Mary Kay Place

Mary Kay Place

Highest Rated: 100% Starting Over (1979)

Lowest Rated: 20% More American Graffiti (1979)

Birthday: Sep 23, 1947

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

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.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet No Score Yet The Prom Unknown (Character) - 2020
93% 70% Diane Diane (Character) $339.4K 2018
37% 16% State Like Sleep Elaine (Character) $2.8K 2018
45% 50% Youth in Oregon Estelle Engersol (Character) - 2016
47% 59% The Hollars Pam (Character) $1M 2016
60% 73% The Intern Jules's Mom (Character) $75.6M 2015
93% 68% I'll See You in My Dreams Rona (Character) $7.4M 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Breakup Girl Joan Baker (Character) - 2015
25% 35% Miss Meadows Mrs. Davenport (Character) - 2014
38% 35% Last Weekend Jeannie (Character) $6.1K 2014
No Score Yet 38% Holidaze Elaine (Character) - 2013
62% 41% Milo Beatrice (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet You're in Charge Penny Guidry (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Country Christmas Story Sarah (Character) - 2013
83% 68% Smashed Rochelle (Character) $376K 2012
58% 54% Shrek Forever After Guard Witch (Voice) - 2010
66% 52% Youth in Revolt Mrs. Saunders (Character) $15.3M 2009
58% 60% It's Complicated Joanne (Character) $112.7M 2009
53% 46% City of Ember Mrs. Murdo (Character) $7.9M 2008
No Score Yet 70% War Eagle, Arkansas Jessie (Character) $43.1K 2008
62% 60% Grace Is Gone Woman at Funeral (Character) $50.1K 2007
75% 67% Nine Lives Alma Morgan (Character) $478.3K 2005
60% 57% Lonesome Jim Sally (Character) $154.1K 2005
40% 74% Killer Diller Dr. Gwen Bradley (Character) $17.3K 2004
75% No Score Yet Death and Texas Mrs. Kim (Character) - 2004
46% 79% Latter Days Sister Gladys Davis (Character) $819.9K 2004
44% 30% Evergreen Susan (Character) $1.6K 2004
48% 32% Silver City Grace Seymour (Character) $1M 2004
38% 78% Sweet Home Alabama Pearl (Character) $127.2M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Further Tales of the City Prue Giroux (Character) - 2001
50% 65% The Safety of Objects Helen Christianson (Character) $319.1K 2001
52% 76% My First Mister Patty (Character) $621.4K 2001
49% 61% Human Nature Nathan's Mother (Character) $695.9K 2001
No Score Yet 9% Nailed Fern Romano (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story Unknown (Character) - 2000
43% 35% Committed Psychiatrist (Character) $31.8K 2000
93% 87% Being John Malkovich Floris (Character) $22.9M 1999
54% 84% Girl, Interrupted Barbara Gilcrest (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story Jan Martinez (Character) - 1999
52% 64% Pecker Joyce (Character) $2.3M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Point Last Seen Coreen Davis (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 77% Naturally Native Madame Celeste (Character) $10.5K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Make The Cruelest Month Unknown (Character) - 1998
75% 80% Eye of God Claire Spencer (Character) $85.7K 1997
82% 77% John Grisham's The Rainmaker Dot Black (Character) $45.9M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love in Another Town Sam (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 69% For My Daughter's Honor Betty Ann Dustin (Character) - 1996
81% 74% Citizen Ruth Gail Stoney (Character) $278.5K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Very Best Friend Molly Butler (Character) - 1996
62% 59% Manny & Lo Elaine (Character) $435K 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance Norma Williams (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 40% Teresa's Tattoo Nora (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bed of Lies Jean Daniel Murph (Character) - 1992
23% 52% Captain Ron Katherine Harvey (Character) $22.5M 1992
No Score Yet 82% Crazy From the Heart Merrilee Playton (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 43% Samantha Marilyn (Character) - 1991
80% 31% Bright Angel Judy (Character) $17.4K 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Out on the Edge Sondra Evetts (Character) - 1989
29% 28% A New Life Donna (Character) $7.4M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Portrait of a White Marriage Joyce Harrison (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 96% The Girl Who Spelled Freedom Prissy Thrash (Character) - 1986
75% 42% Smooth Talk Katherine (Character) - 1985
77% 67% Explorers Mrs. Crandall (uncredited) (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Love or Money K.K. (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 67% Waltz Across Texas Unknown (Character) - 1983
68% 77% The Big Chill Meg (Character) $57K 1983
No Score Yet 32% Modern Problems Lorraine (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 40% Act of Love Becky Wiggins (Character) - 1980
82% 60% Private Benjamin Pvt. Mary Lou Glass (Character) - 1980
20% 33% More American Graffiti Teensa (Character) - 1979
100% 58% Starting Over Marie (Character) - 1979
63% 58% New York, New York Bernice Bennett (Character) $91.9K 1977


49% 63% The Romanoffs Marilyn Hopkins (Character) 2018
92% 91% Imposters Marsha Bloom (Guest Star) 2017-2018
97% 77% Lady Dynamite Marilyn Bamford (Character) 2016-2017
88% 89% Grace and Frankie Amanda (Guest Star) 2015-2016
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Lady (Guest Voice) 2016
No Score Yet 86% The Mentalist Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
68% No Score Yet Rake Judge Cunningham (Guest Star) 2014
53% 71% The New Normal Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
57% 77% Californication Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
91% 89% Suburgatory Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
80% 76% Big Love Adaleen Grant (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2009-2011 2006-2007
96% 96% Pushing Daisies Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2008
83% 80% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
75% 95% The West Wing Surgeon General Millicent Griffith (Guest Star) 2004 2001
No Score Yet 68% King of the Hill Unknown (Guest Voice) 2004 1998
73% No Score Yet The Handler Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
78% 93% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Hope Garrett (Guest Star) 2002
93% 100% Undeclared Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Citizen Baines Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wild Thornberrys Unknown (Guest Voice) 2000
100% 95% My So-Called Life Camille Cherski (Guest Star) 1994-1995
85% No Score Yet thirtysomething Patsy Klein (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Boom Director 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Loretta Haggers (Character) 1976-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show Sally Jo Hochkiss (Guest Star),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Moon Writer 1974
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Lt. Louise Simmons (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet 86% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1973


Pearl says: Some people might call 'em spoiled, but I think that these almost ruined ones sometimes make the sweetest jam.

Pearl Smooter says: Your daddy... Lord, but I was a fool for that man. I couldn't even put one foot in front of the other. I just kept thinkin', "Oh, preacher, hurry up before he changes his mind!" Now that man makes me so crazy sometimes I could wring his neck!

Melanie Carmichael says: You still love him, though.

Pearl Smooter says: God knows I do. And only He knows why.

Meg says: I feel terrible. The last time I spoke with Alex we had a fight. I yelled at him.

Nick says: That's probably why he killed himself.

Gladys Davis says: My son? Let me tell you something you son of a bitch, thanks to you, my son took a razor to his wrist! Thanks to you, I have lost my son! [cuts to Christian on the phone, Glady's voice] And I hope you burn! I hope you burn forever!

Aaron Davis says: What if it's not something I've done? What if it's who I am!?

Gladys Davis says: [Slaps Aaron] Don't say that! Don't you ever even think that! [Aaron cries and she starts to cry, but composes herself.] You can be forgiven. Maybe heavenly father can forgive you for what you've done, but who you are? You can never forgive something like that.