Moore, Mary Tyler

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Moore, Mary Tyler Gender: F
born on 29 December 1936 at 10:45 (= 10:45 AM )
Place Brooklyn (Kings County), New York, 40n38, 73w56
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 07°47' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 27°24 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 13°13'

Mary Tyler Moore (at Broadway Barks, 2011)
photo: Nick Step; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk) 20:43, 4 April 2014 (UTC), license cc-by-2.0


American actress and TV executive. Named "America's Sweetheart," Moore was a six time Emmy winner, Academy Award nominee for Best Actress, winner of two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award nominee. Her own TV series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in the 1970s was a smash hit. With a 30 year acting career on TV, stage and screen, Moore's ever smiling persona belied an inner life of turmoil and denial.

Mary was the oldest of three children of John Moore, an employee at a utilities company and his homemaker wife Marge, a troubled woman whose husband's dark side led her to closet drinking. While growing up in Flushing, New York, grandmother Mabel and maternal Aunt Bertie lived nearby and helped to provide Mary and her younger brother John a stable environment that her taskmaster father and indisposed mother could not always give. When the Moore family moved to Los Angeles after World War II, Grandma and Aunt Bertie followed. Moore took up dancing at a local dance studio and "after being ignored as a dancer, I realized I was going to have to be an actress."

The day after she graduated Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, Moore was hired as the Hot Point pixie dancing on a stove in TV commercials during the "Ozzie and Harriet Show," earning $10,000 a year in 1954. One month after graduating high school she married boy-next-door salesman Richard Meeker and had their son Richard the following year. Young Richard was primarily raised by the usual entourage of Grandma Mabel, Aunt Bertie and Moore's mother, who had just given birth to her own third child.

Years of bit parts on TV followed for the Hot Point pixie. After being turned down for the role of Danny Thomas' daughter in the sitcom "Make Room for Daddy," in 1961 Moore auditioned, at Danny Thomas's request, for the role of the wife in the upcoming series "The Dick Van Dyke Show." She got the part and successfully entered the living rooms of the American public as Laura Petrie, a dancer who gave up her career in show business to be a wife and mother. The public adored her. The role of Laura Petrie was an ironic mirror image of Moore's own life, as her success as an actress precluded her being a wife or a mother. "There was no question about it. By the time Richie was five, I had already let him down. When he needed me the most, I was busier and even more self-concerned that I had been when he was an impressionable infant. My Richie and the Richie in the show were born only months apart. But I never felt guilty about not staying home; that was not a life I was interested in. I always wanted to be a performer." The first year the "Dick Van Dyke Show" was aired in 1961, Moore won the Emmy for Best Actress. She divorced Meeker the following year and her continued success won her another Emmy in 1966, the final year of the show.

From 19 September 1970, she had her own series, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," that ran to rave reviews to a public so adoring they named her "America's Sweetheart" for the next seven years. Her second marriage was to Grant A. Tinker, a TV executive, on 1 June 1963, soon after her divorce from Meeker. The couple formed TV studio MTM, that ran several successful spin-offs from characters created on the mythic "Mary Tyler Moore Show." The effects of the combination of being a TV mogul and Emmy winning actress who maintained continual success eventually took its toll on Moore and her marriage to Tinker ended the year after the series ended in 1977.

Parlaying her success from TV to the screen, Moore won an Academy Award nomination in 1980 for her portrayal of the emotionally frozen wife in "Ordinary People." She then made an appearance on Broadway in the show "Whose Life Is It Anyway?," which earned a Tony Award nomination in 1981 and the film "Six Weeks" in 1982. Moore's dependence on alcohol became obvious and in 1983, after suffering the multiple losses of a second divorce, the death of her beloved son due to an accidental gunshot wound (on 14 October 1980) and the death of her sister from an accidental drug overdose, diabetic Moore signed into the Betty Ford clinic to kick the habit completely.

After failed shows "The Mary Tyler Moore Hour" and "Annie McGuire," in the late 1980s, Moore faced combined deaths of her brother and mother within three months. Regrouping her life, she wrote her autobiography "After All" in 1996 without a ghostwriter. By then she was selectively choosing scripts for lead roles in TV movies.

Moore made a third marriage on 23 November 1983 to New York cardiologist Dr. Robert Levine, 16 years her junior. They divided their time between New York City and a 21 acre farm in upstate New York.

Her second memoir, "Growing Up Again: Life, Loves, and Oh Yeah, Diabetes" (2009), focuses on living with type 1 diabetes.

In May 2011, Moore underwent elective brain surgery to remove a benign meningioma. Moore died, aged 80, from cardiopulmonary arrest because of pneumonia, on 25 January 2017 at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut, after having been placed on a respirator the previous week.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Van Dyke, Dick (born 13 December 1925). Notes: Co-stars in "The Dick Van Dyke Show," 1961-1966
  • business associate/partner relationship with Asner, Ed (born 15 November 1929). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Harper, Valerie (born 22 August 1939). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Knight, Ted (born 7 December 1923). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Leachman, Cloris (born 30 April 1926). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with MacLeod, Gavin (born 28 February 1931). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
  • business associate/partner relationship with White, Betty (born 17 January 1922). Notes: Co-stars on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"


  • Work : New Job 1954 (First TV appearances, commercials)
  • Work : Prize 1961 (Emmy award for Best Actress)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1 June 1963 (Second marriage, Grant Tinker)
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  • Work : Prize 1966 (Another Emmy award)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 19 September 1970 (TV series "Mary Tyler Moore Show")
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  • Work : End Major Project 19 March 1977 (Last episode of "Mary Tyler Moore Show")
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  • Work : Gain social status 1980 (Academy Award nomination)
  • Death of Child 14 October 1980 (Only son from accidental gunshot to the head)
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  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1981 (From Grant Tinker)
  • Misc. : Retain professional help 1983 (Betty Ford Clinic for rehab)
  • Relationship : Marriage 23 November 1983 (Third marriage, Robert Levine)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1995 (Autobiography, "After All")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1 April 2009 (Memoir, "Growing Up Again")
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  • Death by Heart Attack 25 January 2017 (And pneumonia, age 80)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand, LMR


  • Traits : Body : Size (Excessively thin)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Diabetes/ Hypoglycemia (Diabetic)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Pneumonia
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol (Rehab)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Sister OD, mother & brother died within 3 months of each other)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of three)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Age difference more than 15 yrs (Third husband, Richard Levine, 16 years younger)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Son killed by accidental gunshot)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (80 years old)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Formed own company, MTM)
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Advertising (Started in TV commercials)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV and film)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Broadway)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (Two)
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (Television Hall of Fame)
  • Notable : Awards : Tony
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women