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An Evening with Mary Kay Place

6 p.m., Sunday May 05
Mary Kay Place to appear at Oklahoma History Center May 5

Hollywood film and television actress born in Tulsa offers donation to proposed OKPOP Museum to be built in Tulsa


OKLAHOMA CITY – Award-winning Tulsa actress, singer, songwriter and screenwriter Mary Kay Place, star of “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “The Big Chill” and the HBO series “Big Love,” will be appearing at the Oklahoma History Center on Sunday, May 5.


Place will be the guest speaker at an Oklahoma version of "Inside the Actors' Studio" at the Oklahoma History Center at 7 p.m. that day. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a viewing of the special exhibit “Oklahoma @ The Movies.”


She will also announce a major donation to the Oklahoma Historical Society for eventual display in the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP). The donation includes costumes, set memorabilia and personal items from her work on stage, screen and in music. Place is appearing at the Oklahoma History Center in support of the OKPOP Museum, planned for construction in the Brady Arts District in Tulsa. The museum will showcase Oklahoma as the “Crossroads of Creativity.”


The discussion will be led by Dr. Bob L. Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, and will walk the audience through her life growing up in Tulsa and how living in Oklahoma has helped shape who she is today.


“It is important for Oklahomans to own their history and not let it find a home in other parts of the country,” Blackburn said. “Mary Kay Place grew up in Oklahoma, so Oklahoma is where her stories deserve to be preserved.”


Place graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa and later attended the University of Tulsa, where she majored in radio-television production. After moving to Hollywood, she worked as a production assistant for “The Tim Conway Comedy Hour,” which eventually turned into her first on-camera role.


Other notable appearances include “M*A*S*H” (1974), “Mary Tyler Moore” (1975), “Bound for Glory” (1976), “The Big Chill” (1983), “Captain Ron” (1992), “Being John Malkovich” (1999), “The West Wing” (2001), “Sweet Home Alabama” (2002) and “Big Love” (2011). Place won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1977 for her role in “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” where she wrote and performed 75 songs and eventually released a Grammy-nominated album of her top hits.


Place was also a screenwriter for TV shows such as “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Phyllis, Maude” and “M*A*S*H.” Place received an Emmy nomination for writing an episode of “M*A*S*H” titled "Hot Lips and Empty Arms."


Admission for the event is free, but there will only be 350 reservations available due to limited seating. Please RSVP to Nicole Harvey at


The OKPOP Museum will be a 75,000-square-foot, four-story building dedicated to the creative spirit of Oklahoma’s people and the influence of Oklahoma artists on popular culture around the world. The underlying theme of this innovative and interactive museum will be “Crossroads of Creativity,” whether it is in the field of music, film, television, theatre, pop art, comic books, literature or humor.


With approval of the bond issue by the Oklahoma Legislature, the OKPOP Museum could open as early as 2017.


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