Mary Kay Place

Mary Kay Place

Highest Rated: 100% Starting Over (1979)

Lowest Rated: 8% Mama's Boy (2007)

Birthday: Sep 23, 1947

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

University of Tulsa graduate Mary Kay Place hightailed it to Hollywood in hopes of becoming a writer and performer of comedy material. She was hired for 1970s The Tim Conway Comedy Hour as a production assistant to both star Conway and producer Norman Lear. It was Conway who gave her her first on-camera break, while Lear saw to it that Place received her first writing credit on his subsequent All in the Family. Lear displayed her to even better advantage in the role of senseless, tactless, and eminently lovable would-be C&W star Loretta Haggers on the satirical soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1976-1977). She won an Emmy for her work as Loretta, and was later nominated for a Grammy for her spin-off musical album, Tonight! At the Capri Lounge...Loretta Haggers. She wrote scripts for such TV sitcoms as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Phyllis, and MASH, usually in collaboration with her professional partner (and future Designing Women producer), Linda Bloodworth. In films since 1976's Bound for Glory, Place has only occasionally been given a chance to shine on the big screen; the best of her movie roles include the washout nightclub singer who briefly replaces Liza Minnelli in New York, New York (1976), and the reconstituted "child of the '60s" who eagerly volunteers for surrogate motherhood in The Big Chill (1983). Place then continued to work on a variety of projects throughout the 80's and 90's, playing family friend Camille Chersky on the tragically-cancelled dramatic series My So-Called Life, and directing episodes of TV shows like Friends and Arli$$. With the new millennium, Place turned once again towards the big screen, enjoying appearances in films like Being John Malkovich and Girl, Interrupted, but she continued to work in TV as well, with a recurring role on the Showtime series Big Love -- which earned her an Ammy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress on a Drama Series in 2010.


Highest Rated Movies



93% Diane Diane 2019
36% State Like Sleep Actor 2019
45% Youth in Oregon Estelle Engersol 2017
46% The Hollars Pam $1.1M 2016
60% The Intern Jule's Mom $60.9M 2015
93% I'll See You in My Dreams Rona 2015
No Score Yet The Breakup Girl Joan 2015
25% Miss Meadows Mrs. Davenport 2014
35% Last Weekend Jeannie $3.2K 2014
No Score Yet You're In Charge Actor 2014
No Score Yet A Country Christmas Story Sarah 2013
62% Bad Milo! Beatrice 2013
42% Leonie Albiana, Leonie's Mother $54.2K 2013
83% Smashed Rochelle $0.4M 2012
No Score Yet Milo Actor 2012
58% Shrek Forever After Guard Witch $238.4M 2010
66% Youth in Revolt Mrs. Saunders $15.2M 2010
58% It's Complicated Joanne $112.8M 2009
77% Julie & Julia Voice of Julie's Mom $94.2M 2009
No Score Yet War Eagle, Arkansas Jessie 2009
44% The Toe Tactic Mona's Mom 2009
53% City of Ember Mrs. Murdo $7.9M 2008
62% Grace Is Gone Woman at Funeral 2007
8% Mama's Boy Barbara 2007
60% Lonesome Jim Sally 2006
75% Nine Lives Dr. Alma Wyatt $0.2M 2005
48% Silver City Grace Seymour $0.9M 2004
44% Evergreen Susan Turly 2004
40% Killer Diller Dr. Gwen Bradley 2004
75% Death & Texas Actor 2004
45% Latter Days Gladys Davis 2004
No Score Yet Nobody Knows Anything Actor 2003
38% Sweet Home Alabama Pearl $127.3M 2002
49% Human Nature Nathan's Mother $0.7M 2002
52% My First Mister Patty 2002
No Score Yet Nailed Fern Romano 2002
No Score Yet A Woman's a Helluva Thing Cecilia 2001
50% The Safety of Objects Helen Christianson $86.8K 2001
45% Committed Psychiatrist 2000
54% Girl, Interrupted Mrs. Gilcrest 1999
93% Being John Malkovich Floris 1999
No Score Yet Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story Jan Martinez 1999
52% Pecker Joyce 1998
No Score Yet Naturally Native Madam Celeste 1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker Dot Black 1997
83% The Rainmaker Dot Black 1997
75% Eye of God Claire Spencer 1997
No Score Yet My Very Best Friend Molly 1997
81% Citizen Ruth Gail Stoney 1996
No Score Yet For My Daughter's Honor Betty Ann Dustin 1996
62% Manny & Lo Elaine 1996
No Score Yet The Gospel According to Jesus Actor 1995
No Score Yet Teresa's Tattoo Nora 1994
No Score Yet Samantha Marilyn 1992
23% Captain Ron Katherine Harvey 1992
No Score Yet Locuras del Corazón Merrilee Playton 1991
80% Bright Angel Judy 1991
No Score Yet Out on the Edge Sondra Evetts 1989
No Score Yet Portrait of a White Marriage Actor 1988
29% A New Life Donna 1988
No Score Yet The Girl Who Spelled Freedom Actor 1986
77% Explorers Mrs. Crandall 1985
78% Smooth Talk Katherine 1985
No Score Yet The History of White People in America Actor 1985
No Score Yet For Love or Money K.K. 1984
68% The Big Chill Meg 1983
No Score Yet Waltz Across Texas Kit Producer 1982
No Score Yet Modern Problems Lorraine 1981
81% Private Benjamin Pvt. Mary Lou Glass 1980
No Score Yet Act of Love Becky Wiggins 1980
100% Starting Over Marie 1979
20% More American Graffiti Teensa $8.2M 1979
57% New York, New York Bernice 1977
86% Bound for Glory Actor 1976
No Score Yet Kansas City Bomber Actor 1972


97% Lady Dynamite
Marilyn Bamford 2017
No Score Yet The Mentalist
Belinda 2015
67% Rake
Judge Cunningham 2014
92% Suburgatory
Gam Gam 2013
55% The New Normal
Colleen 2013
79% Big Love
Adaleen Grant 2011
79% Bored to Death
Kathryn Joiner 2010
96% Pushing Daisies
Annabelle Vandersloop 2008
75% Saving Grace
Dorothy 2007
81% Grey's Anatomy
Ollie 2006
No Score Yet Numb3rs
Hester Stirling 2006
88% The Handler
Naomi 2004
No Score Yet King of the Hill
Voice 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Hope Garrett 2002
No Score Yet Armistead Maupin's 'Further Tales of the City'
Prue Giroux 2001
75% The West Wing
Dr. Millicent Griffith 2001
62% Arli$$
Director 1996
No Score Yet Dream On
Director 1996
78% Friends
Director 1995
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1977
No Score Yet Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
Loretta Haggers 1977
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Sally Jo Hotchkiss 1975
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
Screenwriter Louise 1974
No Score Yet All in the Family
Betty Sue 1973
75% More Tales Of The City
Prue Giroux
100% Tales of the City
Prue Giroux


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.