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Birth name: Mary Megan Winningham.
Born: May 16, 1959 Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
-William Sweet William' Maple' (1983 - present) they have four children.
-A Martinez (1981 - 1981) (divorced).
Mare Winningham biography (bio):
Winningham was born in Phoenix, Arizona and 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) on Art Linkletter's television show House Party when she was five or six years old.
Winningham attended local primary schools where her favorite activities included drama and playing the guitar. She took the extended drama option in junior high school, and continued to study over her summer vacations at CSUN's Teenage Drama Workshop. It was at this time that she adopted the nickname "Mare". Her mother arranged for her to go to a high school with a renowned drama department. In Grade 12 Winningham starred in a production of The Sound of Music, playing the part of Maria, opposite classmate Kevin Spacey as Captain Von Trapp.
Winningham began her career as a singer-songwriter. In 1976, she got her break singing the Beatles song "Here, There, and Everywhere" on "The Gong Show." Though Winningham received no record contracts as result of the appearance, she was signed to an acting contract by Hollywood agent Meyer Mishkin, and received her Screen Actor's Guild card for doing three lines in an episode of James at 15. That year she was offered a role on Young Pioneers and Young Pioneers Christmas, pilots for the short-lived 1978 drama The Young Pioneers. Though the series ended with just three episodes being broadcast, a number of television projects followed, including parts on Police Woman in 1978 and Starsky and Hutch in 1979.
In 1980, Winningham starred in "Off the Minnesota Strip" playing a young prostitute. She then won an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for her role in the critically acclaimed Amber Waves, a TV movie about a rough farmer (Dennis Weaver) who finds he is dying of cancer. In that year she also broke into film in One Trick Pony, starring Paul Simon. In 1983, Winningham was nominated for a Canadian Genie Award for her work in the futuristic 1981 drama Threshold, and appeared in the 1983 epic miniseries The Thorn Birds. In 1984 she starred as Helen Keller in Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues.
Winningham achieved greater fame in 1985's St. Elmo's Fire as one of the original "brat pack" alumni. Despite the film's success, she refused to cash in on her teen idol status, and returned to television in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Love Is Never Silent, for which she received an Emmy nomination. Winningham finished the 80s with two Hollywood films, the nuclear disaster drama Miracle Mile (1988), for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination in 1989, and the Tom Hanks vehicle Turner & Hooch in 1989. In 1988 Winningham also starred in the Los Angeles stage production of Hurlyburly with Sean Penn and Danny Aiello.
In the early 90s, she returned to film for 1994's all-star Wyatt Earp and the family drama The War, both starring Kevin Costner.
1995 brought Georgia, a thoughtful character study of two sisters (Winningham and Jennifer Jason Leigh), which earned Winningham Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Award nominations. Two years later, she starred opposite Gary Sinise in George Wallace, for which she garnered another Golden Globe Award nomination, and won an Emmy Award.
Since then she made acclaimed appearances on the series ER and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as appearances in the 2001 television project Sally Hemmings, opposite Sam Neill and the short-lived David E. Kelley series The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. Winningham's most recent project is the independent film Dandelion, which was a staple of film festivals worldwide between 2003 and 2004 and is set for a limited American release in October of 2005.
Winningham has also recorded three albums, What Might Be (1992) on the Bay Cities label, and Lonesomers (1998), on the Razor and Tie label, and Refuge Rock Sublime (2007) on the Craig & Co. label. The songs on Refuge Rock Sublime deal mostly with her recent conversion to Judaism. She also sings on the soundtrack of Georgia.
In 2006 Winningham voiced the audio version of Stephen King's Lisey's Story. In 2007 she voiced Alice Hoffman's Skylight Confessions.
Though born into the Roman Catholic religion, 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 was married to the actor A Martinez; they divorced in 1981. In 1982 she married William Mapel; they are now divorced. Winningham has five children, actor Riley Mapel (1981-2005), Patrick and Jack Mapel (born 1985), Happy Atticus Mapel (born 1988), and Calla Louise Mapel (born 1987).