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Nope, nobody had her


RIP Mary Tyler Moore. Nobody had her in the Dead Pool, so we can mourn without ulterior motive.

It was a sad exercise, doing an images search of her name. She’s another star who opted out of looking like a nice old lady and went instead with ‘youngish but terrifying zombie waxwork’. Her last husband was her plastic surgeon, was he not?

But I won’t speak ill. She was a towering figure, in as much as TV was somehow a towering medium back in the day.


Comment from thefritz
Time: January 25, 2017, 8:50 pm

While living in Chicago in ’86 I bumped into her, literally, in a Giordanos pizza restaurant. I never did wash that tomato sauce stain off my jacket….

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 25, 2017, 9:16 pm

I briefly worked with a man who had a recurring part on the MTM Show. He is one of the guys at a desk in the newsroom, shuffling papers, and never saying or doing anything.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 26, 2017, 5:00 am

I always kind of liked MTM. She was not a great actress, but never pretended to be either.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: January 26, 2017, 2:04 pm

Her Laura Petrie was one of a horde of hot suburban TV wives in those days, like Samantha Stephens, and even genies like Barbara Eden’s iconic character. It’s been said that The Dick van Dyke Show was the quintessential sitcom of the early Sixties/Kennedy era, the more so because its two leads resembled JFK and Jackie quite a bit. (Look at the hairstyles!)

The other morning I spotted Mary on an episode of 77 Sunset Strip, a small speaking role as the girlfriend of some male character, and billed as “Mary Moore.” According to IMDb, she did her run as Richard Diamond’s answering service girl, Sam, in 1959, and this Sunset Strip episode was from about 1960.

Truly a shame. There are some icons you think really ought to live forever, like Robert Vaughn and Mary Tyler Moore. . . .

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 26, 2017, 2:44 pm

In the mid 70s, Saturday nite had a great comedy show lineup. What were they?

Mary Tyler Moore Show
Bob Newhart

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 26, 2017, 2:52 pm

Do you remember when New Rochelle was invaded by aliens who took over Laura and she had a third eye in the back of her head, cleverly hid by her hair?


Comment from Timbo
Time: January 26, 2017, 3:23 pm

The third eye was a go to in a 60s sci fi. If I had had a choice to accessorize before birth, that would be my first choice.

On the other hand I’m due for cataract surgery and that would make it 50% more expensive.

Comment from AliceH
Time: January 26, 2017, 5:17 pm

Ric Fan: I looked it up. All in the Family and Carol Burnett.

(It was a USA Today piece from March 2001, titled “‘Killer lineup’ on CBS ruled the ’70s”. Couldn’t get it to paste on my kindle)

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 26, 2017, 7:00 pm

Thanks, everybody! I was in college and we would go to a bar and watch MTM et al, sitting at the bar getting drunk. Good times!

Speaking of third eyes, I highly recommend Shut Eye, which you can stream or download for free. It’s about the fortune telling business and the Roma mafia. Good acting:


Comment from bikeboy
Time: January 26, 2017, 8:26 pm

Great photo, Ms. Weasel! (No doubt Rob was in the OTHER twin bed. How times have changed! I always thought he was one lucky guy to be married to Laura, and too bad about the twin beds!)

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