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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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She truly could do anything. The last role I remember her in, that stuck with me, was as Mel’s mother in 1996’s Flirting with Disaster. Truly funny, while annoying and real. She stands out, like she has in everything she’s done from her very first role opposite John Cassavetes in 1960’s jazz detective series Johnny Stacatto, as a highlight.

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