All about MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY by Herbie J Pilato

Read the all-inclusive biography of the iconic actress just in time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of TV’s “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”

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Provided below is a list of links that are connected to MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY — the first in-depth biography of the iconic actress who turned the world on with her smile.

MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY presents an objective, detailed telling of the performer’s life and career before, during, and beyond her two benchmark classic TV series, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, the latter of which in the fall of 2020, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY examines with a reflective and microscopic lens Moore’s endeavors in front of and behind the camera of countless TV, film, stage, and live-event appearances.

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In her later years, the multi-award-winning performer, who suffered from diabetes, was shaped not only by the ravages of that devastating disease, but by various physical, psychological, and professional challenges, as well as the more uplifting experiences of her involvement with numerous charitable works such as animal rights and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY narrates it all, telling the enticing, adventurous, very personal, very human, and now very accessible tale of Moore’s remarkable life and career.

Why I Wrote The Book

Who didn’t love Mary Tyler Moore? I did and still do. She was a remarkable person. I always respected her talent and the way she utilized her public persona for the highest good of all concerned. To me, that’s what every celebrity should do.

When you’re in the public eye of any arena, be it entertainment, politics, whatever, there is a tremendous responsibility to do and say the right thing. At least, I think there should be.

It’s all about true leadership. And let’s face it, television and film stars are leaders, if only because they have followers. And that term has never been more fully defined than it is in today’s world of social media — and Mary rose to the occasion, even in her darkest hours.

What I loved most about her was her sincerity. She was as honest as she could be in public and in private. She did the best she could in communicating her truest thoughts. She had integrity, and she had flaws — and she combined both of those aspects to the best of her ability as a consummate performer, as a professional, and as an advocate for various social causes. But she would have been the first to admit that she was not perfect, which only added to her appeal and charm.

Not only was Mary a gifted actor, a dancer, a singer, and an unselfish philanthropist, but she also had a solid business sense that she utilized to establish herself as one of the most successful individuals in the entertainment industry. But more than anything, she was one hell of a human being. I made every effort to explore and present all facets of her life in MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY.

How does MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY different from any previous book about or by the iconic performer?

It’s the first biography of Mary’s entire life and career, from the day she was born in 1936 until the day she died (on January 25, 2017). No other biography or book about her, not even her own memoirs, discusses as honestly and as thoroughly her personal and professional existence.

Beyond Moore’s two memoirs (from 1995 and 2008), previous biographies (from the 1970s and the 1980s), and guidebooks about The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show ( Mary’s biggest TV hits), MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY discusses expansively for the first time personal and professional struggles and triumphs she experienced before, during and after the countless other TV productions, feature films, stage plays, live events, and personal appearances that she made through the decades.

Although Moore relayed as much as she could about her life in her two memoirs, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY takes it all many steps further, as it delineates like no other publication before regarding her issues with alcoholism, diabetes, plastic surgery, childhood sexual abuse; her near-obsessive love for animals; her troubled personal relationships with her parents, and her first husband, Richard Meeker; the tragic deaths of her son, her brother, and her sister; her personal and professional challenges with her second husband and business partner TV executive Grant Tinker, as well as a few of her co-stars like Rose Marie (from The Dick Van Dyke Show), playwright Neil Simon, as well as her professional failures on Broadway, the big screen, and television.

In covering the gamut of Moore’s personal and professional existence, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY features all-new commentary culled from exclusive interviews with several of her co-stars over the years including Mary Tyler Moore Show actors Ed Asner, Gavin MacLeod, Joyce Bulifant; as well as Larry Matthews (little Ritchie Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show), Carol Channing (Mary’s co-star from the 1967 movie Thoroughly Modern Millie), Stanley Livingston (a co-star from Mary’s first movie X-15 in 1960), actress Karen Sharpe Kramer (Mary’s co-star on several early TV-appearances), as well as MTM insiders like Matthew Asner (son of Ed Asner), who grew up on the set of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and went on to co-produce and co-direct the DVD release and it’s included documentary of that series.

Rare recollections are also provided by renown television journalist Betty Rollin, who overcame breast cancer (and who Mary portrayed in the ground-breaking 1978 TV-biopic, First You Cry (based on Rollin’s best-selling memoir of the same name); writer/producers who worked with Mary on numerous of her television productions over the years including Treva Silverman, Sam Bobrick, Arnold Kogen, and Bill Persky, the latter of whom became one of Mary’s closest friends.

Additional preferential memories are shared by some of Hollywood’s top entertainment journalists like Rick Lertzman, who reveals never-heard memories from his conversations with Grant Tinker and Rose Marie.

In all, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY delivers pertinent insights and unique behind-the-scenes perspectives and recollections of the multi-talented performer/humanitarian that Mary Tyler Moore was and will always remain in the eyes of millions of her fans the world over.

And there’s “Moore…”

Who was Mary’s competition to play Laura on The Dick Van Dyke Show?

Why did Mary become such an integral part of The Dick Van Dyke Show’s success?

Which actress felt slighted by Mary on The Mary Tyler Moore Show?

Why did Mary continue to have plastic surgery?

What drove Mary’s desire to be a star?

Who became one of Mary’s closest female friends?

Why didn’t Mary have more close friends of any gender?

Why didn’t Mary have more children?

Why did director Robert Redford cast Mary in her Oscar-nominated performance in the 1980 feature film Ordinary People?

The answers to these questions and more are revealed in MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY available everywhere.

Meanwhile, below is a sample of the reviews, followed by more about MARY.

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“MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY…explores both her triumphs and struggles on the screen and behind closed doors.”

- Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News

“Herbie J Pilato is a true ‘keeper of the flame’ for classic TV. In MARY, he’s given us an extensive, humanizing look at one of the medium’s biggest icons; the good, the bad and sometimes, ugly. But it’s real. He’s spoken to all the right people…and I’m betting there’s a lot here that will surprise even the most devoted fans.”

- Peter King, Correspondent, CBS News Radio

“…MARY offers a wonderful depth to the events, details, and anecdotes. The book causes many paused moments of nostalgic reflection on the impact of ‘70s/’80s TV, and is a solid contribution to classic TV history.”

- Christopher Pufall, Writer, Space Epic Productions

“An absolutely riveting and brilliant biography of an American icon. An instant classic! Only a skilled writer like Herbie J Pilato could bring us this comprehensive look at one of America’s greatest television icons. Pilato wonderfully navigates the reader through her ups and downs…her amazing success and failures along the road. Pilato does not pull any punches. He is truthful, candid and frank- yet respectful of Ms. Moore. An amazing biography…Pilato hits a home-run with this great book!”

- Rick Lertzman, The Life and Times of Hollywood Blog

“After reading MARY, I felt I knew and understood Mary Tyler Moore, even though I never met her. This rendering of her life story hit close to home. Bravo, Herbie J Pilato. Bravo.”

- David Selby, actor/writer (“Dark Shadows”/”Falcon Crest”)

“…several hundred pages that slowly peel back the iconic [actress] to introduce the reader to the real woman…the author has done such an excellent job in revealing her to be human, with all the foibles and fears and doubts and issues that brings along with it.”

- Steve Thompson, Forces of Geek

“For anyone who’s been waiting for a definitive look at the life and career of Mary Tyler Moore, the wait is over. MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY is filled with revelations and delivers the goods.”

- Ed Gross,

MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY — an epic opus about the beloved MTM.”

- Greg Hernandez, Greg in Hollywood

“What Herbie J Pilato has given us is a one-stop tome that covers everything one could ask for about Moore herself, her colleagues, her relationships, her misfires and triumphs, her self-consciousness and lack of self-esteem in terms of her looks, not to mention her causes like diabetes research and animal rights…[a] very detailed and balanced tribute. Someone needed to write this book and who better than Herbie J Pilato. He knows how to do it.”

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Herbie J Pilato writes about pop-culture, stays positive, and hosts THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, a TV talk show on Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime UK.

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