First job in Hollywood was as a production assistant for Tim Conway, which led to a secretarial job with Norman Lear typing Maude scripts.
Teamed with friend Linda Bloodworth (who later created Designing Women) to write sitcom scripts, including Friends and Lovers and M*A*S*H; received first Emmy nomination for writing M*A*S*H episode "Hot Lips and Empty Arms."
Big acting break came when Lear put her on All in the Family as Gloria's friend and sang the self-penned protest song "If Communism Comes Knocking on Your Door, Don't Answer It."
Lear later cast her as country singer Loretta Haggers on the cult soap spoof Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, for which she won a supporting actress Emmy.
Wrote more than 70 songs for her Haggers character and recorded the Grammy-nominated Tonite! At the Capri Lounge, Loretta Haggers in character.
Film debut was in 1976's Bound for Glory; first major role was in Martin Scorsese's New York, New York; most memorable screen part was as a single woman trying to get pregnant in The Big Chill.
While still enjoying a successful acting career, carved out a secondary career as a sitcom director on Baby Boom, Dream On, Friends and Arli$$.
1977, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
1974, Emmy — Best Writing in Comedy: Nominee
Bradley E. Place — Father
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States (BA in Radio and TV Production, 1969)