MARY TYLER MOORE
29 December 1936
Brooklyn, New York
Is there anyone out there who hasn't heard of Mary Tyler Moore? Perhaps today's generation,
but then there is no need for them to be deprived since Mary Tyler Moore's talents can be
appreciated in not only her current projects, but in various reruns all over the world.
Ranked #22 in Entertainment Weekly's 100 Greatest Entertainers, Moore's life reads like some
tragic movie-of-the-week; from failed marriages, alcohol addiction, sickness, family deaths,
and many more compelling aspects that would give any Soap Opera a run for its money. Needless
to say, her life has not been a walk in the park, and the troubles she battled in her personal
life over the years, were hidden quite well behind the facade of "America's Sweetheart".
Mary began her career as a dancing elf in an appliance commercial, then after numerous auditions
and several guest appearances on TV shows, she got the part of Laura Petrie in "The Dick Van
Dyke Show", and quickly snuggled into the hearts of American audiences. She went on to appear
in television projects as well as feature films, then almost a decade later, she was again
taking control of the comedic airwaves with her role of Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler
Moore Show". It was a role of a strong, independant, professional woman, but yet, Mary
was still considered as a goody-two-shoes. Not a bad thing, but Mary wanted to break out of
that image in order to pursue more challenging, dramatic roles. It took some time, but her
chance came in 1980 with "Ordinary People", when she played the role of domineering
matriarch to Timothy Hutton's psychologically scarred son. It was a part that went on to
earn her an Oscar nomination, and to delightfully broaden her fans' expectations.
Mary lives in New York with her husband, Dr. Robert Levine, whom she married in November 1983.
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