Mary Kay Place

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
A versatile and multi-talented performer on film and in television, Emmy winner Mary Kay Place essayed free-thinking, often eccentric women in projects ranging from "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976-77) and ... Read more »
Born: 09/22/1947 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (112)

I'll See You In My Dreams 2015 (Movie)

Rona (Actor)

Nobody Knows Anything 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Mentalist 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Country Christmas Story 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Claire's Cambodia 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Getting On 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Weekend 2014 (Movie)

Jeannie (Actor)

Miss Meadows 2014 (Movie)

Mrs. Davenport (Actor)

Rake 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bad Milo! 2013 (Movie)

Beatrice (Actor)

Californication 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Leonie 2013 (Movie)

Albiana (Actor)

Suburgatory 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The New Normal 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smashed 2012 (Movie)

Rochelle (Actor)

Big Love 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1998 - 1999, 2004, 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bored to Death 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shrek Forever After 2010 (Movie)

Guard Witch (Voice)

Youth in Revolt 2010 (Movie)

Mrs Saunders (Actor)

It's Complicated 2009 (Movie)

Joanne (Actor)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Julie's Mom (Actor)

The Toe Tactic 2009 (Movie)

Amelia Peek (Actor)

War Eagle 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

City of Ember 2008 (Movie)

Mrs Murdo (Actor)

Pushing Daisies 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace is Gone 2007 (Movie)

Woman at Funeral (Actor)

Mama's Boy 2007 (Movie)

Barbara (Actor)

Saving Grace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Death & Texas 2006 (Movie)

Greta Kim (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Killer Diller 2006 (Movie)

Dr Bradley (Actor)

Lonesome Jim 2006 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Numb3rs 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack & Bobby 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nine Lives 2005 (Movie)

Alma (Actor)

A Woman's A Helluva Thing 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Evergreen 2004 (Movie)

Susan Turly (Actor)

Silver City 2004 (Movie)

Grace Seymour (Actor)

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Handler 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2001, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Latter Days 2003 (Movie)

Gladys (Actor)

The Safety of Objects 2003 (Movie)

Helen Christianson (Actor)

Citizen Baines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Human Nature 2002 (Movie)

Nathan's Mother (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

Pearl Smooter (Actor)

Undeclared 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

My First Mister 2001 (Movie)

Patty (Actor)

Nailed 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Committed 2000 (Movie)

Psychiatrist (Actor)

Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)

Floris (Actor)

Girl, Interrupted 1999 (Movie)

Mrs Gilcrest (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Christine Lahti 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Naturally Native 1999 (Movie)

Madam Celeste (Actor)

How to Make the Cruelest Month 1998 (Movie)

Mary Bryant (Actor)

Pecker 1998 (Movie)

Joyce--Pecker's Mother (Actor)

Eye of God 1997 (Movie)

Claire Spencer (Actor)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

Dot Black (Actor)

Citizen Ruth 1996 (Movie)

Gail Stoney (Actor)

Manny and Lo 1996 (Movie)

Elaine (Actor)

My Very Best Friend 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Leslie's Folly 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Talking With 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gift 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

My So-Called Life 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Teresa's Tattoo 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Captain Ron 1992 (Movie)

Katherine Harvey (Actor)

Samantha 1992 (Movie)

Marilyn (Actor)

Bright Angel 1991 (Movie)

Judy (Actor)

Traitor in My House 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Out on the Edge 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

A New Life 1988 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

Smooth Talk 1986 (Movie)

Katherine (Actor)

For Love or Money 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

of Doris (Voice)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

Meg (Actor)

Waltz Across Texas 1983 (Movie)

Kit (Actor)

Act of Love 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Modern Problems 1981 (Movie)

Lorraine (Actor)

Private Benjamin 1980 (Movie)

Private Mary Lou Glass (Actor)

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

Teensa (Actor)

Starting Over 1979 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

Forever Fernwood 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

John Denver: Thank God I'm a Country Boy 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

New York, New York 1977 (Movie)

Bernice (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cheerleaders 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Bed of Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Crazy From the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Holidaze (TV Show)

Actor

Indecent Seduction (TV Show)

Actor

Just My Imagination (TV Show)

Actor

Mom's on Strike (TV Show)

Actor

Point Last Seen (TV Show)

Actor

Telling Secrets (TV Show)

Actor

The Booth (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

Citizen Ruth 1996 (Movie)

("Soldiers of Christ") (Song)

Citizen Ruth 1996 (Movie)

("The Joyful Song") (Music)

The Wide Net 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Song Performer
Director (3)

Lassie 1989 - 1990, 1994 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Arli$$ 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

Friends 1995 (Tv Show)

Director
Writer (2)

Phyllis 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

A versatile and multi-talented performer on film and in television, Emmy winner Mary Kay Place essayed free-thinking, often eccentric women in projects ranging from "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976-77) and "The Big Chill" (1983) to "Being John Malkovich" (1999) and "Big Love" (HBO, 2006- ). Her knack for gentle comedy and singing caught the eye of both Tim Conway and Norman Lear, who provided her first breaks in the early 1970s; a brief stint as an Emmy-nominated writer preceded stardom as Loretta Haggers, would-be country singer on "Mary Hartman," leading to the recording of a successful album as Haggers in 1976. In the 1980s and 1990s, she was a capable character actress, switching deftly from comedy to drama while honing a second career as a TV director. "Big Love" gave her the choicest role of her later career as the Lady Macbeth-like wife of a polygamist leader; her chameleon qualities as an actress, as well as her impressive body of credits, ensured her steady work and admiration from her peers and fans.

EDUCATION

University of Tulsa

Tulsa , Oklahoma

Milestones

2009

Co-starred with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in the comedy, "It's Complicated"

2006

Co-starred in Steve Buscemi's "Lonesome Jim"

2006

Cast in a recurring role in HBO's "Big Love" playing the mother of (Chloë Sevigny's character) Nikki; earned an Emmy (2010) nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

2005

Cast in the ensemble "Nine Lives"; Rodrigo García directs a series of vignettes, offering glimpses into the lives of nine women

2004

Featured in the coming-of-age drama "Evergreen"

2002

Cast as Reese Witherspoon's mother in the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama"

2001

Co-starred as a San Francisco socialite in "Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City" (Showtime)

2001

Played Tim Robbins' etiquette-obsessed mother in "Human Nature," scripted by Charlie Kaufman (released theatrically in USA in 2002)

2001

Co-starred with Albert Brooks in the dark comedy, "My First Mister"; shown at Sundance (released theatrically in 2002)

1999

Had featured role as a secretary with a hearing problem in "Being John Malkovich," scripted by Charlie Kaufman

1998

Portrayed the thrift-shop owning mom of a youthful photographer in John Waters' "Pecker"

1997

Cast as the mother of a critically ill boy refused treatment by an insurance company in "John Grisham's The Rainmaker"

1996

Had major role as a kidnapped shop clerk who becomes a mother figure to her kidnappers in "Manny & Lo"

1994

Played a recurring role on the acclaimed ABC comedy-drama series, "My So-Called Life"

1992

Co-starred as Martin Short's wife the the comedy, "Captain Ron"

1990

Directed an episode of HBO's "Dream On"

1988

Directed an episode of "Baby Boom" (NBC), the sitcom version of the feature

1983

Played Meg, the single career woman who desperately craves motherhood in "The Big Chill"

1977

Reprised the role of Loretta Haggers for "Forever Fernwood," a syndicated spin-off from "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"

1977

First major supporting role in a feature, Martin Scorsese's "New York, New York"

1976

Feature debut, a bit part in "Bound for Glory," the biopic of folk singer Woody Guthrie

1976

Cast as would-be country and western star Loretta Haggers on Lear's syndicated nightly soap spoof, "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"; Wrote 75 songs for her character

1975

Began writing for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

1973

Co-wrote, with partner Linda Bloodworth, episodes of "M*A*S*H"

1973

Made acting debut on an episode of "All in the Family" (CBS); sang her own composition, "When Communism Comes Knocking On Your Door, Don't Answer It"

1969

First industry job, served as assistant to Tim Conway on the CBS variety series, "The Tim Conway Comedy Hour"

Recorded three C&W albums including the Grammy-nominated "Loretta Haggers: Tonight at the Capri Lounge"

Worked as a secretary for producer Norman Lear during the run of "Maude"

Moved from Oklahoma to L.A. after college

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