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A Debt of Gratitude: Mary Tyler Moore built the foundation of modern television

 

The day Mary Tyler Moore died, I was sitting in a television studio in the appropriately named Studio City California watching a taping of a CBS sitcom.

Wandering around the studio I came across a plaque on the wall; eerily this very studio was built by Mary Tyler Moore and the show named after her was filmed there. She was not a creation of television, she was one of the creators of modern television as we know it. Without her vision and business savvy as a producer, modern comedy and modern culture would be missing its foundation.

Mary Tyler _ Ken Reid

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Always funny, and sympathetic, Ordinary People remains the movie that showed us she really could do anything. Heartbreaking and all too real, her performance is if anything even more impressive today than it was at the time. It was unexpected, but at the same time what everyone knew she was always capable of.

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