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Mary Tyler Moore: Girl Next Door, Career Woman, Television Icon

It was with great sadness that we learned this week of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore, the Emmy Award–winning actress who broke new ground on television in the 1970s portraying TV’s first independent career woman. This weekend, in honor of her amazing legacy, KCTS 9 will reprise the recent PBS documentary about her life. Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration will air on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 7:00 p.m.

Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration premiered October 13 on KCTS 9. The one-hour special explores the life and work of a TV icon who not only “turned the world on with her smile,” as her show’s familiar theme song declared, but  also influenced a generation of women to become more independent and to pursue fulfilling careers.   
Moore’s own 50-plus-year career has spanned award-winning films and Broadway shows, as well as two beloved television series that broke ground and continue to entertain viewers today. Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration includes interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Valerie Harper, Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, Oprah Winfrey, Carl Reiner, and many others who recall Moore’s career highlights and underscore the importance of her television characters in shaping attitudes about women in the workplace.
In the early 1960s, Moore catapulted to fame as Laura Petrie, the wife of TV writer Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Her character’s popularity and her many appearances in films and variety shows landed Moore a starring role as Mary Richards, the single and career-oriented TV news producer on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The sitcom debuted on September 19, 1970 and anchored American viewers’ Saturday night viewing habits for many years to come.  
“I think Mary Tyler Moore has had more influence on my career than any other single person or force,” says Oprah Winfrey in the documentary.  She reminisces about the time Moore surprised her during a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show, bringing her to tears. Gavin MacLeod, who played her WJM-TV colleague Murray Slaughter, refers to Moore as “a national treasure.”
The Mary Tyler Moore Show ran for seven years and established the careers of MacLeod and most of the show’s other cast members. It garnered 67 Emmy nominations, won 29 Emmy Awards and generated three spin-off series—RhodaPhyllis and Lou Grant—that were each successful in their own right. After the show ended, Moore starred on Broadway and received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the movie Ordinary People, directed by Robert Redford. Moore’s television co-star Betty White says that Ordinary People gave Moore the chance to “show the other side of this comedienne. I thought she was magnificent.”
Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration will reprise on Saturday, January 28, at 7:00 p.m.



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Thank you for doing this memorial show about the incomparable Mary, she was just sugh a delight to all who viewd her shows.

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