Margaret White (nee Brigham) is one of the two main villains of Stephen King's novel Carrie, its film adaptations, and the Broadway musical. She is the abusive and religious mother of the titular anti-villain Carrie White, and is obsessed with her excessive convictions on Christian principles of modesty and chastity.
She was portrayed by Piper Laurie in the 1976 film, Patricia Clarkson in the 2002 film, who also portrayed Ava Paige, and Julianne Moore in the 2013 film who also portrayed President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Parts 1 and 2, Mother Malkin in The Seventh Son and Poppy Adams in Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
The wife of the late Ralph White and the mother of Carrie, Margaret lived with her mother and father, John Brigham and Judith Brighman (nee Cochran), respectively in Motton, Maine until 1960, when she moved to Chamberlain Center with Ralph White. Two years later, they married on March 23, 1962; shortly after, on April 3, 1962, Margaret was admitted to Westover Doctors Hospital for a suspected miscarriage. Five months later on August 19, 1962, she last wrote to her mother, Judith Brigham, and later became pregnant in December that year, though she was convinced that she was afflicted with "cancer of the womanly parts".
Her husband died in February 1963 in a grisly construction accident, and she gave birth to her daughter alone on September 21, 1963. 3 years later on August 17, 1966, her house was deluged with stones from the sky brought on by her daughter's demonic powers after she punished the girl particularly hard.
Margaret White was very emotionally unstable and suffered from untreated mental illness. She was an extremely abusive and religious zealot who punished her daughter continually for any and all "sins", viewing her as a demonic child and showing no remorse at all over severe emotional and physical abuse. She also heavily believed herself to be continually under assault from evil forces.
In the novel's climax, Margaret was killed and slaughtered by her own daughter Carrie in revenge, ending her reign of terror once and for all, sadly before this occurs, the madwoman is able to stab her daughter - this would later prove to be somewhat fatal and Carrie died a short time later in the arms of one of her few friends, Sue Snell. In the movie, Carrie died along with her mother as their home crumbled on top of them due to Carrie's telekinetic powers gone awry and unstable.
In the original 1976 film adaptation, she died after having been stabbed and crucified by the kitchen knives unleashed by the stabbed Carrie's demonic powers.
In the 2002 TV film, she died because of a massive heart attack brought on by Carrie's power (according to the novel Carrie) when she tried to drown her daughter in a filled bathtub while reciting the "bedtime prayer".
In the 2013 remake, this version of Margaret was similar to her 1976 counterpart but was less attractive and harmed herself more severely, cutting her arm and scratching the wounds until they bleed. She also banged her head against a wall and a wooden door. She was just as mentally unstable and just as abusive and domineering towards Carrie as her 1976 counterpart, but was portrayed as slightly more sympathetic (hardly much more, though). Margaret was ultimately killed and slaughtered in the same way as her 1976 counterpart.
According to the 1976 film's sequel, The Rage: Carrie 2, Margaret's ex-husband Ralph White, long before his death, had another wife named Barbara Lang, who had in the same way, given birth to her daughter Rachel, Carrie's half-sister.
- Ralph White (ex-husband, deceased)
- Carrie White (daughter, deceased)
- John Brigham (father, deceased)
- Judith Brigham (mother)
- Rachel Lang (stepdaughter)
- Unnamed father-in-law
- Unnamed mother-in-law
- Mr. Cochran (maternal grandfather, deceased)
- Sadie Cochran (maternal grandmother, deceased)
- Harold Allison (stepfather)