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Born: September 23, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Profession: screenwriter, actor, singer, songwriter, director, personal assistant, secretary

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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, 2006-11). 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.

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, 2006-11). 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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 State Like Sleep (2017)
2.
 Hollars, The (2016)
3.
 Youth In Oregon (2016)
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 Intern, The (2015)
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 Last Weekend (2014)
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 Bad Milo (2013)
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 Smashed (2011)
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Moved from Oklahoma to L.A. after college
1970:
First industry job, served as assistant to Tim Conway on the CBS variety series, "The Tim Conway Comedy Hour"
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Worked as a secretary for producer Norman Lear during the run of "Maude"
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"
1973:
Co-wrote, with partner Linda Bloodworth, episodes of "M*A*S*H"
1975:
Began writing for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
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
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Recorded three C&W albums including the Grammy-nominated "Loretta Haggers: Tonight at the Capri Lounge"
1977:
First major supporting role in a feature, Martin Scorsese's "New York, New York"
1977:
Reprised the role of Loretta Haggers for "Forever Fernwood," a syndicated spin-off from "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"
1983:
Played Meg, the single career woman who desperately craves motherhood in "The Big Chill"
1988:
Directed an episode of "Baby Boom" (NBC), the sitcom version of the feature
1990:
Directed an episode of HBO's "Dream On"
1992:
Co-starred as Martin Short's wife the the comedy, "Captain Ron"
1994:
Played a recurring role on the acclaimed ABC comedy-drama series, "My So-Called Life"
1996:
Had major role as a kidnapped shop clerk who becomes a mother figure to her kidnappers in "Manny & Lo"
1997:
Cast as the mother of a critically ill boy refused treatment by an insurance company in "John Grisham's The Rainmaker"
1998:
Portrayed the thrift-shop owning mom of a youthful photographer in John Waters' "Pecker"
1999:
Had featured role as a secretary with a hearing problem in "Being John Malkovich," scripted by Charlie Kaufman
2001:
Co-starred with Albert Brooks in the dark comedy, "My First Mister"; shown at Sundance (released theatrically in 2002)
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)
2002:
Cast as Reese Witherspoon's mother in the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama"
2004:
Featured in the coming-of-age drama "Evergreen"
2005:
Cast in the ensemble "Nine Lives"; Rodrigo García directs a series of vignettes, offering glimpses into the lives of nine women
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
2009:
Co-starred with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in the comedy, "It's Complicated"
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Education

University of Tulsa: Tulsa , Oklahoma -

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father:
Bradley E Place.

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