Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore


12/29/1936, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

Birth Name

Mary Tyler Moore



Also Known As

MTM, Mary Moore
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Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29th, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York, but she grew up in Southern California. Originally trained as a dancer, Mary became known as "The Happy Hotpoint Girl" before she even graduated High School. Her first work as a regular on a series…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Kent cigarettes were one of the sponsers of The Dick Van Dyke Show and would regularly hand out free cartons of Kents to the cast and crew. During an interview with David Letterman, Mary "confessed" that she didn't like Kents so she'd always take her share of the cartons and trade them in at the local store for her preferred brand.

    • In March of 1997, Mary Tyler Moore was supposed to be the master of ceremonies for the Directors Guild of America awards, but had to back out due to blurred vision caused by her diabetes.

    • Mary Tyler Moore has a twelve foot gate guarding her 30 acre estate in Millbrook, New York.

    • Mary Tyler Moore is a Roman Catholic.

    • Mary Tyler Moore won People's Choice Awards in 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979 for "Favorite Female TV Performer."

    • In 1981, Mary Tyler Moore won a Golden Globe Award for "Best Actress in a Motion Picture" for the movie Ordinary People.

    • In 1984, Mary Tyler Moore won a Crystal Award for "Women in Film."

    • In 1993, Mary Tyler Moore won an Emmy for "Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special" for the tv movie Stolen Babies.

    • Mary Tyler Moore's name was mention in the song "Buddy Holly" by Weezer.

    • Mary Tyler Moore was the executive producer of the TV movie Like Mother, Like Son: The Strange Story of Sante and Kenny Gimes.

    • Mary Tyler Moore has appeared in over fifteen movies like The Blue Arrow, Ordinary People, Change of Habit, What's So Bad About Feeling Good?, Cheats, Labor Pains, and Flirting with Disaster.

    • Mary Tyler Moore is the a co-founder of Broadway Barks, which is an annual adopt-a-thon in New York City, New York.

    • Mary Tyler Moore has modeled secretly for the cover of several record albums.

    • Mary Tyler Moore went to Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic school in Brooklyn, New York.

    • Mary Tyler Moore has won seven Emmy Awards.

    • In 1980, Mary Tyler Moore was nominated for an Oscar for "Best Actress" for her role as Beth Jarrett in the movie Ordinary People.

    • Mary Tyler Moore is an accomplished dancer, producer, and actress.

    • In 1961, Mary Tyler Moore made her film debut in the movie X-15.

    • Mary Tyler Moore's autobiography After All, was released in 1996.

    • Mary Tyler Moore met her current husband, Dr. Robert Levine, when she had to take her ailing mother to the hospital.

    • In 1992, Mary Tyler Moore received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    • The mascot for Mary Tyler Moore's production company MTM was an orange striped kitten named Mimsie.

    • In 1967, Mary Tyler Moore was supposed to appear in the Broadway play Holly Golightly, with Richard Chamberlain, but the producer cancelled the show because of the poor performances.

    • In 1996, Mary Tyler Moore was honored with the title "Queen of Brooklyn" during a "Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival."

    • Mary Tyler Moore got breast implants in 1990, but had them removed in 1991.

    • In March of 2001, Mary Tyler Moore was the celebrity sponsor for the "Great American Meatout."

    • Mary Tyler Moore quit dancing and became an actor because dancing lack the spotlight that actors receive.

    • Mary Tyler Moore was married to Dick Meeker from 1955 until 1961. She then was married to Grant Tinker from 1962 until 1981. She married Dr Robert Levine in 1983, and as of 2006, they are still married.

    • In 2000, Mary Tyler Moore broke her wrist during the filming of Mary and Rhoda.

    • Mary Tyler Moore tried to help her brother end his life in an assisted suicide, but the attempt failed.

    • Mary Tyler Moore has seen a lot of death. Her sister Elizabeth, died from a drug overdose in 1978. Her brother died of cancer and her son, Richie, died from an accidental shooting in 1980.

    • Mary Tyler Moore is 5'8" tall.

    • Mary's character of Mary Richards from The Mary Tyler Moore Show was named number 8 on "Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters".

    • Mary's character from The Dick Van Dyke Show, Laura Petrie, was named number 78 on "Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters". She shares that rank with Dick Van Dyke's character, Rob Petrie.

    • In 1980, Mary won a special Tony Award for her performance in Whose Life is it Anyway?.

    • Mary has been a vegetarian for many years.

    • Mary Tyler Moore is the International Chairman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.

    • Mary has had five TV series after The Mary Tyler Moore Show, none of which was renewed for a second season.

    • Mary says she had a difficult childhood because of her mother's alcoholism.

    • In 1955, Mary got her first break in show business as the dancing kitchen appliance "Happy Hotpoint," the Hotpoint Appliance elf, in commercials which aired during the broadcast of the tv show The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.

    • Mary started dancing professionally within weeks of her graduating from high school.

    • While filming the 2000 reunion telefilm Mary and Rhoda with Valerie Harper, Mary broke a bone in her wrist.

    • There is only a 3 month age different between Mary Tyler Moore's son, Richie, and Mary's own sister, Elizabeth.

    • In 1984, Mary entered the Betty Ford Center for "social drinking habit".

    • Mary was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, or insulin dependent diabetes, over 30 years ago.

    • Mary portrayed the first Sam, who was in charge of the answering service on CBS Television's 1957 series Richard Diamond, Private Detective. She was never seen on camera, only her legs were. She the show after only three months.

    • On May 8th 2002, a bronze statue capturing her character Mary Richard's signature hat-toss went on display May 8, 2002 at the Minneapolis intersection where the opening credits scene of The Mary Tyler Moore Show was filmed.

    • She was a heavy smoker during her time on The Dick Van Dyke Show, but has since quit.

    • Mary walked out of the Neil Simon play Rose's Dilemma in December 2003, citing problems with the playwright after he sent her an insulting note prior to an appearance regarding her failure to memorize lines.

    • In 1988, she appeared in the Broadway play Sweet Sue alongside actors Lynn Redgrave and Barry Tubb.

    • Mary co-founded MTM Enterprises in 1969 with her now ex-husband Grant Tinker. She sold the company in 1990.

    • In 2001, Mary Tyler Moore testified before Congress calling for an increase in funding for diabetes and to support embryonic stem cell research.

    • Mary is a strong animal rights activist.

  • Quotes

    • Mary Tyler Moore: Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

    • Mary Tyler Moore: I'm not an actress who can create a character. I play me.

    • Mary Tyler Moore: My hope is that all Americans will join in to help convince Congress to take that final step to fund research. In the end, it's all about realizing our interconnectedness, mutual compassion, and hope for the future.

    • Mary Tyler Moore: I was diagnosed with 'juvenile' or Type 1 diabetes over 30 years ago. It was initially terrifying, but as an adult, I was much better equipped to deal with this challenge than a young child.

    • Mary Tyler Moore: What most adults fail to remember, is that childhood is often filled with challenges, fears, and uncertainties as daunting as any we face decades later.

    • Mary Tyler Moore: (Talking about President George W. Bush's vetoing the Senate's bill supporting embryonic stem cell research) This is an intelligent human being with a heart, and I don't see how much longer he can deny those aspects of himself.

    • Mary Tyler Moore: (talking about fur) Behind every beautiful fur, there is a story. It is a bloody, barbaric story.

    • Mary Tyler Moore: Diabetes is an all-too-personal time bomb which can go off today, tomorrow, next year, or 10 years from now - a time bomb affecting millions like me and the children here today.

    • Mary Tyler Moore: There is a dark side. I tend not to be as optimistic as Mary Richards. I have an anger in me that I carry from my childhood experiences -- I expect a lot of myself and I'm not too kind to myself.

    • Mary Tyler Moore: Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers.

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  • True fans...

    Hello fellow Mary Tyler Moore fans, I am currently producing the short film Moving Millie, and thought you might be interested. Moving Millie is a romantic, fun, and inspiring short film paying homage to some of the great classic sitcom comedies like Dick Van Dyke and I Love Lucy.

    Why are we producing this film? is something about the great classic sitcoms of the 1950/60s that stand the test of time. The wholesome jokes and high energy physical comedy has made audiences laugh for over fifty years. It is no wonder that Dick Van Dyke is being honored this year with the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award (not to mention last years recipient Mary Tyler Moore).

    As young artists, we have always admired, and tried to emulate the comedic styling's of these great performers. We found ourselves in an age where crude, edgy, and/or slacker humor is the focus of mainstream comedy, searching for something more truthful.

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  • A legend in her own right!

    I think that Mary Tyler Moore is a legend in her own right and that she starred in great shows like the Mary Tyler Moore show and the Dick Van Dyke show. As well as a bunch of tv movies. Still just one of the all-time great legends who deserves the title of legend IMHO! She will still be in reruns when she herself is gone. And for that, I am glad and grateful!moreless