With unprecedented access to Mary Tyler Moore’s vast archive, BEING MARY TYLER MOORE chronicles the screen icon whose storied career spanned 60 years. Weaving Mary’s narrative with the beats of her professional accomplishments, the film highlights her groundbreaking roles and the indelible impact she had on generations of women who came after her. Mary’s career broke boundaries in different eras, most notably in her comedic roles as Laura Petrie in the 6os sitcom, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and as a single career woman.

Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in the ’70s, both of which put her at the forefront of female representation on television and cemented her as a role model for independent working women. Acknowledging that much of herself was woven into her sunny characters, she nevertheless struggled behind the scenes, dealing privately with immeasurable tragedy in her personal life, some of which was echoed in her portrayal of a grieving mother in the 1980 film “Ordinary People,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. In the last thirty-five years of her life, Mary went through a transformative period of self-discovery, moving to New York City, finding true love, and going on to become an impactful global advocate for diabetes research. BEING MARY TYLER MOORE documents the life of a complex artist who shifted the dynamics of how women were portrayed on television, had far-reaching influence on the business through her own production company, and helped affect great change through her work as International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

From producers Lena Waithe, Debra Martin Chase, director James Adolphus and executive producer Dr. S. Robert Levine, BEING MARY TYLER MOORE is the definitive feature documentary that explores Mary’s life and vanguard career. As an actor, performer, and advocate, she revolutionized the portrayal of women in media, redefined their roles in show business, and inspired generations to dream big and make it on their own.

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Official Movie Trailer

Being Mary Tyler Moore, an HBO Original documentary, examines the extraordinary life, career, and legacy of the actress and activist. The film was directed by James Adolphus with Lena Waithe and Debra Martin Chase as producers and Dr. S. Robert Levine as executive producer.

Lena Waithe Interview at SXSW

Lena Waithe and the filmmakers behind the documentary ‘Being Mary Tyler Moore,’ director James Adolphus, producer Debra Martin Chase and Mary’s husband Dr. S. Robert Levine, share why they each wanted to tell the story about the TV icon and how Mary impacted them.

Press Coverage


NPR Correspondent David Bianculli writes “Hats off to an illuminating new documentary about Mary Tyler Moore,” and he delivers his review of the HBO documentary in a 6 minute Fresh Air segment.

Parade Magazine

Mara Reinstein at Parade Magazine reviews the new HBO documentary on Mary Tyler Moore and lists 10 things you may not know about the famous actress.

Today Show

Mary Tyler Moore’s widower Dr. Robert Levine shares how he and the television icon first met and the love they shared until her passing in 2017. Dr. Levine also talks about how he is continuing her legacy and says, “She’s with me every day. The pain of her loss is unreconciled but I feel her love all around me.”

Vanity Fair

Savannah Walsh writes that Mary Tyler Moore Was Rarely What She Seemed on TV. Vanity Fair covers how the filmmakers behind a new HBO documentary reveal how they unfurled the legacy of a beloved yet elusive icon.

Yahoo! Entertainment

It’s hard to conceive of a reality where The Mary Tyler Moore Show wasn’t a pioneering television comedy hit. But the new documentary Being Mary Tyler Moorereveals that the late actress’ signature CBS sitcom had a bumpy beginning that could have kept it off the airwaves altogether.

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