." She attended Patrick Henry Junior High School, taking the extended drama option, and on summer vacations, she studied drama at CSUN's Teenage Drama Workshop. Winningham was raised in Northridge, California, with 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 counselor at a local high school. She credits her first interest in acting to seeing an interview with Kym Karath (who played Gretl in The Sound of Music (1965)) on Art Linkletter's television show "House Party" (1952) when she was five or six years old. Oldest child, son Riley Mapel, committed suicide on August 14, 2005. She is the oldest member of the Brat Pack. Met first husband, A. Martinez while both acted in "The Young Pioneers" (1978). Their marriage in 1981 lasted only a few months. She married her second husband, Bill Mapel, the same year. Born to Catholic parents, she turned to Judaism in 2002.

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Birth Name

Mary Megan Winningham

Birth Place

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Birth Date

5/16/1959
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Miracle Mile

Julie Peters

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The War

Lois Simmons

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Bad Day on the Block

Catherine Braverton

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The Magic of Ordinary Days

Martha

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Young Pioneers

Nettie Peters

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Intruders

Mary Wilkes 2 episodes, 1992

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Georgia

Georgia Flood

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George Wallace

Lurleen Wallace

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The Maldonado Miracle

Maisie

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Pied Piper - Der Rattenfänger

Nicole Rougeron

Starring In
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All My Puny Sorrows

Lottie

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News of the World

Doris Boudlin

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Dark Waters

Darlene Kiger

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The Seagull

Polina

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O.G.

Janice

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Geostorm

Dr. Jennings

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Philomena

Mary

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Mirror Mirror

Baker Margaret

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Shakespeare High

Herself

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Brothers

Elsie Cahill

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Swing Vote

Larissa Johnson

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George Wallace

Lurleen Wallace

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The Magic of Ordinary Days

Martha

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The Adventures Of Ociee Nash

Aunt Mamie Nash

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Dandelion

Layla Mullich

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Tru Confessions

Ginny

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The Maldonado Miracle

Maisie

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Bad Day on the Block

Catherine Braverton

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The Boys Next Door

Sheila

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Georgia

Georgia Flood

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Teresa's Tattoo

Singer

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The War

Lois Simmons

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Wyatt Earp

Mattie Blaylock

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Intruders

Mary Wilkes 2 episodes, 1992

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Hard Promises

Dawn

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She Stood Alone

Prudence Crandall

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Love and Lies

Kim Paris

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Pied Piper - Der Rattenfänger

Nicole Rougeron

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Turner & Hooch

Dr. Emily Carson

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God Bless the Child

Theresa Johnson

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Miracle Mile

Julie Peters

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Made in Heaven

Brenda Carlucci

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Nobody’s Fool

Pat

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St. Elmo's Fire

Wendy Beamish

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Threshold

Carol Severance

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Amber Waves

Marlene Burkhardt

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The Death of Ocean View Park

Jenny Flowers

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Young Pioneers

Nettie Peters

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