What was it about Mary Tyler Moore?

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Jacobs Brown Press published my new biography of the beloved actress, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, on January 29th, 2020 — which marked the 2nd anniversary of Moore’s passing.

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

MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY is the first, full-length, objective biography of Mary’s entire life and career, from the day she was born in 1936 until the day she left this world in 2016. 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 explores in-depth 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.

The book is available on Amazon.com, and if you would like to order a personally signed copy, feel free to email me at HJPilato.com. For more about the book, click on the following link for a recent interview I did with Fox News:


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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