Published: Sat, January 28, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Remembering Mary Tyler Moore

Remembering Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore was announced last Wednesday after her death at CT.

Since I'm sharing a flourishing approach to living with, and treating, diabetes, ' among the many articles I've read about Moore's death, this spoke to me.

Moore didn't often get a chance to show off her dance training.

As great as the Van Dyke show was, though, the actress became even more acclaimed when her own sitcom, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", debuted in 1970. Our society affords me more flexibility than either of those characters had to combine the two in a handsome way. But the character was much more than those admittedly wonderful things.

Fifty years after Moore's big break, I'm now straddling the worlds of Laura Petrie and Mary Richards, raising two kids while working in news.

"She's one of the pioneering women in the TV and film industry in the country", Daly said.

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She was an incredible actress, a staunch activist, and by all accounts (by those who knew her best) a truly wonderful person. She takes Laura, wordlessly, from the truth dawning to unabashed delight in this little domestic comedy to, perhaps, an upbraiding of her husband - all of this in just a few seconds - to remembering her manners and rushing over to introduce herself. "I'm not a Valley person, '" Daly said.

She could and did convey pluck and can-do spirit, of course - "You've got spunk", TV boss Lou Grant famously told Mary Richards. TV Mary was loved for her come-back-up-from-being-knocked-down, can-do spirit. She is survived by her third husband, Robert Levine.

Once I was at a press lunch table with her and Tinker and a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. I'm guilty of one or two myself. On the contrary, the show won 29 Emmys during its run.

Aspects of Mary's story were unlikely: she had moved to Minneapolis to escape a doomed engagement, applied to be a secretary at a news station, and-finding the position filled-was offered a better job. She ruffles her bangs in the elevator, washes her auto awkwardly, blows on said bangs to adjust her hair when her arms are full, and sheepishly tosses a fattening item into her grocery cart.

"She was one of the coolest, one of the classiest, one of the funniest people ever".

"Mary Tyler Moore changed the world for all women. So I guess you're just like us".

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