Mary Tyler Moore, who died Wednesday, wasn’t just beloved. She was the kind of beloved where they build you a statue. Moore’s statue is in Minneapolis, where her best-known character, Mary Richards of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, worked for the fictional television station WJM. She’d already won two Emmys playing Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, but Moore cemented her icon status when Mary Richards walked into that job interview. Even if she got off to a rough start with Lou Grant, her soon-to-be boss, who kept a bottle of whiskey in his desk. He wanted her to join him for a drink. She asked for a Brandy Alexander.
He didn’t mean a Brandy Alexander.
Mary Richards was not TV’s first working woman, or its first woman on her own. But before Mary, if you saw a woman without a partner at the center of a TV comedy, she was probably a widow, like Diahann Carroll’s single mom on Julia or Lucille Ball on the show she did after I Love Lucy, which was, perhaps unsurprisingly, called The Lucy Show.
Mary didn’t have a living husband, a dead husband, an ex-husband, or even a permanent boyfriend like Marlo Thomas did on That Girl. It wasn’t that she didn’t want one. Jennifer Keishin Armstrong wrote Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted, a history of the show. And in 2013, she told NPR how Mary stayed single for so long: The show tried out some possible boyfriends, but “no one was good enough for her.”
Mary Tyler Moore, best known for her work on classic TV sitcoms The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, has died. She was 80 years old.
“Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,” her spokesperson Mara Buxbaum said in a statement. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”
Moore first rose to prominence as Laura Petrie, wife to Dick Van Dyke’s Rob Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, a role that earned her two Emmy Awards. She went on to star on a series of her own, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, where she played Mary Richards, the associate producer of a network news show. The hugely influential 1970s sitcom was the first to focus on an independent career woman, making it an important step for female representation and the feminist movement. The series earned a total of 29 Emmys over its seven-season run, including three for Moore.
Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.
Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) and the ditzy Rose Nylund on Les craquantes (1985), Betty White had been in television for a long, long time before those two shows, having had her own series, Life with Elizabeth (1952) in 1952. The widow of TV game-show hostAllen Ludden, she has been inducted into the Television Hall of Fame and is known for her tireless efforts on behalf of animals.
Uteruses before duderuses.
Ovaries before brovaries.As of late, TV has been having a golden age, being touted by
some as superior to what we are currently seeing in movie theatres. Well, add passing the Bechdel test to the
list of ways TV is “beating” movies right now.
TV seems to get that their female characters need their ladies, and they
need them for more than just talking about boys. Get on board, Film.
TV has a long history of strong female friendships and OF
COURSE IT DOES. If you are going to
accurately portray women in their daily lives, you have to give them their
ride-or-die. Each of these friendships
has a lot to teach the film industry about accurate representation of women, so
I thought I would highlight 10 of them to exhibit how it’s done.
Lucy and Ethel on I Love Lucy
What can we learn: For every gal who has tendency to get
herself into some crazy situations is a friend who is trying to talk her out of
it, but that same friend will also stand by her when she does it any way.
Mary and Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
What can we learn:
This show was groundbreaking in its day for this portrayal of single,
working girls in the city. Rhoda’s
brassy street-wise sensibility is the perfect match for Mary’s Midwestern girl
trying to make it in the city. The two
dated around a bit and Rhoda eventually moves away for love (and a spin-off),
but their friendship was always about more then venting about boys.
Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia on The Golden Girls
What can we learn:
Forget T-Swift, THIS is the real squad goals. These brawds teach us that a group of friends
is often made up of some varied ladies, but that’s why the crew is ultimately
successful. Just like these retirees,
friends may snipe at each other, but at the end of the day they thank you for
being a friend.
Monica and Rachel on Friends
What can we learn:
While the pair has much love for Phoebe, I think we can all agree that
the bond between these two was the strongest.
The strongest lesson from the Monica and Rachel is that a true
friendship lasts time and distance. When
Rachel shows up in a wedding dress at the beginning of the series, Monica takes
her under wing and helps her navigate life in the city as a single, working
Daria and Jane on Daria
What can we learn:
Not all female friendships are ladies brunching or besties meeting up to
gab over cosmos. Some are made up of
like-minded despondent, cynical, girls who can bond over snark. Daria and Jane are not going to be found
wearing BFF charm necklaces, but the bond between them is still apparent.
Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha on Sex and the City
What can we learn: Do
women get together and talk about men and sex?
Yes. Yes, they do. But is that the crux of their friendship? No, as is exhibited with these ladies. As the title might infer, a lot of this show
WAS about their romantic relationships, but the show at it’s core is about
their friendship and having each other through the ups and downs of said
Meredith and Christina on Grey’s Anatomy
What can we learn:
Life can be dramatic, so it is important to have your “person”. Meredith and Christina show that friendship
is not always perfect. Friends argue,
they know each other’s failings, but they help each other through the hard
times. And this being a Shonda Rhimes
show, these ladies have more than their fair share of hard times to get
Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins on Parks and Recreation
What can we learn: This
friendship literally began in a pit, but this friendship is as a sweet and
beautiful as Ann Perkins herself. These
two are hard-working ladies but they also work hard to see each other’s career
goals, romantic desires, and waffle cravings realized. If a friendship can survive a night of Snake
Juice and a move to Ann Arbor, then you know it’s the real deal.
Abbi and Ilana on Broad City
What can we learn:
Imperfect women can make a perfect friendship. Abbi and Ilana see each other through some
true tests of friendship, but us girls know that you’ll do anything for your
best friend. Even if that means covertly
getting her poop out of the bathroom during a power outage so that her crush
doesn’t see it. Forget bromances, that
is true friendship.
Emma and Maggie on Playing House
What can we learn:
The very premise of this show is what female friendships are all
about. When pregnant Maggie finds her husband
cheating on her, Emma moves back to their hometown to move in with her and help
raise her baby. The chemistry and banter
between real life best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham is off the
charts and so true to the kind of conversations you get out of real women with
All the questions re good, but for me there are three, i.e. 6. favourite colour (orange), favourite writer (Peter de Vires / Google ‘said’ ‘known for his satiric wit’ / I should check out his books) and… 13. favourite actress (Maggie Smith).
Bea Arthur’s favourite actress is Maggie Smith. For me,it is the best (we can say, Dorothy likes Minerva :D (it was March 1996, though)).
1) There are worse places for a cat to throw up than on the carpet, specifically my hands, which were shielding my keyboard.
2) My father called last night and asked how “the ladies” were doing. I wasn’t sure who he was talking about, but I was in the middle of watching Mary Tyler Moore, so I said, “oh, they’re fine,” and only later did I realize that he was referring to the cats.
3) The garden just before dark (pictured) is my favorite time, when the light is scarce enough to feel valuable, but not so scarce as to feel depressing. Let’s be honest: it’s also when going to work feels furthest away.
If Mary Tyler Moore married and divorced Steven Tyler, then married and divorced Michael Moore, and got into a three-way lesbian marriage with Demi Moore and Mandy Moore, would she go by the name Mary Tyler Moore Tyler Moore Moore Moore?
title: Superfail (Part I) rating: T words: 2,455 summary: Superheros and super-villains creating super messes. Brittana. a/n: Written for finnfuckingshothimself because I can. Thanks to skullzyo and overratedmusings for the brainstorming, and to mad-cow-mama for being the best beta a girl could have.
Close up on a small brunette woman spinning around in circles on the sidewalk. She’s grinning and oblivious to everything around her. A Mary Tyler-Moore cap sits atop her head until she takes it off and throws it up into the air. As she does she’s crossing the street, and as she crosses the street she doesn’t see the big yellow cab barreling towards her. In a big city like Dalton, cab drivers kind of do what they want to get by.
However, this cab, though speeding, has a green light. The driver looks to the left where he thinks he saw someone flag him down, and he doesn’t notice the strange idiotic girl spinning through a crosswalk without looking for traffic.
There are shouts and screams to catch the girl’s attention, and she freezes in the middle of the road to watch the cab. One might think she would run, but she stands there and screams. The cab driver slams on his brakes, but the cab is still skidding forwards. In a flash, a blur shoots down the sidewalk and through the street. More shouts, this time excitement, echo through the streets.
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