Mary Kay Place



  • Birth Place: Tulsa, OK
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/23/1947, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor; writer; director; singer
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Mary Kay Place Fast Facts:
  • 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$$.
  • Mary Kay Place Relationships:
  • Bradley E. Place - Father
  • Mary Kay Place Awards:
  • 1977 Emmy: Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1974 Emmy: Best Writing in Comedy - Nominee
  • College:
  • University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK (BA in Radio and TV Production, 1969)

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