All of Hollywood–and the world–is in mourning today. We’ve lost Mary Tyler Moore, an amazing actress and just a wonderful all-around person. From her Emmy-winning work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show to her Oscar-nominated role in Ordinary People, she dazzled us all. She even worked as the International Chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, helping to raise funds and awareness about Type 1 Diabetes.
Take a moment of silence now to honor the life, work, and heart-warming charm of an incredible woman. And when you’re ready, pick up one of the following books and immerse yourself in her inspiring strength, warmth, and talent.
1. After All by Mary Tyler Moore
In this candid autobiography, Moore reveals all the things fans never knew about her co-workers: no one–from Dick Van Dyke and Elvis, to Carl Reiner and First Lady Betty Ford–is spared. She also details events from her childhood, her struggle with alcoholism, the death of her son, and all three of her marriages. Prepare for wit, charm, and tragedy.
2. Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes by Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore’s most recent memoir is an absolute must-read for any fan of her work: in Growing Up Again, she unflinchingly details her struggle with diabetes, her recovery from alcoholism, and the difficulty of managing her responsibilities as an actress, mother, businesswoman, campaigner, and fund-raiser. Heartwarming, poignant, and inspiring–you don’t want to miss out on this one.
3. American Legends: The Life of Mary Tyler Moore by Charles River Editors
“My grandfather once said, having watched me one entire afternoon, prancing and leaping and cavorting, ‘this child will either end up on stage or in jail.” Fortunately, I took the easy route” (Mary Tyler Moore). This comprehensive biography chronicles both Mary Tyler Moore’s life and career, and also includes plenty of pictures and quotes.
4. Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic by Jennifer Armstrong
This book delves into not only the making of Mary Tyler Moore’s famous 70s sitcom, but also into the social controversy surrounding it and the female writers who helped forge a path for provocative feminism.
5. Dick Van Dyke & Mary Tyler Moore: The Premiere Sitcom Stars of the 60s and 70s by Charles River Editors
A humorous, detailed account of the lives of two of television’s most famous stars. Dick and Mary share personal memories–regrets and favorite experiences–as well as memories of their experiences working along stars like Elvis and Julie Andrews.
We’ll miss you desperately, Mary Tyler Moore. Rest in peace.
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