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TRIVIA NOTE: Mary Tyler Moore was born December 29, Brooklyn, New York. She grew up (for two years) at 491 Ocean Parkway, attended St. Rose of Lima Grammar School and then moved to Flushing. When Mary was eight, her family moved to southern California. Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1986, Mary began her entertainment career as a dancer.

Her TV credits included:

  • Happy Hotpoint, a sprite little pixie in a series of Hotpoint appliance commercials seen on THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET in the 1955
  • Sam. the sexy-voiced (but never seen) secretary on RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE EYE/CBS/NBC/1957-60
  • Laura Petrie, the sexy wife of comedy writer Rob Petrie on the sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE/CBS/1961-66
  • Mary Richards on the eponymous sitcom THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW /CBS/1970-77
  • Two variety show attempts MARY and THE MARY TYLER MOORE HOUR'
  • Newlywed politician in ANNIE MCGUIRE/CBS/1988
  • New York publisher Louise Felcott in NEW YORK NEWS/CBS/1995.

A nominee of numerous awards (Oscar, Emmy, Tony) Mary's movie credits included:

  • The miniseries role of Mary Todd Lincoln in Gore Vidal's Lincoln (1988)
  • Breast-cancer survivor in First You Cry (1978)
  • Quadriplegic in the stage play Whose Life Is It, Anyway? (1980)
  • Bitter mother in Ordinary People (1980)
  • Operator of a stolen baby ring in the 1940s in Stolen Babies (1993)
  • TV movie reunion Mary and Rhoda (2000) where Mary reprised her role of Mary Richards
  • Reunion with Dick van Dyke in the PBS Production of The Gin Game (2003) about a man and women in a retirement home who play cards to help resolve their differences.

In her private life, Mary has suffered from juvenile diabetes, alcoholism, two failed marriages, and the 1980 suicide death of her only child, Richard Meeker, Jr.

As the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary actively seeks a cure for the disease in her lifetime. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (insulin dependent) over 30 years ago.

In the marriage department, Mary has tied the knot three times: Richard Meeker (1955-61); Grant Tinker (1962-81); and Dr. Robert Levine since 1983.

Mary founded the now defunct MTM Enterprises in 1969 with her second husband Grant Tinker. They sold the company in 1990. The entire MTM Productions library of shows is owned by FOX Home Video.

In 1996 Mary was given the honorary title of "Queen of Brooklyn" at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival. A statue of Moore's Mary Richards character also resides in the downtown Minneapolis, courtesy of TV Land.


"Love is all around"
Comprised and sung by Sonny Curtis

Who can turn the world on with her smile?
Who can take a nothing day,
and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?
Well it’s you girl, and you should know it
With each glance and every little movement you show it

Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all (2X)

How will you make it on your own?
This world is awfully big, girl this time you’re all alone
But it’s time you started living
It’s time you let someone else do some giving
Love is all around, no need to waste it
You can have a town, why don’t you take it
You’re gonna make it after all (2X)


Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards
Edward Asner as Lou Grant
Gavin MacLeod as Murray Slaughter
Valerie Harper as Rhoda Morgenstern
Ted Knight as Ted Baxter
Cloris Leachman as Phyllis Lindstrom
John Amos as Gordon (Gordy) Howard
Joyce Bulifant as Marie Slaughter, Murray's wife
Georgia Engel as Georgette Franklin Baxter
Lisa Gerritsen as Bess Lindstrom
(Mentioned but never seen) as Lars Lindsrom, Phyllis' husband
Nancy Walker as Ida Morgenstern, Rhoda's mom
Betty White as Sue Ann Nivens, WJM-TVs
"Happy Homemaker"
Angus Duncan as Bill, Mary's ex-boyfriend
Nannette Fabray as Dotty Richards, Mary's mother
Bill Quinn as Dr. Walter Reed Richards,
Mary's father
Eileen Hechart as Flo Meredith, Mary's aunt
Mark Gordon//Richard Schaal as Chuckles the Clown
Joie Lanz as Rose, Mary's daughter
Marisa Ryan as Meredith, Rhoda's daughter

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