Remembering Mary

January 26, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I was driving to an appointment with a client yesterday when I heard the news on the radio that Mary Tyler Moore had died at the age of 80 and my heart broke a little. I honestly think it’s crazy how wrapped up we get in actors and musicians but it truly feels like they become a part of our lives. For me, Mary Tyler Moore has been in my life since I was 3 years old when the Mary Tyler Moore Show came on the air in 1970, if we were home on Saturday nights when that show was on we watched. I remember sitting and watching Mary lose her cool at the funeral of Chuckles the Clown, remember he was dressed in a peanut costume at a parade and died after an elephant tried to “shell” him. I remember thinking how cool her apartment was in that big house in Minneapolis, you remember the one that was one giant room and she had those big windows and a door that went out onto a balcony. I remember thinking how much Mary Tyler Moore reminded me of my own mom, they way they wore their hair and the clothes they wore. (above image via)


I remember the first time I saw a rerun of the Dick Van Dyke show and wondered why Mary Tyler Moore was married to the guy from Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I remember seeing the movie Ordinary People and I didn’t like the fact that I didn’t like Mary’s character of a repressed mother in that film at all, she was nominated for an Academy Award for the film. I remember when her real life son Richie died from a gunshot wound at the age of 24 and thinking how sad she had to be, he was her only child. Most of all though I remember how much my family and I laughed at the characters Mary and her friends portrayed every week for years, I’ll always remember her smile. So, toss your hats in the air and remember the good and I leave you with this, “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants,” look it up and Enjoy!!!

Phyllis, Mary, and Rhoda, otherwise known as Cloris, Mary, and Valerie. (via)

The huge Victorian house in Minneapolis where Mary lived. (via)

Mary gets a tour of the apartment from her new landlord Phyllis. (via)

Here’s an artist’s rendering of the plan of Mary’s fab apartment. (via)

Remember, everything was in one room and Mary slept on the sofa that folded out. (via)

A look at the little kitchen. (via)

Christmas with Mary and Rhoda. (via)

Can’t you just hear her saying, “Oh Mr. Graaaant”, loved Ed Asner’s character. (via)

The whole gang towards the end of the show in 1977. (via)

All words are my own.

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