Mary Tyler Moore Essay

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Who can turn the

world on with her smile? One person stands out. A TV

legend and an American icon: Mary Tyler Moore. Mary

was born in Flatbush on December 29, 1973 to

Irish-Catholic parents. Mary's family was neither rich nor

poor. As a child, she attended St. Rose de Lima Parochial

School. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was

only ten years old. When she became older, she became a

popular actress. Through the years, Mary Tyler Moore has

remained as popular as ever. With recent movies such as

"Flirting With Disaster" and "Payback". But it wasn't always

so easy for her. She started out as the leggy secretary, Sam

on "Richard Diamond, Private Detective" in 1957, where

you could only see
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started one of televisions most memorable series. When the

show first tested among viewers though, it received the

worst ratings in CBS history. The network decided to try

the show out anyway. With a combination of a great cast,

including Cloris Leachman, Edward Asner, Valerie Harper,

Ted Knight and Gavin MacLeod, and a great group of

writers, the show finally made it. Over it's seven year run,

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" received 29 well deserved

Emmy awards, which is more than any other show ever.

Among these awards were "Actress of the Year: Mary

Tyler Moore", Three "Outstanding Comedy Series"

awards, Three "Outstanding Supporting Actress" awards

for Valerie Harper, and others. The popular show,

launched three spinoffs for other cast members. They

included "Rhoda", starring Valerie Harper, which started in

1974, and was once higher rated than "The Mary Tyler

Moore Show" itself. Also launched was "Lou Grant"

starring Edward Asner, and "Phyllis" starring Cloris

Leachman. In those days, there were few entertainment

programs which featured career women, but ‘Mary

Richards' was the ideal of a modern, independent

Midwestern career woman. Mary Tyler Moore paved the

road for other leading female television performers. Who

knows? Without Mary Tyler Moore, they may have never

been a Roseanne, Ellen Degeneres, Brett Butler, or

Candice Bergan. After seven years, the
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