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As Mary Richards, Moore showed that a professional single woman in her early 30s could live alone and happily; date lots of men without being on a perpetual husband hunt; and could keep the coolest head in her male-dominated professional environment. Richards was not quite the first happy, single woman on American television. That honor goes to Marlo Thomas on the s show That Girl!
Many recall Mary Tyler Moore as a beloved TV star but she also did much more to pave the way for women while persevering through her own battles behind the scenes. Comedian Danny Thomas recommended her to show creator Carl Reiner after passing on her for the role of his older daughter on his own show. Mary Richards was a single, hard working woman in a small television newsroom based in Minneapolis.
Coinciding with the Kennedy "Camelot" era, which heralded a new age of youthfulness, The Dick Van Dyke Show reflected a break from the old-fashioned sensibility of previous television families. Sally was an unusual female character for the era, in that she was both a working professional not a teacher or nurse and single although she was portrayed as man-hungry and desperate to end her spinsterhood. Rounding out the ensemble was Mel Cooley Richard Deaconthe bespectacled, bald-pated, uptight show producer and sycophantic brother-in-law to Alan Brady.
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True to form, Van Dyke shows no signs of slowing down. Van Dyke, whether in character on the big and small screen or as himself, has had plenty to say over the years. Here are some of our favorite quotes.
The gimmick earned Moore a lot of publicity, but little in the way of challenging work. That changed in a hurry after Moore auditioned for Carl Reiner, creator-producer of The Dick Van Dyke Showwho thought the nervous year-old had good timing and a natural way of delivering her lines. Since the pilot was set to shoot in only a week, Reiner decided to take a chance.
The entertainment industry lost one of its most empowering voices earlier this year when Mary Tyler Moore passed away on January 25, In the years since, she was an outspoken advocate for a variety of social, charitable, and political causes, including animal rights, and was never shy about expressing her opinions on making the most of the cards life deals you. Here are 15 of her most memorable quotes, on what would have been her 81st birthday.
When I had to cast Mary, the part of Laura, I was at my wits-end. I had auditioned literally 23 or 27 girls and I told Sheldon Leonard, our executive producer, 'I don't know what I'm looking for. Reiner, 94, said executive producer Danny Thomas suggested he call Moore, who had auditioned for him in the past.
Get stories, quizzes and discounts delivered to your inbox by signing up for our newsletter. We asked them to describe their favorite TV shows using just five words. The response was immediate and hilarious, and we loved every response we got, from references to TV theme songs and catchphrases to succinct short phrases that perfectly sum up some of our favorite shows. Here, we've selected 20 of our favorites to put you to the test and see if MeTV fans can stump you!