It would be hard to overstate the influence of Mary Tyler Moore when she emerged as a superstar in the mid-1960s. Back in the days of The Dick Van Dyke Show and, later, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, everyone either wanted to be her, be her friend, be her boyfriend, or even sit next to her at a salon. Basically, you wanted Mary Tyler Moore in your life in any capacity. After all, who could resist her? Whether playing a spirited housewife or a career woman, Ms. Moore mastered pitch-perfection and fine-line-walking: She was beautiful but unthreatening, self-deprecating but dignified, adored by both sexes.
The award was a sign that she had not only arrived but that her career was “zooming,” she recalled. Launching a new television series is notoriously hard work, but there were lighter moments, too: “Dick used to like to nap during lunch on set. My cast mates and I used to tiptoe around him. When he woke up we made sure he would see all of our faces in front of him.”
Her breezy style, on set and off, made her a national role model, but Ms. Moore admits that she “never felt beautiful,” adding: “The closest I came was feeling pretty.” VIOLET GREY respectfully disagreed (with the photographic evidence to prove it) and asked: What makes a woman beautiful? “The belief that you are beautiful,” she answered.
On that we quite agree.
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