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Mary Kay Place

Highest Rated:   93% I'll See You in My Dreams (2015)
Lowest Rated:   8% Mama's Boy (2007)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
45% Youth in Oregon
  • Estelle Engersol
2017
44% The Hollars
  • Pam
$1.1M 2016
61% 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
28% Miss Meadows
  • Mrs. Davenport
2014
33% Last Weekend
  • Jeannie
$0.1M 2014
No Score Yet You're In Charge
  • Actor
2014
60% Bad Milo!
  • Beatrice
2013
42% Leonie
  • Albiana, Leonie's Mother
$0.1M 2013
84% Smashed
  • Rochelle
$0.4M 2012
No Score Yet Milo
  • Actor
2012
58% Shrek Forever After
  • Guard Witch
$238.4M 2010
65% Youth in Revolt
  • Mrs. Saunders
$15.2M 2010
57% It's Complicated
  • Joanne
$112.8M 2009
76% 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
$7.8M 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
No Score Yet Killer Diller
  • Dr. Gwen Bradley
2004
75% Death & Texas
  • Actor
2004
43% 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
53% My First Mister
  • Patty
2002
No Score Yet Nailed
  • Fern Romano
2002
No Score Yet A Woman's a Helluva Thing
  • Cecilia
2001
49% The Safety of Objects
  • Helen Christianson
$0.1M 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
82% The Rainmaker
  • Dot Black
1997
74% Eye of God
  • Claire Spencer
1997
No Score Yet My Very Best Friend
  • Molly
1997
80% 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
24% Captain Ron
  • Katherine Harvey
1992
80% Bright Angel
  • Judy
1991
No Score Yet Locuras del Corazón
  • Merrilee Playton
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
88% Terms of Endearment
  • Doris
1983
68% The Big Chill
  • Meg
1983
No Score Yet Waltz Across Texas
  • Kit
  • Producer
1982
No Score Yet Modern Problems
  • Lorraine
1981
No Score Yet Act of Love
  • Becky Wiggins
1980
No Score Yet Starting Over
  • Marie
1979
22% More American Graffiti
  • Teensa
$8.2M 1979
67% New York, New York
  • Bernice
1977
84% Bound for Glory
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Kansas City Bomber
  • Actor
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
94% Lady Dynamite
2016
  • Marilyn Bamford
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Belinda
  • 2015
66% Rake
2014
  • Judge Cunningham
  • 2014
88% Suburgatory
2011-2014
  • Gam Gam
  • 2013
53% The New Normal
2012-2013
  • Colleen
  • 2013
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Adaleen Grant
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Kathryn Joiner
  • 2010
No Score Yet Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
  • Annabelle Vandersloop
  • 2008
83% Saving Grace
2007-2010
  • Dorothy
  • 2007
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Ollie
  • 2006
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • Hester Stirling
  • 2006
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Hope Garrett
  • 2002
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Dr. Millicent Griffith
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 1977
No Score Yet Friends
2004
  • Director

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