Mary Lane

Mary Lane Haskell is an actress, writer, and frozen yogurt enthusiast whose two major “claims to fame” are that she has Dolly Parton’s fax number and that Reese Witherspoon once liked a post on her Instagram.

Born in Los Angeles and schooled in New York and London, this Southern Debutante often finds herself having a crisis of identity. You see being raised in a Southern home by a Southern Woman in Southern California meant that she was neither your typical Valley Girl nor your typical Southern Belle. For example, she wears pearls to church but has definitely been caught wearing white shoes after Labor Day. She loves the lush countryside but can’t abide humidity. Her parents went to Ole Miss but she attended New York University to study acting, and when given the opportunity to be presented at the prestigious International Debutante Ball which would have made her a Deb twice over, she chose instead to go study Shakespeare at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her grandmother still hasn’t recovered from that decision. In 2014, Mary Lane started a blog called “The Displaced Debutante” to dissect these dichotomies that bring so much humor to her life. Go take a gander at www.thedisplaceddebutante.com.

When she’s not busy blessing hearts, Mary Lane likes to play pretend. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she is known for roles on NBC’s Law and Order: SVU, ABC’s Scandal, and most recently for her role as Miss Moody and in NBC’s award winning “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” and the Emmy Award Nominated sequel, “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love”.   (That fax number is starting to make more sense now, huh?) Also an accomplished singer, she debuted solo at Carnegie Hall when she was 18 years old with Michael Feinstein, for whom she now serves on the Board Of Directors of his Great American Songbook Foundation dedicated to the promotion and preservation of America’s music. For more information please visit www.thesongbook.org.

All shameless plugging aside, Mary Lane is just tickled pink to join the ranks of the ladies at The Southern Women Channel. She has been a fan since the beginning, and is blessed to now call so many of them friends. Finally, after years of being displaced, her honorary Southern Womanhood now feels as 100% bona fide.

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What She Loves Most About Being a Southern Woman
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What She Loves Most About Being a Southern Woman

The silent strength and the quiet grace. That's what I think of when I think of the Southern Women who raised me, and that's what I strive to emulate every day.

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What She Loves Most About The South
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What She Loves Most About The South

What I love most about the South is what my mama refers to as "The Three F's": Food, Family, and Fellowship. There's also nothing quite like reading a book on a porch with a mason jar full of sweet tea while a southern breeze blows by. I've been all over the world but I've never encountered anything that can match it.

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What's Her Favorite Southernisms
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What's Her Favorite Southernisms

The higher the hair the closer to God.
Heavens to Betsey!
You look rode hard and put up wet!
And of course...Bless your heart.

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What's Her Favorite Southern Food
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What's Her Favorite Southern Food

My mama's Gourmet Chicken Spaghetti casserole, Pimento Cheese, and Bourbon.

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What's Her Favorite Southern City
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What's Her Favorite Southern City

Let me put it this way: I'm married to Oxford, MS - but could definitely see myself having a sordid affair with Charleston, SC.

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