Debra Winger says she left

Debra Winger has set the record straight over why she quit her starring role in director Penny Marshall’s beloved 1992 baseball film, “A League of Their Own.”

The two-time Oscar-winning actress Winger, 66, told Britain’s Daily Telegraph she objected to Madonna’s casting because it made the project “an Elvis film” and was not what she signed up for. Madonna, now 63, was cast as center fielder Mae Mordabito in the story of the first female professional baseball league. 

“The studio agreed with me because it was the only time I ever collected a pay-or-play on my contract,” Winger said. “In other words, I collected my pay even though I did not play, and that’s very hard to get in a court.”

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Penny Marshall directed Madonna in 'A League of Their Own,' the first movie directed by a woman to gross $100 million.

In one of her most celebrated roles, Geena Davis took over from Winger’s role as catcher Dottie Hinson, the heart of “League.” The sports comedy-drama stars Lori Petty as pitcher Kit Keller, Rosie O’Donnell as Doris Murphy and Tom Hanks as manager Jimmy Dugan.

Winger said she was ultimately dismayed by the film. In her opinion, the story did not appropriately honor the original, real-life players.

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