Update: My original article about Mary Tyler Moore’s passing was captured and held hostage by WordPress. I am negotiating for its release as we speak. Ha! Gotta love technical glitches.
Look at that beautiful and charismatic face. Is it any wonder that she was beloved by legions of fans? Not only was she a talented actress but also she was a real, everyday, authentic person that galvanized women around the world to embrace everything that they could possibly be.
On Wednesday, February 25th 2017, the beloved Mary Tyler Moore passed away from cardiopulmonary arrest due to pneumonia. She was surrounded by her family members.
Her life had not been easy. Over the years, she suffered in silence while coping with multiple problems such as alcoholism (which she overcame when she checked herself in to the Betty Ford Centre) , diabetes, depression, the death of her only son.
And yet, she never let it affect her joyous and exuberant performances once the camera started to roll in front of her live audiences. She was, not surprisingly, the consummate professional.
She was our “Mar“, and we loved her fully and completely. Women lived their lives vicariously through her Mary Richards character on the iconic Mary Tyler Moore Show, coming to realize that her dreams of success could and did spark our dreams of success.
Originally discovered via her successful role as Laura Petrie on the equally successful Dick Van Dyke show, she was a performer who pretty much could do it all. Nothing was out of the realm of possibility for Mary. Not only was she an incredible actress but also she was a gifted singer and dancer, all in full display in the video which accompanies this article.
Memories of my young adult years centred around Mary. I even had a couple of outfits that Mary wore tailored for me. But, trust me – they looked a whole lot better on her than on me. Ha!
And, her attention to detail in her performances really resonated with me and, as a musician, I tried to emulate this quality as much as possible.
I encourage everyone to check out Mary Tyler Moore’s Wikipedia Page and CNN’s exceptional coverage of Mary. There is such a history there and so many stories from her peers. She was truly loved and left this world embraced by this love. That is quite a legacy, Mar!
On behalf of the MCL community, I wish her family, friends and fans my deepest and heartfelt condolences. R.I.P. Mary.