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Mary Kay Place
Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign:
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
Teamed with friend Linda Bloodworth (who later created
) to write sitcom scripts, including
Friends and Lovers
; received first Emmy nomination for writing
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
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
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
University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK (BA in Radio and TV Production, 1969)
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