R.I.P. Mary Tyler Moore

RIP Mary Tyler Moore


December 29, 1936 – January 25, 2017

Rest in Peace

Categories: Society

10 replies

  1. I just replied to Virginia Fair on FB, to her note on MTM. Mary has obviously touched so many of us!

  2. Mary provided a pattern for a new reality and life possible for women. Her show quietly broke so many traditional strangle holds. She prepared young career women for the obstacles they were going to hit – and provided a script and pattern of behavior to get past it. All with a smile. As she said in one interview, with comedy you can make change in society without lecturing them. So smart.
    I actually used to think, “What would Mary do in this situation…and usually remember some show where she face a similar problem.
    Didn’t need no stinkin’ hat – tossed caution and hat to the winds. (Can you imagine an episode where Mary Richards is handed one of those knitted pink kitty hats? ..no doubt she’d giggle a little awkwardly, crookedly put it on, then quietly place it in her desk after the person left.She would have done it with such class.)
    Pink – the traditional color of little girls as determined by stereotype and tradition. Hello Kitty. Cutesy. Formed by the womanly art of knitting. (interesting history about the phrase “attend/stick to your knitting” which has often been directed to women in the past. http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/238941/origin-of-stick-to-your-knitting. )
    Hat named with the same word that women found offensive. Less “I am woman hear me roar” than “I am little girl, hear me giggle”
    Sorry I digress. March yes, Speak up, yes. As a grown woman with knowledge and skills. In little kitty cat, no. We can and must do better .
    May the force and wisdom of Mary Tyler Moore always be with us!

  3. Yesterday (Jan 29) the over-the-air free channel ME TV (i call it antique tv) ran 3 hours of MTM, beginning with the 1st episode & ending with the last. I heard parts, but didn’t get to watch them. Evenso, that last scene where the WJM staff marched out singing “It’s a Long Way to Tipperari”- followed by Mary coming back alone to turn off the lights– made me tear up. Have seen it a number of times, but the finality in this showing made it ever so much more sad 😦

    Kinda neat the way this station plays special memorial episodes when a well-known actor passes, but i am starting to cringe when i hear the particular snippet of piano they play while showing “in memory of xxx actor, 1234 -2017”

    • I didn’t watch religiously enough to remember all the episodes, but I’ll never forget how she was always upbeat, cheerful, optimistic. She had spunk — which her boss, Lou Asner, hated. And that smile … I’ll never forget that smile.

  4. Laura Petrie was my first real love. Maybe not the actual first, but real nonetheless.

“The opinions of others should not deter you from being yourself.” ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

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