Mary Tyler Moore: A Celebration

Synopsis: A celebration of Mary Tyler Moore's career, includes clips and comments from friends and co-stars.
55 min


-There was a night of TV that

was Mary Tyler Moore.

-I watched

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

There's not one show that

I missed.


That show was big, big deal.


- Who can turn

the world on...

-It was second nature to me,

I didn't feel that separate

from the character

I was playing.

- Who can take a nothing day

-She became America's sweetheart

very quickly.

- Well, it's you, girl,

and you should know it


I mean she was gorgeous,

and she had a sensuality

about her.

-She was an embracer of

the world.

- Love is all around...


We became very close friends.

And that's why it was such fun.

- You're gonna make it

after all


She just had a gift from God.

And, for me,

she was a gift from God.

-You get that jolt from the

audience when they laugh at you.

Aah! Aah!


-She did everything so naturally

and so gracefully.

- What we need is

perfect harmony

When she came on

it changed America.

- ...make it

after all

It was real turning point,

the '70s were

and that show was.

-I think Mary Tyler Moore has

probably had more influence

on my career than any other

single person or force.

-You're not allowed to ask that

when someone's

applying for a job.

It's against the law.

-Wanna call a cop?


-It's a yard stick by which

most sitcoms could not

measure up to today.

-You two would probably hit it

off pretty good.

-Well, I certainly wouldn't be

averse to meeting Redford,

if the situation ever




-She reaches right out through

the television set

and says, "Here, I gotcha!"

-Because who didn't love her?

She was lovable.

She was bright.

She was gorgeous.

On the dance floor,

everything was perfect

for young

Mary Tyler Moore.

She could forget about

her alcoholic mother,

her distant father,

the abuse by a family friend.

-Because I wasn't a very happy

little girl growing up.


When she was performing,

all her problems melted away.

This was the Mary the world

would come to love --

focused, fun-loving,

the ideal daughter,

the caring friend.

-I was learning, I think,

how much I loved it.

In her late teens,

Mary was determined to make it

as a dancer in Hollywood.

No one spent more time

perfecting her craft,

ensuring her moves

were flawless,

her timing precise.

These were skills that would

serve Mary Tyler Moore well --

but not on the dance floor.

-I wanted to be a star dancer,

but they weren't making

that many musicals anymore.

- Every day is a holiday

with Hotpoint

-I'm Happy Hotpoint!


Mary turned to acting,

and given her effortless beauty,

small roles came fast.

-"77 Sunset Strip,"

and "Hawaiian Eye,"

and oh, lord -- um, but they did

give me experience.

-My mother was coming west

to find a new home.

My father had been killed during

the battle of Bull Run

fighting for the South.

-But I thought you said before

your father fought with

the North?

-Oh, he did.

He did.

Both the North and the South.

That way he didn't show

any favoritism.

Small dramatic roles

paid the rent,

but Mary longed to do comedy.

Then, sitcom star Danny Thomas

auditioned her

for a part as his daughter.

Mary's breakthrough moment

seemed at hand.

-It started with

hundreds of actresses,

and it was pared down to just

two of us,

and I was one of them.

And, um, after

the final, final auditions,

he came over to me and said,

"Mary, I want you to know

that the reason

you didn't get the job

is not because you're not

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