Mare Winningham

Mare Winningham

May. 16th, 1959
Born in
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
5' 6"

Mare Winningham's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Hatfields and McCoys TV Show
Hatfields and McCoys
Mildred Pierce TV Show
Mildred Pierce
James at 16 TV Show
James at 16
Clubhouse TV Show
The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H. TV Show
The Brotherhood of Poland, N.H.

Main Movie Roles

2013 - Philomena
2012 - The Brothers Grimm: Snow White
2008 - Swing Vote
2004 - The Adventures of Ociee Nash
2004 - Dandelion
1994 - The War
1994 - Wyatt Earp
1989 - Turner and Hooch
1989 - Miracle Mile
1987 - Made in Heaven
1985 - St. Elmo's Fire

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Cherry Lockhart
Alicia Spencer
Susan Grey
Dr. Amanda Lee
Nettie Peters
Ellis Hartley Monroe
Justine O'Neill
Sarah McCain
Agatha Seagrave
Elaine Al-Zacar
[Complete List]


  • 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.
  • Learned American Sign Language for her role as Maggie in _"Hallmark Hall of Fame" (1951) {Love Is Never Silent (#35.1)}_ (qv).
  • She is the oldest member of the Brat Pack.
  • Children: Riley Mapel (1981-2005), Patrick "Paddy" Mapel and Jack Mapel (b. 1985), Calla Louise Mapel (b. 1987), and Happy Atticus Mapel (born 1988).
  • 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.
  • She played a virgin in the movie _St. Elmo's Fire (1985)_ (qv) while she was pregnant.
  • She, 'Kate Winslet' (qv) and 'Vanessa Redgrave' (qv) 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)_ (qv), Winslet was nominated for _Iris (2001/I)_ (qv) and Winningham was nominated for the character Georgia in _Georgia (1995)_ (qv).
  • 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' (qv) (who played Gretl in _The Sound of Music (1965)_ (qv)) on 'Art Linkletter' (qv)'s television show _"House Party" (1952)_ (qv) when she was five or six years old.

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