On January 5, 2016, I published a tongue in cheek post:
Now a year later, Mary Tyler Moore is dead.
I am sad even though I did not know her personally.
Yet, I did know, like, and learn from her television role as Mary on the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
She taught me strategies for navigating life’s challenges with grace and strength.
She impressed upon me that I could be assertive while remaining kind.
She was funny, thoughtful and persistent.
She stood her ground without “taking prisoners”.
Mary Tyler Moore in later years
In interviews later in her life, she exhibited many of the qualities that I liked about her television character.
She was genuine and caring.
She seemed like a person I would like to know off the screen.
I never saw a diva!
Mary Tyler Moore Redux
Learning of her death, I decided to watch her show again on Hulu.
I was surprised and pleased at how relevant the show remains after all these years.
The plots make valid points about social mores in a funny and gentle manner.
The clothes are amazing with one exception. See for yourself the patchwork hostess skirt in the the “Today I Am A Ma’am” episode in Season 2/Episode 2. You be the judge!
Thank you and goodbye to a great lady.