Marilyn Whitmore
Maryilyn Portrait
Biographical Information
Name: Marilyn Whitmore
Status: Deceased
Date of death: July 3, 1996
Place of death: Area 51, Nevada
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Career Information
Profession: First Lady of the United States
Family Information
Spouse(s): Thomas Whitmore
Children: Patricia Whitmore
Played by: Mary McDonnell
First appearance: Independence Day

Marilyn Whitmore was the First Lady and the wife of Thomas Whitmore.


Marilyn was regarded as a popular figure among the ordinary Americans due to her ground-to-earth style behavior and no-nonsense manner of speaking to the public. While her husband's presidency floundered, Marilyn became the the administration's potent political weapon to deter its reputation.[1]

Marilyn was attending a campaign fundraiser in Los Angeles during the War of 1996. She had planned to evacuate to Nellis Air Force Base but chose to remain longer in the city to keep the public calm in the midst of the crisis much like her husband in Washington, D.C. Marilyn was being escorted out of the city by helicopter but wasn't able to escape from the ensuing devastation in which her helicopter crashed that left her gravely wounded. She was found by Boomer, the pet dog of Jasmine Dubrow, who takes her and other survivors to the ruins of El Toro in an attempt to find help.

Captain Steven Hiller arrived to El Toro with an acquisition helicopter and took Marilyn and the other survivors to Area 51, where her family were located. Doctors soon learned that Marilyn has internal bleeding that has been going on for too long and it is impossible to save her. Whitmore tries to console her that "The Doctors say everything is going to be alright" even though they both know this is not the truth. She playfully calls him a liar as they have their final moment together.

When Washington, D.C. was rebuilt, a hospital was named after Marilyn Whitmore in her honor, where Jasmine Dubrow would work prior to the War of 2016. In Area 51, the Marilyn Whitmore Hospital was built in her name.



Behind the ScenesEdit

  • Mary McDonnell accepted her role immediately after her agent pitched the film by simply saying "It's about 15-mile-wide spaceships".
  • The First Lady's hotel scenes were shot at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, one of the most popular filming locations in the city.


  1. Independence Day: Official Novelization
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