Posts Tagged ‘Mary Tyler Moore Interview’

Mary Tyler Moore Honored at SAG Awards

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Actress Mary Tyler Moore received the Screen Actor’s Guild Lifetime Achievement Award at Sunday’s SAG Awards. Dick Van Dyke presented the award.

In her 1997 Archive interview, Moore reflects on some of her favorite moments with Van Dyke on The Dick Van Dyke Show:

The SAG Awards aired on TBS and TNT at 5pm PST/8pm EST on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

Happy 75th Birthday, Mary Tyler Moore!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The lovely Mary Tyler Moore is 75 years young today! The actress, best known for her roles as “Laura Petrie” on The Dick Van Dyke Show, as “Mary Richards” on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and as “Beth Jarrett” in the film Ordinary People, spoke in depth about playing these characters in her Archive interview.

On getting cast as “Laura Petrie” on The Dick Van Dyke Show:

On the ensemble cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show:

On her role in Ordinary People:

Happy birthday, Mary!!

Watch Mary Tyler Moore’s full interview here.

About this interview:

Mary Tyler Moore always knew she’d have a career on stage, “I knew at a very early age what I wanted to do. Some people refer to it as indulging in my instincts and artistic bent. I call it just showing off, which was what I did from about three years of age on.” In her Archive interview, Mary Tyler Moore discusses growing up in Brooklyn before moving with her family to Los Angeles. She chronicles her first TV job, as “Happy Hotpoint” on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which she began right after graduating high school, and discusses her time as a chorus dancer before choosing to pursue acting. After she revealed that she had played the unseen “Sam” on Richard Diamond, Private Detective, her career began to take off. She turned to comedy when Carl Reiner cast her as “Laura Petrie” in The Dick Van Dyke Show, and Moore discusses the show, as well as meeting her future husband Grant Tinker on the set. She then talks about her next series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the first of many series produced by MTM Productions. She speaks of her later series and her acclaimed work in the film Ordinary People, and on stage in Whose Life is it Anyway? Mary Tyler Moore was interviewed in New York City on October 23, 1997. Diane Werts conducted the two-hour interview.

“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” At 40

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

On September 19, 1970, The Mary Tyler Moore Show debuted and ran for seven perfect seasons. As part of a Saturday night line-up  considered among the best ever in TV (in the 1973-74 season, the other shows were: All in the Family, M*A*S*H, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Carol Burnett Show), the series was an instant classic.  For many years, it held the record for the most Emmy Awards won by a series (at 29); the show saw wins for ensemble cast members Edward Asner, Valerie Harper, Ted Knight, Cloris Leachman, Mary Tyler Moore, and Betty White.  As noted by The Museum of Broadcast Communications’ Encyclopedia of Television: “The program represented a significant change in the situation comedy… As created by the team of James Brooks and Allan Burns, The Mary Tyler Moore Show presented the audience with fully-realized characters who evolved and became more complex throughout their life on the show.”

The Archive of American Television interviewed creators Brooks and Burns, main series director Jay Sandrich, writers including Treva Silverman, and many of the series cast.  Click here to watch these interviews (and the show’s premiere episode from Hulu) on the Archive’s show page for The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Additionally, see special curated spotlights on two classic Mary episodes: “The Lars Affair” (that introduced Betty White’s “Happy Homemaker”) and “Chuckles Bites the Dust” (considered one of the best sitcom episodes of all-time).