This Tuesday was the date to remember Mary Tyler Moore’s work on television, as the actress completed her 75th birthday. Even though there is no way of going against time itself, most Americans probably remember her in her early thirties, when Moore starred ‘The Mary Tyler Show’, television production which earned the fame she is known for.
At the same time that her main acting job was for the show entitled with her own name, Moore had her first big appearance on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’, when she played the role of his wife. That was when Moore captured the acknowledgment on American television for the very first time, considering that this initial appearance was, most certainly, decisive for the development of her other acting jobs.
Before Moore got the role on the Van Dyke Show, the main television appearance that could be expected of her was on commercials. One of the most famous videos still available is the ‘Happy Hotpoint Commercial’, where the product is a dish-washing machine. Typical of that time, the women appear as house wives and demonstrate concern to the household well being.
After going through her sitcoms career, Moore was casted for the movie ‘Ordinary People’. Her acting earned her an Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress. The trailer to that movie is also still available today. Even though the nomination was granted, Moore was not the one chosen at that time to be an Oscar winning actress.
As it usually happens with celebrities, Moore was not any different when it came to problems with drugs. When she was already on her own show, Moore was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and later on dealt with alcoholism. Moore also had to go through brain surgery to remove a benign meningioma.
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