Mary Kay Place

Mary Kay Place

Highest Rated: 94% Being John Malkovich (1999)

Lowest Rated: 8% Music (2021)

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

Being John Malkovich Diane
I'll See You in My Dreams
Smooth Talk
Smashed
Starting Over
John Grisham's The Rainmaker
Private Benjamin

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
8% 14% Music Millie (Character) - 2021
54% 63% The Prom Grandma Bea (Character) - 2020
93% 69% Diane Diane (Character) $339.4K 2018
37% 16% State Like Sleep Elaine (Character) $2.8K 2018
45% 48% Youth in Oregon Estelle Engersol (Character) - 2016
47% 59% The Hollars Pam (Character) $1.0M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Breakup Girl Joan Baker (Character) - 2015
59% 73% The Intern Jules's Mom (Character) $75.6M 2015
93% 68% I'll See You in My Dreams Rona (Character) $7.4M 2015
25% 35% Miss Meadows Mrs. Davenport (Character) - 2014
38% 34% Last Weekend Jeannie (Character) $6.1K 2014
No Score Yet 37% Holidaze Elaine (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Country Christmas Story Sarah (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet You're in Charge Penny Guidry (Character) - 2013
58% 41% Milo Beatrice (Character) - 2013
83% 68% Smashed Rochelle (Character) $376.0K 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
No Score Yet 70% War Eagle, Arkansas Jessie (Character) $43.1K 2008
54% 46% City of Ember Mrs. Murdo (Character) $7.9M 2008
62% 60% Grace Is Gone Woman at Funeral (Character) $50.1K 2007
60% 57% Lonesome Jim Sally (Character) $154.1K 2005
75% 67% Nine Lives Alma Morgan (Character) $478.3K 2005
44% 30% Evergreen Susan (Character) $1.6K 2004
40% 74% Killer Diller Dr. Gwen Bradley (Character) $17.3K 2004
48% 32% Silver City Grace Seymour (Character) $1.0M 2004
46% 79% Latter Days Sister Gladys Davis (Character) $819.9K 2004
75% No Score Yet Death and Texas Mrs. Kim (Character) - 2004
39% 78% Sweet Home Alabama Pearl (Character) $127.2M 2002
50% 65% The Safety of Objects Helen Christianson (Character) $319.1K 2001
No Score Yet 9% Nailed Fern Romano (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Further Tales of the City Prue Giroux (Character) - 2001
49% 61% Human Nature Nathan's Mother (Character) $695.9K 2001
52% 76% My First Mister Patty (Character) $621.4K 2001
43% 35% Committed Psychiatrist (Character) $31.8K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story Unknown (Character) - 2000
53% 84% Girl, Interrupted Barbara Gilcrest (Character) - 1999
94% 87% Being John Malkovich Floris (Character) $22.9M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story Jan Martinez (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Point Last Seen Coreen Davis (Character) - 1998
52% 64% Pecker Joyce (Character) $2.3M 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
82% 78% John Grisham's The Rainmaker Dot Black (Character) $45.9M 1997
75% 80% Eye of God Claire Spencer (Character) $85.7K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love in Another Town Sam (Character) - 1997
62% 61% Manny & Lo Elaine (Character) $435.0K 1996
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
No Score Yet 50% Teresa's Tattoo Nora (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance Norma Williams (Character) - 1994
23% 52% Captain Ron Katherine Harvey (Character) $22.5M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bed of Lies Jean Daniel Murph (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 82% Crazy From the Heart Merrilee Playton (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 40% Samantha Marilyn (Character) - 1991
80% 29% 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
74% 66% Explorers Mrs. Crandall (uncredited) (Character) - 1985
91% 44% Smooth Talk Katherine (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
69% 77% The Big Chill Meg (Character) $57.0K 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
83% 58% Starting Over Marie (Character) - 1979
62% 58% New York, New York Bernice Bennett (Character) $91.9K 1977

TV

Credit
48% 63% The Romanoffs Marilyn Hopkins (Character) 2018
93% 91% Imposters Marsha Bloom (Guest Star) 2017-2018
97% 77% Lady Dynamite Marilyn Bamford (Character) 2016-2017
88% 83% Grace and Frankie Amanda (Guest Star) 2015-2016
No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Lady (Guest Voice) 2016
No Score Yet 87% The Mentalist Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
68% 70% Rake Judge Cunningham (Guest Star) 2014
51% 73% The New Normal Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
57% 77% Californication Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
91% 90% Suburgatory Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
80% 76% Big Love Adaleen Grant (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
2006-2007 2009-2011
96% 95% Pushing Daisies Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2008
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 92% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
75% 95% The West Wing Surgeon General Millicent Griffith (Guest Star) 2001 2004
No Score Yet 56% King of the Hill Helen Pell (Guest Voice) 1998 2004
73% No Score Yet The Handler Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
78% 89% 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
95% 93% My So-Called Life Camille Cherski (Guest Star) 1994-1995
83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Patsy Klein (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Baby Boom Director 1988
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 1977
No Score Yet 100% Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Loretta Haggers (Character) 1976-1977
No Score Yet 100% The Mary Tyler Moore Show Sally Jo Hochkiss (Guest Star),
Writer
1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Moon Writer 1974
No Score Yet 94% M*A*S*H Lt. Louise Simmons (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet 88% All in the Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1973