80 (passed away Jan. 25th, 2017)
Dec. 29th, 1936
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Mary Tyler Moore's Main TV Roles
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Mary Tyler Moore was an American actress, known for her roles in the television sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a thirtyish single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis, and The Dick Van Dyke Show, in which she played Laura Petrie, a former dancer turned Westchester homemaker, wife and mother. Her notable film work includes 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie and 1980's Ordinary People, in which she played a role that was very different from the television characters she had portrayed, and for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
- Her brother, John, died on December 26, 1991, in Los Angeles at age 47.
- Kent cigarettes was one of the sponsors of _"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961)_ (qv) and would regularly hand out free cartons of Kents to the cast and crew. During an interview with 'David Letterman' (qv), Mary confessed that she didn't like Kents, so she'd always take her share of the cartons and trade them in at the local store for her preferred brand.
- Best remembered by the public for her starring role as "Laura Petrie" on _"The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961)_ (qv) and for starring in _"Mary Tyler Moore" (1970)_ (qv).
- She won Tony Awards in 1980 and in 1985. She won in 1980 after taking over the lead in the play "Whose Life Is It Anyway?". She was so good that she was given a special Tony because she was not eligible for a traditional nomination due to being a replacement performer. She won in 1985 when her company, MTM, backed the revival of the play "Joe Egg".
- Is, to the day, 2 years older than 'Jon Voight' (qv).
- (1984) Entered 'Betty Ford' (qv) clinic for "Social Drinking Habit".
- The kitten that was the mascot for Mary's company, MTM Enterprises, would meow at the end of all MTM shows. In addition, it would even "wear costumes" reflecting the theme of the MTM show: At the end of each _"St. Elsewhere" (1982)_ (qv) episode, the kitty is seen wearing a surgical mask and it had a policeman's hat tilted on its head at the end of _"Hill Street Blues" (1981)_ (qv) and a detective's hat and pipe at the end of _"Remington Steele" (1982)_ (qv).
- Was paired with 'Richard Chamberlain (I)' (qv) in 1967 for "Holly Golightly," a musical adaptation of 'Truman Capote' (qv)'s earlier novel (and film), _Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)_ (qv). When it became obvious during pre-Broadway tryouts that no amount of play-doctoring was going to save a potentially disasterous show, producer 'David Merrick (I)' (qv) announced that he was closing the show one week prior to it's scheduled Broadway opening, as he put it, "out of consideration for the audience."