Love Is All Around...Or Lessons I Have Learned from Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, Julie Andrews, Carol Channing: Thoroughly Modern Millie
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 never tell, why don't you take it
You're gonna make it after all
You're gonna make it after all
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 never tell, why don't you take it
You might just make it after all
You might just make it after all

-Sunny Curtis

This week,  the world was saddened by the news of the passing of Mary Tyler Moore. I even heard a reporter say on the radio that we sadly remember. I disagree. We remember and we can't help but smile.
Her comic realism helped revolutionize the depiction of women on the small screen.
Mary Tyler Moore has been a part of the landscape of the world since I made my debut almost 56 years ago.
HERE is a clip of her from 1961. The show is Lock Up - This clip from "The Case of Nan Evans" Season 2, Episode 39 which was the last episode of TV the series which ran from 1959-1961. She plays Nan Evans, who is accused of
Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show
espionage by police detective Jim Weston (John Doucette). Corporate Attorney Herbert Maris (Macdonald Carey) gathers the evidence to prove her innocence.
Of course, it was around this same time that Mary was also starring on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Brilliant cast, brilliant writing, brilliant all around. Oh how wonderful it would be to have something on THIS level on TV today! Can you name anything that even comes close?
Last night Mary was right back where she belongs, on CBS!  The network paid tribute to Mary, with a one-hour special. Go HERE for more info.
With all due respect to CBS and the powers that be, too much emphasis was put on Oprah Winfrey, who I love. What should have been three to five minutes top, went on a lot longer. Perhaps if Oprah had hosted the show, it would have had a different feel. 

 Most people only think of either The Dick Van Dyke Show or the Mary Tyler Moore Show and a close second would be her Oscar nominated role in Ordinary People.
How I wish she had gotten the Oscar for that role.
From Wikipedia:  Mary Tyler Moore (December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017) was an American actress, known for her roles in the television sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–1977), in which she starred as Mary Richards, a thirtyish single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis, and The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966), in which she played Laura Petrie, a former dancer turned Westchester homemaker, wife and mother. 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.
Along the way, she won our hearts. And it's no understatement to say she was truly beloved, even though she probably laugh out loud at the use of that term to describe her.
The following is a celebration of all Things Mary Tyler Moore
The Minneapolis residence featured in the opening credits of The Mary Tyler Moore Show is currently for sale at $1.695 million. The turreted Queen Anne Victorian mansion, built in 1900 on a prominent corner parcel of just over one-third of an acre in the well-to-do Kenwood neighborhood between Cedar Lake and the Lake of the Isles, has actually been for sale for coming up on five years at steadily declining prices that started at $2.895 million.
Unfortunately for the current owners, a couple of successful executives in the financial services sector, they’re facing a gut-wrenching, million-plus dollar loss on the property they purchased in the summer of 2007 for $2.8 million.  Read MORE

Mary's passing has created a big problem for a real estate company that is trying to sell the house used in her iconic TV show -- how do you sell it without creating a fan frenzy? READ MORE

She introduced fully developed Jewish characters into the American popular imagination. Read MORE

Joan Jett's version of Love Is All Around

The Paley Center will pay tribute to Mary Tyler Moore with free screenings:Click HERE

 Remembering Mary Tyler Moore's legacy with interviews from those who knew her best TONIGHT on ABC2020 10PM

I celebrate all the trailblazers!

From a friend:  I am truly loving all of the wonderful comments and posts that I have been reading about Mary Tyler Moore, and the Mary Tyler Moore Show. This was one of CBS' most successful shows.

However, I have heard how the show paved the way portraying the single woman as independent, but please keep in mind that there were many shows before this even half hour situation comedies which did the same. particularly what comes to mind is Diahann Carroll in the TV show Julia..... what was so groundbreaking about Julia was that it was not only about a single mother raising a young child but she was independent...I believe she was a nurse, and she was black and that of course was groundbreaking. Does anyone remember Diahann Carroll in Julia?

Life is so much better when you stop caring about what everyone thinks, and start to actually live for yourself!!

Sit back! A new news cycle is about to begin!

Mary Tyler Moore and Grant Tinker

Thank you, to ALL who are mentioned in this blog for showing me that it is up to ME to lead by example!

With grateful XOXOXs ,

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Please do what YOU can to be more aware that words and actions DO HURT...but they can also heal and help!  
February 12th, 2017

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  1. In our house when I was growing up, it was almost like 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' was like going to church. I watched and listened and learned. Everything I know about comedy, I learned from that seminal series and Mary Tyler Moore was a big part of it. She was beautiful, sexy and incredibly funny. Then came 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and TV comedy changed forever. It wasn't a sitcom because the humor didn't come from the situation. It was all due to the characters and their personalities. That was revolutionary! And she and the show became a part of our cultural landscape. She blazed a trail for which all of us will be forever grateful. Cheers, Stephan


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