Mary Tyler Moore Biography
Mary Tyler Moore was an American actress. She was born on December 29, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York, to George Tyler Moore and Marjorie Hackett. She was the oldest of three children. Her siblings were John and Elizabeth.
She attended St. Rose of Lima Parochial School in Brooklyn until the third grade. She then attended Saint Ambrose School in Los Angeles, followed by Immaculate Heart High School in Los Feliz, California.
Moore decided at age 17 that she wanted to be a dancer. Her television career began with Moore’s first job as “Happy Hotpoint”, a tiny elf dancing on Hotpoint appliances in TV commercials during the 1950s series Ozzie and Harriet.
Moore’s first regular television role was as a mysterious and glamorous telephone receptionist on Richard Diamond, Private Detective. About this time, she guest-starred on John Cassavetes’s NBC detective series Johnny Staccato. She also guest-starred in Bachelor Father in the episode titled “Bentley and the Big Board”. In 1960, she was featured in two episodes of the William Bendix-Doug McClure NBC western series, Overland Trail and several months later in the first episode of NBC’s one-season The Tab Hunter Show, a sitcom starring the former teen idol as a bachelor cartoonist.
In 1961, Moore appeared in several big parts in movies and on television, including Bourbon Street Beat, 77 Sunset Strip, Surfside Six, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Steve Canyon, Hawaiian Eye, Thriller and Lock-Up.
From 1961 to 1966, she has a role in The Dick Van Dyke Show, in which she played Laura Petrie, a former dancer turned Westchester homemaker, wife and mother. She won her first Emmy Award for her portrayal of Laura Petrie.
From 1970 to 1977, she had a role in the television sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a single woman working as a local news producer in Minneapolis. The Mary Tyler Moore Show became a touchpoint of the Women’s Movement for its portrayal of an independent working woman, which challenged the traditional woman’s role in marriage and family.
During season six of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Moore appeared in a musical/variety special for CBS titled Mary’s Incredible Dream, which featured Ben Vereen. In 1978, she starred in a second CBS special, How to Survive the ’70s and Maybe Even Bump Into Happiness.
Her 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.
She was later active in charity work and various political causes, particularly the issues of animal rights, vegetarianism, and diabetes. She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes early in the run of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. She also suffered from alcoholism, which she wrote about in her first of two memoirs.
Mary Tyler Moore Age
She was born on December 29, 1936, and died on January 25, 2017, at the age of 80, at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut from cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by pneumonia.
Mary Tyler Moore Husband
Moore married Richard Carleton Meeker in 1955 at the age of 18. Meeker and Moore divorced in 1961. Moore married Grant Tinker, a CBS executive and later chairman of NBC, in 1962. In 1970, Moore and Grant Tinker formed the television production company MTM Enterprises, which created and produced the company’s first television series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. They divorced in 1981. Moore married Robert Levine on November 23, 1983, at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.
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Mary Tyler Moore Children – Mary Tyler Moore Son
Moore’s only child, Richard Jr. was born on July 3, 1956. The son was born from her marriage with Richard Carleton Meeker. On October 14, 1980, at the age of 24, Moore’s son Richard died of an accidental gunshot to the head while handling a small .410 shotgun.
Mary Tyler Moore Movies and TV Shows
- Hot in Cleveland (2011) TV
- Against the Current (2009)
- That ’70s Show (2006) TV
- Snow Wonder (2005) TM
- Blessings (2003) TM
- The Gin Game (2003) TM
- Miss Lettie and Me (2002) TM
- Cheats (2002)
- Like Mother, Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Kimes (2001) TM
- Mary and Rhoda (2000) TM
- Labor Pains (2000)
- Good as Gold (2000) TM
- Keys to Tulsa (1997)
- Payback (1997) TM
- Flirting with Disaster (1996)
- Stolen Memories: Secrets From the Rose Garden (1996) TM
- Freccia Azzurra, La (1996)
- New York News (1995) TV
- Stolen Babies (1993) TM
- Thanksgiving Day (1990) TM
- The Last Best Year (1990) TM
- Annie McGuire (1988) TV
- Lincoln (1988) TM
- Just Between Friends (1986)
- Finnegan Begin Again (1985) TM
- Mary (1985) TV
- Heartsounds (1984) TM
- Six Weeks (1982)
- Ordinary People (1980)
- The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (1979) TV
- First, You Cry (1978) TM
- Mary (1978) TV
- Mary’s Incredible Dream (1976) TM
- Rhoda (1974) TV
- Mary Tyler Moore (1970) TV
- Run a Crooked Mile (1969) TM
- Change of Habit (1969)
- Don’t Just Stand There! (1968)
- What’s So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
- Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
- X-15 (1961)
- The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) TV
- Once Upon a Horse… (1958)
- Once Upon a Horse… (1958)