The often-forgotten impact of Mary Tyler Moore on TV

Still thinking about the passing of Mary Tyler Moore. On the surface we remember her positive outlook as portrayed by Laura Petrie and Mary Richards. But we forget about Mary the businesswoman who brought us shows like St. Elsewhere (which introduced us to Mark Harmon and Howie Mandel), The Mary Tyler Moore Hour (which introduced us to David Letterman), The Bob Newhart Show with its famous finale, WKRP in Cincinnati which made me glad I chose radio as a career, Hill Street Blues, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and the list goes on. Let's not forget her hauntingly beautiful performance in the TV movie "First You Cry," portraying NBC News correspondent Betty Rollin in her battle with breast cancer.  What a loss. Thank you Mary. 

 

Here, Mary receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild. Dick Van Dyke recalls:

That night, she had trouble seeing, so they had to bring her on stage in the dark. For me, it was a payoff moment.” Because of her diabetes her eyesight was failing and eventually she was virtually blind. :(

 
 
 
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