Not only did Moore “turn the world on with her smile,” as her show’s theme song declared, she also influenced a generation of women to become more independent and to pursue successful and 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. MARY TYLER MOORE: A CELEBRATION includes heartfelt interviews with Dick Van Dyke, Betty White, Valerie Harper and many others who recall Moore’s career highlights and underscore the importance of her television characters in shaping today’s society.
With aspirations to become a dancer, Moore overcame a tumultuous childhood to land early TV and film roles that showcased her varied talents and brought her to the attention of Hollywood producers. Discovered by Danny Thomas when she auditioned for the role of his daughter on “The Danny Thomas Show,” Moore catapulted to fame as Laura Petrie, the wife of TV writer Rob Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show” from 1961-1966. Her character’s popularity and her appearance in films including Change of Habit with Elvis Presley and on variety shows with Van Dyke landed Moore a starring role as Mary Richards, the single and career-orientated TV news producer on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which debuted on September 19, 1970, and anchored American viewers’ Saturday night viewing habits for many years to come.
Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration
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Watch a tribute to actor Mary Tyler Moore.