What was it about Mary Tyler Moore?

Herbie J Pilato
4 min readDec 29, 2018

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…

Herbie J Pilato

Herbie J Pilato is a writer, producer, and TV personality whose books about life and pop culture include THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS.