Mary Tyler Moore
American actress, television producer
Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore is an American actress, primarily known for her roles in television sitcoms. Moore is best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–77), in which she starred as Mary Richards, a 30-something single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis, and for her earlier role as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66).
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Mary Tyler Moore's personal information overview.
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Mary Tyler Moore, star of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' dies at 80
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The actress was also famous for her role in "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
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Friday Talking Points -- Media Missing A Big Point On Trump's Muslim Ban
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Before we launch in to this week's screed, we're going to shamelessly begin with a plug. Yesterday, we published a first-person account of what it was like to protest during Donald Trump's Inauguration weekend. There are some excellent photos of the demonstrations and an inspiring narrative by University of Maryland student Teresa Johnson. We urge everyone to check it out! Moving right along, we're going to ignore (for a moment) all the shiny distractions that have vomited forth from the White House this week, and instead attempt to draw attention to an aspect of Donald Trump's Muslim ban that few in the media seem to be noticing. [We should add an editorial aside here: Yes, our editorial policy from now on will be to use Donald Trump's own language in the term "Muslim ban." Sean Spicer can insist until he's blue in the face that it's not a Muslim ban, but Trump promised to ban Muslims on the campaign trail, so who are we to argue with the term? Also, to do so would be to su ...
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Isaac Mizrahi at the Café Carlyle: A Gift That Keeps on Giving
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Calling his Cafe Carlyle show, "Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?" Isaac Mizrahi signals surreal leaps of fancy from music, to looks, to insecurities. Who could ask for more from an evening? Multitalented, the fashion designer/ entertainer croons cabaret standards backed by a great band, his act sprinkled with self-mocking quips recalling Joan Rivers at her most cheeky! Really, what's not to love? For "C'est Si Bon," en francais of course, he pays tribute to Eartha Kitt, recounting that she would say, "I love a horny young hornplayer." Cue Benny Benack III, the youngest member of his band at 26, who solos on his trumpet, manipulating mutes for that wa wa sound. He can play! And Mizrahi feigns competitive chagrin, pouting and pacing in patent leather shoes showing just a bit of diamond ankle bracelet. The man, best known for fashion and costume design, as evidenced by the spectacular career exhibition at the Jewish Museum last year, knows how to accessorize. But more: This Brook ...
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All The Single Ladies -- Women Who Downplay Their Successes And Why It's A Huge Mistake
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Last week, Mary Tyler Moore passed away at the age of 80. Moore made history in 1970 when she portrayed, for the first time in television history, a single professional working woman. In doing so, Moore immediately became the epitome of a modern-day feminist and brilliantly maintained that moniker for nearly 50 years. Today, it's almost impossible to imagine television without strong single professional women (where would we be without Olivia Pope and Carrie Mathison?!) and recall that there was a time when women were portrayed only as homemakers. It deserves a place in the "used to be's" list -- there used to be no cable television, no cell phones, no internet and no strong female characters on TV! Who can imagine?! Unlike advances in technology and the proliferation of sassy single professional women on television, real-life single professional women haven't quite made the leaps and bounds of forward progress. Moments after learning that Moore passed away, I was checking m ...
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Wisconsin artist who cast Mary Tyler Moore sculpture dies
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gwendolyn Gillen, a Wisconsin artist whose bronze sculpture of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her hat became a downtown Minneapolis landmark, has died. She was 76.
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Remembering Mary Tyler Moore: Not Only 'Brilliantly Funny,' but Vulnerable - Variety
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Variety Remembering Mary Tyler Moore: Not Only 'Brilliantly Funny,' but Vulnerable Variety About halfway through the seven-season run of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” a week came when Moore had to spend a few days in the hospital for a minor procedure. This story first appeared in the January 31, 2017 issue of Variety. Subscribe today. Mary Tyler Moore Called 911 Over Domestic Disputes With Husband — Shocking ReportHollywood Life Mary Tyler Moore's death a reminder of the toll of diabetesThe Conversation US Mary Tyler Moore's most lasting legacyNew York Daily News Sacramento Bee -Parade -Yahoo News -Jackson Hole News&Guide all 33 news articles »
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The Joy Of Mary Tyler Moore And 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'
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“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” is my all-time favorite television show. It is only four months younger than I am, so I was around for every episode when they first aired. I’m sure I was watching from one of my parent’s laps many a Saturday night, but my memories of watching episodes “first run” are likely limited to the sixth and seventh seasons... and particularly the very last episode. When I was that young and the show would end, I was always confused as to why my favorite characters had to go away for another week. Part of me actually didn’t like when I’d see Mary and her “date” (actually her real life husband at the time, Grant Tinker) walking in the Minneapolis dusk during the end credits and the MTM cat would “meow,” because I knew it meant no sight of Mary, Rhoda, Lou, Ted, Murray, Sue Ann, Georgette or Phyllis for another week. I liked Bob Newhart and loved Carol Burnett, but week after week, it was Mary I looked forward to the most on Saturday nights. I was only ...
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PHOTOS: John Hurt, Mary Tyler Moore and Other Notable People Lost Already in 2017
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Slideshow of celebrities and trailblazers who left their mark on society and died in 2017.
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WATCH: 20/20 01/27/17: Mary Tyler Moore: After All
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Mary Tyler Moore's Difficult Upbringing and Show Business Debut; How 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' Helped Pave the Way for Female Writers
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Bernadette Peters Recalls Funny Moment on Set With Mary Tyler Moore
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Famed Broadway star said Moore was a "comedy genius" with a big heart.
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After watching one episode of 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' she was hooked
LATimes - 25 days
To the editor: Back in New York in the 1970s, my roommate and I were shocked when our friend had to leave a party so he could catch “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Seriously? (“Mary Tyler Moore, beloved TV icon who symbolized the independent career woman, dies at 80,” Jan. 25) We were in the arts,...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mary Tyler Moore
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 78
    In October 2015, Moore's former co-star Dick Van Dyke said on an episode of Larry King Now that Moore was in poor health and unable to communicate.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to her acting work, Moore is the International Chairman of JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). In this role, she has used her celebrity to help raise funds and awareness of diabetes mellitus type 1. In 2007, in honor of Moore's dedication to the Foundation, JDRF created the "Forever Moore" research initiative which will support JDRF's Academic Research and Development and JDRF's Clinical Development Program. The program works on translating basic research advances into new treatments and technologies for those living with type 1 diabetes. A long-time animal rights activist, she has worked with Farm Sanctuary to raise awareness about the process involved in factory farming and to promote compassionate treatment of farm animals. Moore appeared as herself in 1996 on an episode of the Ellen DeGeneres sitcom Ellen. The story line of the episode included Moore honoring Ellen for trying to save a 65-year-old lobster from being eaten at a seafood restaurant. She is also a co-founder of Broadway Barks, an annual animal adopt-a-thon held in New York City. Moore and friend Bernadette Peters have worked to make a no-kill city and to encourage adopting animals from shelters.
  • 2014
    Age 77
    In 2014 friends reported that she has heart and kidney problems and is nearly blind.
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  • 2013
    Age 76
    In an interview for the 2013 PBS series Pioneers of Television, Moore says that she was "recruited" to join the feminist movement of the 1970s by Gloria Steinem but did not agree with Steinem's views.
    More Details Hide Details Moore said she believed that women have an important role in raising children and that she did not believe in Steinem's view that "women owe it to themselves to have a career." replicates the tam-tossing image that opened the The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
    In the fall of 2013, Moore reprised her role on Hot in Cleveland in a season four episode which not only reunited Moore and White, but former MTM cast members Cloris Leachman, Valerie Harper and Georgia Engel as well.
    More Details Hide Details This reunion coincided with Valerie Harper's public announcement that she had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and was given only a few months to live.
  • 2012
    Age 75
    In New York City in 2012, Moore and Bernadette Peters were honored by the Ride of Fame and a double decker bus was dedicated to them.
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  • 2011
    Age 74
    Moore was awarded the 2011 Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award.
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  • 2002
    Age 65
    On May 8, 2002, Moore was present as the cable TV network TV Land and the City of Minneapolis dedicated a statue in downtown Minneapolis of the television character she made famous on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
    More Details Hide Details The statue, by sculptor Gwendolyn Gillen, was located in front of the Dayton's department store - now Macy's - near the corner of 7th Street South and Nicollet Mall. It depicts the iconic moment in the show's opening credits where Moore tosses her Tam o' Shanter in the air, in a freeze-frame at the end of the montage. While Dayton's is clearly seen in the opening sequence, the store in the background of the hat toss is actually Donaldson's, which was, like Dayton's, another locally-based department store with a long history and which was kitty-corner from Dayton's. In late 2015 the statue was put into storage for its protection during renovations to the mall, and in December it was relocated to the city's visitor center, where it will remain until the renovation is complete in 2017, after which it is planned to be returned to its original place.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1987
    Age 50
    Then, in 1987, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy from the American Comedy Awards.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1986
    Age 49
    In 1986, she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
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  • 1984
    Age 47
    In addition, as a producer she received nominations for Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for MTM's productions of Noises Off in 1984 and Benefactors in 1986, and won a Tony Award for Best Reproduction of a Play or Musical in 1985 for Joe Egg.
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  • 1983
    Age 46
    Moore married Dr. Robert Levine on November 23, 1983, at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details They met when her mother was treated by him in New York City on a weekend housecall, after Moore and her mother returned from a visit to the Vatican where they had personal audience with Pope John Paul II. Moore was diagnosed with Type I diabetes when she was 33. In 2011, she had surgery to remove a meningioma, a benign brain tumor.
  • 1981
    Age 44
    Moore and Tinker divorced in 1981.
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  • 1980
    Age 43
    On Broadway, Moore received a special Tony Award for her performance in Whose Life Is It Anyway? in 1980, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award as well.
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    In 1980, Moore was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the drama film Ordinary People, but lost to Sissy Spacek for her role in Coal Miner's Daughter.
    More Details Hide Details Moore has received a total of six Emmy Awards. Five of those awards (1964, 1966, 1973, 1974, 1976) tie her with Candice Bergen and Julia Louis-Dreyfus for the most wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
    During the 1960s and 1970s, Moore had a reputation as a liberal or moderate liberal and endorsed President Jimmy Carter for re-election in a 1980 campaign television ad.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, friend and former co-star Ed Asner claimed during an interview on the O'Reilly Factor that Moore "has become much more conservative of late." Bill O'Reilly, host of the O'Reilly Factor, has previously stated that Moore had been a viewer of his show and her political views had leaned conservative in recent years. In a Parade magazine article from March 22, 2009, Moore identified herself as a "libertarian centrist" who watches Fox News. She stated, " when one looks at what's happened to television, there are so few shows that interest me. I do watch a lot of Fox News. I like Charles Krauthammer and Bill O'Reilly If McCain had asked me to campaign for him, I would have."
    On October 14, 1980, at the age of 24, Moore’s son Richard died of an accidental gunshot to the head while handling a sawed off shotgun.
    More Details Hide Details The model was later taken off the market because of its “hair trigger”.
    She received her only nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1980 coming-of-age drama Ordinary People, in which she portrayed a grieving mother unable to cope with the drowning death of one of her sons and unable to cope with the other son for his attempted suicide Other feature film credits include Six Weeks (1992), Just Between Friends (1986) and Flirting with Disaster (1996).
    More Details Hide Details She has appeared in a number of television movies, including Like Mother, Like Son, Run a Crooked Mile, Heartsounds, The Gin Game (based on the Broadway play; reuniting her with Dick Van Dyke), Mary and Rhoda, Finnegan Begin Again, and Stolen Babies for which she won an Emmy Award in 1993. Moore has written two memoirs. The first, After All, released in 1995, in which she acknowledged that she is a recovering alcoholic. The next, Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes, was released on April 1, 2009, and focuses on living with type 1 diabetes (St. Martin's Press; ISBN 0-312-37631-6). Moore and her husband Grant Tinker founded MTM Enterprises, Inc. in 1969; Moore later commented that he had named the entity after her in much the same fashion that someone might name a boat after a spouse. This company produced The Mary Tyler Moore Show and several other television shows and films. It also included a record label, MTM Records. MTM Enterprises produced a variety of American sitcoms and drama television series such as Rhoda, Lou Grant and Phyllis - all spin-offs from The Mary Tyler Moore Show - The Bob Newhart Show, The Texas Wheelers, WKRP in Cincinnati, The White Shadow, Friends and Lovers, St Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues, and was later sold to Television South, an ITV Franchise holder during the 1980s.
    Moore appeared in several Broadway plays. She starred in Whose Life Is It Anyway with James Naughton, which opened on Broadway at the Royale Theatre on February 24, 1980, and ran for 96 performances, and in Sweet Sue, which opened at the Music Box Theatre on January 8, 1987, later transferred to the Royale Theatre, and ran for 164 performances.
    More Details Hide Details She was the star of a new musical version of Breakfast at Tiffany's in December 1966, but the show, titled Holly Golightly, was a notorious flop that closed in previews before opening on Broadway. In reviews of performances in Philadelphia and Boston, critics "murdered" the play in which Moore claimed to be singing with bronchial pneumonia. Moore appeared in previews of the Neil Simon play Rose's Dilemma at the off-Broadway Manhattan Theatre Club in December 2003, but quit the production after receiving a critical letter from Simon instructing her to "learn your lines or get out of my play". Moore had been using an earpiece on stage to feed her lines to the repeatedly rewritten play. During the 1980s, Moore and her production company produced five plays: Noises Off, The Octette Bridge Club, Joe Egg, Benefactors, and Safe Sex.
  • 1979
    Age 42
    In March, 1979, the network brought Moore back in a new, retooled show, The Mary Tyler Moore Hour which was described as a "sitvar" (part situation comedy/part variety series) with Moore portraying a TV star putting on a variety show.
    More Details Hide Details Michael Keaton was the only cast member of Mary who remained with Moore as a supporting regular in this revised format. Dick Van Dyke appeared as her guest for one episode. The program was canceled within three months. In the 1985–86 season, she returned to CBS in a series titled Mary, which suffered from poor reviews, sagging ratings, and internal strife within the production crew. According to Moore, she asked CBS to pull the show, as she was unhappy with the direction of the program and the producers. She also starred in the short-lived Annie McGuire in 1988. In 1995, after another lengthy break from TV series work, Moore was cast as tough, unsympathetic newspaper owner Louise "the Dragon" Felcott on the CBS drama New York News, her third series in which her character worked in the news industry. As with her previous series Mary (1985), Moore quickly became unhappy with the nature of her character, and asked to be written out of New York News; the series, however, was canceled before the writers could remove her.
  • 1978
    Age 41
    In the 1978–79 season, Moore attempted to try the musical-variety genre by starring in two unsuccessful CBS variety series in a row: Mary, which featured David Letterman, Michael Keaton, Swoosie Kurtz and Dick Shawn in the supporting cast.
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    During season six of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, she made a musical/variety special for CBS, titled Mary's Incredible Dream, which featured Ben Vereen. In 1978, Moore made a second CBS special, How to Survive the 70's and Maybe Even Bump Into Happiness.
    More Details Hide Details This time, she received significant support from a strong lineup of guest stars: Bill Bixby, John Ritter, Harvey Korman and Dick Van Dyke.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 33
    In 1970, after having appeared earlier in a pivotal one-hour musical special called "Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman", Moore and husband Grant Tinker successfully pitched a sitcom centered on Moore to CBS.
    More Details Hide Details The Mary Tyler Moore Show was a half-hour newsroom sitcom featuring Ed Asner as her gruff boss Lou Grant, a character that would later be spun off into an hour-long dramatic series. Moore's show proved so popular that two other regular characters, Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern and Cloris Leachman as Phyllis Lindstrom, were also spun off into their own successful series. The premise of the single working woman's life, alternating during the program between work and home, became a television staple. After six years of ratings in the top 20, the show slipped to number 39 during season seven. Producers argued for its cancellation because of its falling ratings, afraid that the show's legacy might be damaged if it were renewed for another season. To the surprise of the entire cast including Mary Tyler Moore herself, it was announced that they would soon be filming their final episode. After the announcement, the series finished strongly and the final show was the seventh most watched show during the week it aired. The 1977 season would go on to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, to add to the awards it had won in 1975 and 1976. All in all, during its seven seasons, the program held the record for winning the most Emmys – 29. That record remained unbroken until 2002 when the NBC sitcom Frasier won its 30th Emmy. The Mary Tyler Moore Show had become a touchpoint of the Women's Movement because it was one of the first to show, in a serious way, an independent working woman.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1962
    Age 25
    Moore married Grant Tinker, a CBS executive (later chairman of NBC), in 1962, and in 1970 they formed the television production company MTM Enterprises, which created and produced the company's first television series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
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  • 1961
    Age 24
    Meeker and Moore divorced in 1961.
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    Moore made her film debut in 1961's X-15.
    More Details Hide Details She subsequently appeared in a string of 1960s films (after signing an exclusive contract with Universal Pictures), including 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie with Julie Andrews, and the 1968 films What's So Bad About Feeling Good? with George Peppard, and Don't Just Stand There! with Robert Wagner. In 1969, she starred opposite Elvis Presley as a nun in Change of Habit. Moore's future television castmate Ed Asner also appeared in that film (as a cop). After that film's disappointing reviews and reception at the box office, Moore returned to television, and did not appear in another feature film for eleven years.
    In 1961, Carl Reiner cast Moore in The Dick Van Dyke Show, an acclaimed weekly series based on Reiner's own life and career as a writer for Sid Caesar's television variety show, telling the cast from the outset that it would run no more than five years.
    More Details Hide Details The show was produced by Danny Thomas's company, and Thomas himself recommended her. He remembered Mary as "the girl with three names" whom he had turned down earlier. Moore's energetic comic performances as Van Dyke's character's wife, begun at age 24 (11 years Van Dyke's junior), made both the actress and her signature tight capri pants extremely popular, and she became internationally famous. When she won an Emmy award for her portrayal of Laura Petrie, she said, "I know this will never happen again." Mary Tyler Moore later stated that she was actually 23 years old when she first starred on the Dick Van Dyke Show, but had told producers that she was 25 because she heard that Dick Van Dyke had said she might be too young for the part.
    In 1961, Moore appeared in several big parts in movies and on television, including Bourbon Street Beat, 77 Sunset Strip, Surfside Six, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Steve Canyon, Hawaiian Eye, Thriller and Lock-Up.
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  • 1960
    Age 23
    In 1960, she guest-starred in two episodes, "The O'Mara Ladies" and "All The O'Mara Horses", of the William Bendix-Doug McClure NBC western series, Overland Trail.
    More Details Hide Details Several months later, she appeared in the first episode, entitled "One Blonde Too Many", of NBC's one-season The Tab Hunter Show, a sitcom starring the former teen idol as a bachelor cartoonist.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1955
    Age 18
    In 1955, at age 18, Moore married Richard Carleton Meeker, whom she described as "the boy next door", and within six weeks she was pregnant with her only child, Richard, Jr. (born July 3, 1956).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Born
    Born on December 29, 1936.
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