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Mary Kay Place to appear at Oklahoma Capitol today to announce donation to OKPOP Museum

by Brandy McDonnell Published: May 6, 2013

Award-winning Tulsa actress, singer, songwriter and screenwriter Mary Kay Place, star of the TV show “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” the Oscar-nominated film “The Big Chill” and the HBO series “Big Love,” will be the guest of honor at two receptions at the Oklahoma Capitol Monday (today) in recognition of her donation to the Oklahoma Historical Society.

Place, Sen. Rick Brinkley and Bob Blackburn, Oklahoma Historical Society executive director, will appear at 10:15 a.m. in the Oklahoma Senate Lounge and at 11 a.m. in the Oklahoma House of Representatives Lounge, according to a media advisory.

The donation includes costumes and memorabilia from her work on stage, screen and in music for eventual display in the proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP), reports The Oklahoman Entertainment Editor Gene Triplett.

Place’s show-biz resume includes becoming the first female performer ever to win a primetime Emmy as best supporting actress in a syndicated comedy series (“Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman”). She also co-wrote scripts for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “M*A*S*H” and “Phyllis,” and had prominent roles in “The Big Chill,” “The Rainmaker,” “Being John Malkovich” and HBO’s “The Big Love,” to name but a few.

Place, 65, shared memories and insights into her career Sunday night during an “Inside the Actors’ Studio”-style event at the Oklahoma History Center in support of the OKPOP Museum, planned for construction in the Brady Arts District in her hometown of Tulsa.

“They’re already in the (Oklahoma History Center), the Loretta outfit and I think a hat and maybe some boots,” she told Gene. “And maybe I might bring a costume from ‘Big Love.’ I don’t know if you ever saw that, but that was a really fun show to do. It was a blast because the writers were so good. … So I’m going to bring that, and maybe there’s a sweater from ‘The Big Chill’ as well.”

To read more of Gene’s excellent interview with Place, click here.

The OKPOP Museum continues to collect important stories from Oklahomans in popular culture and Oklahoma history. Previous donations to the OKPOP related to Bob Wills, Leon Russell and Ernie Fields Sr. have already been announced in the last year. 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.”

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


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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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