I've been hearing and reading so much about Mary Tyler Moore since the news broke late yesterday afternoon that the TV icon had passed at the age of 80. First she was "Laura Petrie," then "Mary Richards," then played against type and was nominated for an Academy Award for "Ordinary People." She was such a rare talent and impossible not to love.
My first memories of Mary were from The Dick Van Dyke Show, of course. As a kid, I watched the show in reruns on Channel 2 (CBS-TV) at 11 am on summertime weekdays. Carl Reiner told the New York Times: “I think the fact that Mary and Dick were dancers gave the whole program a grace that very few programs have.” Grace. That was Mary Tyler Moore -- and Dick Van Dyke. Yesterday, Mr. Van Dyke tweeted: "There are no words. She was the BEST! We always said that we changed each other's lives for the better." And then he linked to the video on top here, of Laura and Rob Petrie performing an old standard "I've Got Your Number" from his program. (Yes, that's Don Rickles introducing them.) I've included two more dancing videos here that show you just how special these two were together.
Ms. Moore and her husband shared a home in Millbrook, NY. She let Architectural Digest in for a visit in 1991 and you can see that here. What a beautiful house, and she seemed to really love Millbrook: "There's not even a movie house in this town—you have to go to Poughkeepsie!"
Who didn't -- who couldn't -- love Mary Tyler Moore? A class act all the way. And I wonder if she ever did go to the movies in Poughkeepsie.