Mary Kay Place

Actress, Director, Writer

9/23/1947 (71 years old) Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

Filmography Facts Awards
  • First job in Hollywood was as a production assistant for Tim Conway, which led to a secretarial job with Norman Lear typing Maude scripts.
  • Teamed with friend Linda Bloodworth (who later created Designing Women) to write sitcom scripts, including Friends and Lovers and M*A*S*H; received first Emmy nomination for writing M*A*S*H episode "Hot Lips and Empty Arms."
  • Big acting break came when Lear put her on All in the Family as Gloria's friend and sang the self-penned protest song "If Communism Comes Knocking on Your Door, Don't Answer It."
  • Lear later cast her as country singer Loretta Haggers on the cult soap spoof Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, for which she won a supporting actress Emmy.