Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York. She became one of television’s most beloved wives on The Dick van Dyke Show and won two Emmys for her work on the series, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, featuring a single, thirty-something woman in the working world.
In the video below, you can see an extract of the Dick van Dyke Show, where she and Dick sing You Wonderful You, while they perform an amazing dance routine.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show hit the airwaves in 1970, and her character was in step with the times. Audiences identified with her portrayal of Mary Richards, a single thirty something woman in the working world. The comedy show followed Mary’s personal and professional life as she worked at a television news department and also featured Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, and Valerie Harper.
Ending a seven-year run on television, Mary Tyler Moore tried again to find another series. She made several attempts, including 1978′s Mary and 1995′s New York News, but none of her new shows caught on with television audiences. She did, however, continue to have success in other acting endeavours. She won a Tony Award for her performance of Whose Life is it Anyway? (1980) on Broadway.
Mary Tyler Moore also received an Academy Award nomination for Ordinary People that same year. The movie was about the accident of the older son of an affluent family. The tragic accident deeply strains the relationships among the bitter mother, the good-natured father, and the guilt-ridden younger son.
In addition to her acting, Mary Tyler Moore devoted much of her time to the American Diabetes Association.