Mary Tyler Moore Has Passed
You may not be old enough to remember when it became fashionable to stay home Saturday nights and click on CBS. For a while, The Bob Newhart Show, Mash, All in the Family and The Carol Burnett Show surrounded the top rated among them, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The story was that Mary’s character, Mary Richards, broke up with her fiance and moved to Minnesota to start fresh. Mary, the actress, and perhaps even the character, was so beloved in the twin cities, that she was asked to toss the first pitch for a Twins game in 2002. She threw her signature cap in the air, then pitched a strike. Mary was also the co-star of another television classic, the Dick Van Dyke Show beginning in 1960. When Mr. Van Dyke learned of Mary’s passing, he tweeted, just after midnight last night, “There are no words. She was THE BEST! We always said that we changed each other’s lives for the better.” Mary also starred in the movies “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Ordinary People.” She also received a special Tony Award for her performance of “Whose Life is it Anyway?” News travels fast, and that probably explains why her movies and TV shows are being rented and viewed at a great pace. America’s Sweetheart was 80.