Mary Kay Place Birthday: September 23, 1947 Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA Height: 0' 0"
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University of Oklahoma 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). In addition to the aforementioned accomplishments, Mary Kay Place is also a busy TV director of series such as the irreverent HBO sitcom Dream On.
She worked with pop artist John Stewart on his 1979 album "Bombs Away Dream Baby" featuring the hit song "Gold" She sang background vocals on this LP.
She wrote three M*A*S*H episodes in conjunction with Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. They were broadcast between December 1973 and December 1974. One of those episodes, "Hot Lips and Empty Arms" was nominated for a comedy writing Emmy.
She recorded two music albums: Tonite! At the Capri Lounge Loretta Haggers (1976) and Aimin' to Please (1977).
Mary is an aunt of Jess Place.
Graduate of the University of Tulsa (OK).
Varsity cheerleader in high school.
She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was initiated into the Gamma Tau (Tulsa) chapter in 1966.