Wednesday, January 25, 2017
IN MEMORIAM: Mary Tyler Moore, 1936-2017
The world lost a TV icon today with the passing of Mary Tyler Moore at the age of 80. When you think of the greatest sitcom actresses of all time, there are two that stand above the rest: Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore.
Her two TV roles will be what she will always be remembered for and deservedly so but she had a long career on stage, in film, and on TV. She was nominated for an Academy Award playing against type in Ordinary People and steadily worked on TV movies, a couple short-lived shows, and many guest appearances through the 1990s and 2000s. She was also well known for being a fierce advocate for diabetes research as she herself suffered from the disease for over 40 years. Lucille Ball had a tremendous career on TV but she was always playing one form or another of the "Lucy" character. Mary Tyler Moore amazingly created two incredibly distinct personalities on two shows that will forever be remembered among the very greatest. Mary Richards and Laura Petrie are gifts Moore has left for us to enjoy for years to come. She made it after all.
For my Weekend Rewind on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, click here
For my Weekend Rewind on The Dick Van Dyke Show, click here