Where is the cast of the original ‘A League Of Their Own’ now?
A league apart turns 30 this year. The story of a women’s baseball league was a big hit and became a star in the filmographies of its stars. The franchise received its own series of reboots on Amazon this year, but what happened to the original cast? Let’s find out.
Okay, Tom Hanks needs no explanation, but it’s important to note how A league apart was in his career. The story goes that Hanks hit hard with Big and it was set for life, but it’s not. With the exception of the years 1989 Turner & HoochHanks has starred in many bombshells like Bonfire of the Vanities. A league apart marked the start of an incredible run for him.
After Insomnia in Seattle and philadelphia cream by 1993, Hanks had truly cemented his place among the Hollywood greats. Hanks most recently appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis alongside Austin Butler, but he also has a few projects in development.
Madonna is, well, Madonna. She remains an icon and tabloid subject these many years later. A league apart was probably the peak of her commercial film career (at least as an actress – more on that in a bit), but we seriously doubt she’d care. In 1993, she was working with Abel Ferrara. You don’t work with Ferrara to remain commercially viable.
However, her career is still booming: Madonna is currently celebrating the August 19 release of her compilation album FINALLY ENOUGH LOVE: 50 NUMBER ONE and co-writing and directing a biopic on his life.
Did you know Geena Davis wasn’t supposed to be in A league apart? She only got the gig because Demi Moore got pregnant and was replaced by Madonna, causing Debra Winger to drop out. Davis was on an incredible streak, having won an Oscar for The accidental tourist and another nomination for Thelma and Louise. A league apart was his last hit for some time.
Davis hasn’t stopped working. You can catch it in cat island of Zoë Kravitz soon. Davis has made an incredible impact on the big screen with her humanitarian work. She champions Title IX, Gender Equality in Children’s Media, and launched the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. In 2019, she received the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her work.
Lori Petty was a hot commodity in 1991. She had just starred in the action classic Breaking point the previous year and would play in tank girl in 1995. She found steady work in the DC Animated Universe as Livewire, but her career would continue to blossom from there. Petty got a second big break in 2014 when she joined Orange is the new black. She recently starred in the hit film adaptation of the dystopian novel station eleven on HBO Max.
Rosie O’Donnell had her big break star search. The comedian has oscillated between big projects like Insomnia in Seattle and The Flintstones before settling into the daytime talk show scene. At its peak, The Rosie O’Donnell Show had no equal The Oprah Winfrey Show. O’Donnell sadly joined View in 2006 before quitting amid a major beef with co-host Elizabeth Hasselback. However, she returned for another year in 2014.
Today, O’Donnell is more in demand than ever. She’s one of the only original cast members to return for Amazon’s reboot of A league apart. She also had a starring role in Showtime’s reboot of american gigoloand she was all over the hit Netflix series Russian doll.
1992 was a huge year for Anne Ramsay. Above A league apartshe starred in the NBC sitcom Crazy of you. She appeared in 93 episodes of the series and returned for the 2019 reboot. Like O’Donnell, Ramsay appeared on The word I.
Ramsay continued to receive regular work in guest roles in the early 2000s on television shows such as Dexter, six feet under, and The secret life of an American teenager. Ramsay continues to book steady work, scoring a spot as Greta Van Susteren in Bomb and a recurring role on the canceled NBC series Ordinary Joe.
Did you know Bill Pullman was in A league apart? He played Davis’ husband, Bob Hinson. It came a few years after the two starred in The accidental tourist. Pullman’s most famous role came as President Thomas Whitmore on independence day. Pullman was called in for the sequel in 2016. You can see Pullman starring alongside David Harbor in the West End production crazy house.
Jon Lovitz had just completed a successful stint on Saturday Night Live when he appeared in A league apart. In 1994, he voiced Jay Sherman in The critica cult classic anime series from the creators of The simpsons. When his best friend Phil Hartman tragically passed away, Lovitz replaced him on the sitcom NewsRadio. Today, Lovitz is a full-fledged entity that regularly stars in numerous projects each year. Staying friends with Adam Sandler also guaranteed Lovitz guest roles in movies like The Wedding Singer and adults 2.
Director Penny Marshall received a Best Picture nomination for A league apart. The Laverne and Shirley star remains one of the most successful female directors of all time. Marshall retired from filmmaking in 2001, but continued to produce films, including Delighted and Cinderella Man in 2005. Towards the end of his life, Marshall had guest roles on shows like Portlandiaand Mulaney, demonstrating the impact she had on a whole generation of comedians. Marshall died in 2018.