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Jacksonville’s Margo Martindale wins Emmy for TV show ‘Justified’

BY Betty Ewalt Taylor

Margo Martindale’s long list of movie credits was recognized Sunday night when the Hollywood actress received an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in “Justified.” Margo Martindale’s long list of movie credits was recognized Sunday night when the Hollywood actress received an Emmy for outstanding supporting actress in “Justified.” Jacksonville native Margo Martindale shined at the 63rd Annual Emmy Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.

As she accepted her Emmy for outstanding performance by a supporting actress in a drama, she was overwhelmed with joy and appreciation. “I’ve waited a long time for this! But, there’s something special about waiting so long. It’s appreciated more,” she said. The award came for her performance as Mags Bennett in the television show “Justified.”

For the honor she beat Christine Baranski and

Archie Panjabi for the “Good Wife,” Kelly McDonald for “Boardwalk Empire,” Kelly Forbes, “The Killing” and Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men.”

Wearing a striking red dress, Ms. Martindale thanked her agent, producer and a host of others who have played a role in her career, and recognized the loves of her life, “my husband Bill, and my daughter, Maggie”.

Ms. Martindale’s 20 yearplus career has spanned stage, movies and television. For her stage performance of Big Mama in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” she received a Tony nomination.

Her big break was in 1987 when she was cast as Truvy in “Steel Magnolias.” It was a big hit and a lot of people from Hollywood went to see it. That’s when she got into the movies.

She says Mags Bennett is her best role yet.

Ms. Martindale said she was in Los Angeles for the premier of the movie “Secretariat,” in which she had a major role, when her agent asked her if she would like to audition for the role in “Justified.” “I was delighted and went in with the casting director and did one scene. Two hours later, they had given me five episodes,” she said.

After growing up in Jacksonville, Ms. Martindale attended Lon Morris College where she got a real taste for acting. She went on to the University of Michigan, and then got a summer job at Harvard, where she acted on stage alongside Christopher Reeve and Jonathan Frakes. Then, she moved to New York, worked very hard, had lots of stage roles and then hit the jackpot in the movies and television.


Margo Martindale was named Miss Jacksonville High School 1969, Football Sweetheart 1969. She was also a high school cheerleader.

From the late 1970s to early ‘80s, she was the “foot tickler” in a series of Downy fabric softener commercials, and she was considered as recognizable as Madge the manicurist for Palmolive dish washing liquid.

Her husband, Bill Boals, is a musician. They have one daughter, Margaret.

Ms. Martindale attended Lon Morris College before transferring to the University of Michigan,

Ann Arbor.

For her role on “Justified” (2010) (TV), she was named one of the “Eight Actors Who Turn Television into Art,” in a cover story of The New York Times Magazine (9/11/11). Ms. Martindale has more than 76 TV and film credits including “Harry’s Law,” “Secretariat,” “Mercy,” Medium,” Million Dollar Baby,” “28 Days,” “Ed” and “Law & Order.”

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