Mary Tyler Moore was born on 29 December 1936, in Brooklyn, New York City USA, and was an actress, best known for being a part of numerous sitcoms, including “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, and “The Dick Van Dyke Show”. She also appeared in numerous films such as “Ordinary People”, and “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, and in particular was known to portray characters that pushed the boundaries of the stereotypical images of women on television, and as a part of gender norms. She also did a lot of charity work before her untimely passing in 2017.
A Television and Film Star’s Wealth
How rich was Mary Tyler Moore? As of early-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $60 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting, but she also wrote books and founded her own production company. All of her achievements ensured the position of her wealth.
The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Subsequent Work
At a young age Mary’s family moved to Los Angeles, and she would then attend Immaculate Heart High School. Around that time, she decided that she wanted to pursue a career as a dancer, and initially appeared in several television commercials in the 1950s. She also modelled anonymously for covers of record albums, before eventually getting her opportunity to become a part of television, with support roles in TV series such as “Johnny Staccato” and “Bachelor Father”. She then appeared in numerous films and television projects, such as “77 Sunset Strip”, “Dead or Alive”, and “Thriller”.
In 1961, she was cast in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” which was a series based on Carl Reiner’s life and career, and would be a part of the show for five years playing Van Dyke’s wife, gaining a lot of popularity and becoming internationally known. She eventually won her first Emmy Award for the role, which would then lead to her own sitcom – “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. In the series, she popularized the premise of the single working woman which eventually became a television staple. From 1970 to 1977, the show enjoyed good ratings until it eventually died down in season seven, which led producers to cancel the series. Despite that, the show would hold the record for winning the most Emmys, before it was broken by the sitcom “Frasier” in 2002.
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After “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”, she would go on to appear in several other projects – she attempted to try the musical-variety genre with “Mary”, but it proved unsuccessful, suffering from poor reviews and strife within the production crew. She had several more short-lived projects, and also had a guest role in the television show “Ellen’. In 2006 she would make a guest appearance in the sitcom “That ‘70s Show”, and also appeared in a “Hot in Cleveland” reunion, in which she announced to the public that she had diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and only had a few months to live.
Aside from her acting work, Mary was the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or JDRF, helping raise funds and awareness of diabetes mellitus type 1. She was also a long time animal rights activist, and supported charities such as ASPCA as well as Farm Sanctuary.
Away From the Spotlight – Life, Health, and Death
Moore’s first marriage was to Richard Carleton Meeker in 1955 while she was just 18 years old; within just six weeks she became pregnant with their only child, however, their marriage only lasted until 1961. The following year she married CBS executive Grant Tinker and in 1970, the duo created the production company MTM Enterprises which would be responsible for the creation of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”. The couple eventually divorced in 1981. A year before their divorce, Mary’s son died of an accidental gunshot to the head while holding a small .410 shotgun which was later taken off the market because of its hair trigger. In 1983, she married Robert Levine who she met while in New York City.
Mary was a recovered alcoholic. She was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 1969. She had surgery in 2011 to remove a benign brain tumor, but later in her life, she was starting to have heart and kidney problems, and was also nearly blind. In 2017, she passed away from cardiopulmonary arrest complicated by pneumonia, while at the Greenwich Hospital after being put on a respirator for the previous week. Her funeral was a private ceremony held at the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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