I'm glad we have a "new" character actress making a success.
Her show The Millers probably won't last, but this is the first time I've known her name after seeing her in bit parts for many years.
And at 62, she may have many productive years ahead.
Good for her.
She originated the role of Truvvy in Steel Magnolias.
Rosemary Prinz (ATWT) originated the role of M'Lynn
"The Millers" looks like shrill shit, and I feel sorry for her that it probably won't succeed.
Before "The Millers," she spent a season as a KGB handler in deep cover as an older Southern lady on "The Americans." Fabulous. Then of course prior to that she was the head of a hillbilly crime family on "Justified", which earned her an Emmy.
Is she related to Wink?
I've always loved that name.
[quote]Is she related to Wink?
Could be. Martindale is a valley in northwest England named after an old church. Maybe they had common ancestors from there.
^ I shouldn't bother to post the link to the Old Church of Saint Martin properly, since it's not that important or relevant, but it will bother me all day if I don't.
My first encounter with her was on Patrick Wilson's series in which he played a recently-widowed MD. And I loved her instantly. She looks and sounds like a friend's mother, Mrs. H., a very gracious lady from Memphis who was one of my favorite people in my NJ upbringing.
Anyway, Margo is also in the forthcoming "August: Osage County." Will it suck? Will it be brilliant?
Anyone see her as Truvvy in Steel Magnolias?
Dolly Parton looks NOTHING like Margo Martindale.
Saw the original cast (Margo and Rosemary and all) at the Theatre De Lys (now the Lucille Lortel) on Christopher Street. Loved Margo immediately and ever since. But I was really impressed when I saw her in "Million Dollar Baby" as Hilary's hateful mother. First time I had ever seen her do evil (and one of the best things about that movie).
I was there, too [r9]...loved it, loved Margo.
Just tried to find some photos of the original cast, but no luck.
I'm another who, so to speak, loved her at first sight. She's great to watch. Always brings her character to life without going overboard. Parts for women her age are rather scarce and it's great to see all that hard work pay off for her -- and she's gotta be shoveling that cash into the bank. Everyone on The Millers knows it's complete shit.
I have never seen her do comedy so I'm checking out The Miller's.
I was mesmerized by her in Justified. Well deserved Emmy.
She's also good in The Americans
I love her! She was great on Justified. She also played white trash mom in Million Dollar Baby. She is good at playing sweet and menacing at the same time.
She will be nominated for an Oscar this year.
Love her on "The Americans." Wish she had stayed with that show, but I suppose the money she gets for a leading role was too tempting.
She was also great in the last short film in the "Paris je t'aime" movie as a lonely American in Paris.
I agree with r16. Her little film was the most heartbreaking part of Paris Je T'aime. So wonderful.
I'd love for Margo Martindale to win an Oscar. She is a skilled, smart, and sensational actress.
Margo looks like an American Patricia Routledge. She might consider doing a southern version of Keeping Up Appearances.
She left The Americans?
I didn't know that.
I had the good fortune of meeting outside of a tiny theater in Sierra Madre (CA) a while back. She was a friend of the director and had helped out by being the dialog coach on a play called "God's Man in Texas." She was very short and very, very nice.
R20, she left to do the sitcom "The Millers."
I saw Margot a few months ago in a commercial for yogurt, she was the clerk in dry cleaning store.
I love myself some Margo Martindale! She's a natural born character actress if there ever was one.
I'd love to see her work alongside Kathy Bates one day because I have a feeling they could do very fine work together.
She has a small role in Masters of Sex, on Showtime.
And what a moniker! Apparently hers from birth.
She made her Broadway debut in 2004 as Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for her work in the role.
She was also good on 'The Riches.' I also saw her in an indie thriller called Scalene which wasn't a great film by any means, but her "bad mommy" performance (and that of the very cute Adam Scarimbolo) made it worth watching.
So for those who have seen both the play and movie Steel Magnolias.
Who was the better Truvvy?
Dolly or Margo?
Margo had to have been better, R28. She doesn't produce that awful "yack" that comes out of Dolly's mouth when she speaks.
I will always think of her as "Miss Hamm" in the movie Secretariat
I did a lot of theater with Margo in the early 1980s. She was fabulous then and still is now. A very dear, generous and kind person and so talented!
Back then she was always griping jokingly how she lost many theater roles to Kathy Bates.
She was memorable in a small role in Dead Man Walking, too.
She was fucking awesome on Season 2 of "Justified." I love that show. Timothy sit on my face!
Is she family, R31?
She played Miley's grandmother (on Mama Brooke Shields side) in the Hannah Montana movie.
Does she have any features you would describe as "womanly"?
R42, she's named her role in Paris...as her favorite so far in her career.
Back in Jacksonville Texas, her hometown, she was a beauty queen as a young woman. She gained weight in her 40s and 50s. That's what she told NPR's Terry Gross in a Fresh Air interview.
I'm not linking. Figure it out yourselves.
Margo is a great person and a great actress.
R36's link (why did you link to a Christian music site with popup ads?! ) is just Margo saying she wants to return to The Americans and Keri Russell saying it probably won't happen, owing to scheduling issues.
"but this is the first time I've known her name after seeing her in bit parts for many years"
A Tony nomination and an Emmy win aside.
Nice take from Slate.
I see her around a lot, walking her dog, that sort of thing. Straight but very gay friendly and AWESOME to fans. Her success has made me and a lot of NY theater folk very happy.
I lived across the street from her on the Upper West Side and often in the spring and summer at 8 pm I'd see her, her husband and a few friends sitting on the stoop of her building shooting the breeze.
One day last December I walked by her chatting to a friend. She had just gotten back from shooting August: Osage County. All I heard her say was "Well, they're MUCH worse in Oklahoma, believe it or not." I like to think she was talking about right-wingers.
Margo was in her early 30s when I knew her back in the early 80s and she was already overweight and very much a character actress.
I remember she still wore her high school cheerleading jacket.
I knew her many years ago. She was a sweetheart (and one of the funniest people). I'm glad she's experiencing the success she has always deserved. Stay sweet Margo. Luv ya!
She was great in that S. Bullock movie 28 days
I thought The Millers was hysterical. I rarely watch sit coms but I laughed out loud several times during this.
Margo was fantastic. I've only seen her in dramas before so this was a big surprise.
I'll be back to watch this next week.
R55, are you really Leslie Moonves aka Mr. Chenbot?
I like her. We don't get too many quirky or interesting personalities nowadays. They are often bland and interchangeable but this one stand out. I look forward to seeing more from her in the future.
Margo Martindale looks enough like Patricia Rutledge (Hyacinth from Keeping Up Appearances) to be her sister!
I am surprised to find that they are not related!
I love Margo. I fucked her before.
She's shrill, fat and ugly - looks like she smells like ass and doesn't shave her armpits.
I loved her on The Americans.
First liked her as Camilla on Dexter.
She's okay, but people act like she's the second coming and she's really not.
is she going to be the lead in "The Ina Garten Story"?
I actually thought Melba Moore would've been great on this show.
I'd like to see her do something with Kathy Bates - next season of American Horror Story, perhaps? I don't think anyone will mind if they cancel The Millers.
When Margo won the Emmy, Kathy gave her a BIG hug.
Apparently they are old acting buddies and friends.
If they ever remake the Mrs Marple series she would be perfect.
I really loved her as Niynah on "The Riches" she was great as a woman who was married to a gay man obsessed with his alpacas and as a steadfast best friend to Minnie Driver's gypsy character.
she is getting some glowing notices in the early reviews of August: Osage County.