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Tulsan, 'Big Chill' star Mary Kay Place to mark film's 30th anniversary at Toronto Film Festival

July 26, 2013


July 26--Former Tulsan Mary Kay Place will be among the cast of the iconic film "The Big Chill" celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

Place, winner of a Primetime Emmy and star of films and TV series including "Big Love," "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," will appear at a screening of the newly restored ultra-high-definition version of the film Sept. 5. It will be followed by an extended Q-and-A with the cast and crew, moderated by Variety's chief film critic Scott Foundas.

A native Tulsan, Place is a graduate of Hale High School and the University of Tulsa.

Also attending the festival screening will be her co-stars Glenn Close, Tom Berenger, Meg Tilly and JoBeth Williams; director/writer Lawrence Kasdan; screenwriter Barbara Benedek; executive producer Marcia Nasatir; and producers Meg Kasdan and Michael Shamberg.

The classic film, with a hugely popular soundtrack of '60s pop music, focuses on a group friends who come together for the funeral of a friend who committed suicide (played by Kevin Costner, who was cut out of the film).

The film debuted at the 1983 Toronto festival and went on to win the Festival's People's Choice Award. It also earned three Academy Award nominations for best film, screenplay and supporting actress.

"The story of how The Big Chill and the Toronto International Film Festival found each other is a fascinating one," festival artistic director Cameron Bailey said in a press release posted at

"On this special night we'll reunite the creative team that made an American classic and indulge in a little glorious nostalgia. With that soundtrack, there might even be dancing."

See the 1983 trailer at

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