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Mary Kay Place

Award-winning actor, writer and director Mary Kay Place will next be seen alongside Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in Nancy Meyers's IT'S COMPLICATED; and with Emily Mortimer in LEONIE. She appears regularly as Adaleen Grant on HBO's hit series Big Love.

Place first garnered acclaim for her portrayal of country music singer Loretta Haggers in the cult classic television series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. She won an Emmy Award for the role and was nominated for a Grammy for a companion album titled Tonite! At The Capri Lounge with Loretta Haggers.

Place worked with noted directors on their most cherished films, including Spike Jonez's BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (for which she shared a SAG Award Nomination for Best Performance by a Cast), Francis Ford Coppola's THE RAINMAKER, James Mangold's GIRL INTERRUPTED, John Waters's PECKER, Alexander Payne's CITIZEN RUTH, Alan Pakula's STARTING OVER, Martin Scorsese's NEW YORK, NEW YORK and, perhaps most famously, Larry Kasdan's THE BIG CHILL.

Her numerous additional film credits include MANNY & LO (for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award), GRACE IS GONE, THE TOE TACTIC, MAMA'S BOY, NINE LIVES, LONESOME JIM, DEATH AND TEXAS, EVERGREEN, LATTER DAYS, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, MY FIRST MISTER, COMMITTED, TERESA'S TATTOO, SAMANTHA, CAPTAIN RON, PORTRAIT OF A WHITE MARRIAGE, and SMOOTH TALK.

Place's television credits include favorites Pushing Daisies, Grey's Anatomy, Tales Of The City, Thirtysomething, Further Tales Of The City, My So-Called Life, All In The Family, M*A*S*H, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

She spent much of her early career as a writer for television, scripting episodes of M*A*S*H, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She shared an Emmy nomination with Linda Bloodworth-Thomason for their work on M*A*S*H in 1974.

Place continues to direct series television, notably on Dream On, Friends, Arli$$, and The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman."


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Mary Kay Place Facts

OccupationActress
BirthdaySeptember 23, 1947 (70)
SignLibra
BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Selected Filmography

I'll See You in My Dreams
Leonie
Captain Ron
It's Complicated
Youth in Oregon
Protest
Sweet Home Alabama
John Grisham's The Rainmaker
City of Ember
Lonesome Jim
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