The stunning transformation of Mary Tyler Moore
"Mary Tyler Moore was a trailblazer. A feminist icon. And above all, funny," CBS remembered in Love Is All Around.
As a precocious girl who got her start acting in live commercials in the 1950s, Moore was a born entertainer. "I love to work. I love my work, and I can't imagine life without it," she once said. Delighting her massive television audience with her portrayal of Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, she pioneered a women's revolution with grace, levity, and an irresistible smile. And, of course, brilliantly-crafted comedic timing.
Winner of seven Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes, author of several revealing memoirs, and a tireless advocate for diabetes research, she managed an extraordinary career spanning over six decades. But she didn't become the woman we know, without struggling with who she was. While she unequivocally "made it after all", she also struggled deeply with her own illnesses, as well as devastating loss in her personal life. Whatever the task at hand, her spirit, her genuine joy, and her artistic mastery proved palpably strong. In her words, "Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you."