MTM hon­oured

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TV - By BETH HAR­RIS

MARY Tyler Moore made it af­ter all. The 75-yearold ac­tress, who as Mary Richards “turned the world on with her smile” in her ground­break­ing 1970s sit­com The Mary Tyler Moore Show, re­ceived the life­time achieve­ment award at Sun­day night’s 18th an­nual Screen Ac­tors Guild Awards.

“MTM. There’s prob­a­bly not a per­son in the civilised world who doesn’t know what that means,” said Dick Van Dyke, her for­mer co-star in the equally ap­peal­ing 1960s sit­com The Dick Van Dyke Show, who in­tro­duced her.

He noted Moore’s achieve­ments as an Os­car-nom­i­nated ac­tress, a dancer and as an ex­ec­u­tive whose MTM En­ter­prises pro­duced sev­eral other hit TV shows.

As she ac­cepted her award, Moore re­vealed how the civilised world al­most never did hear of MTM, who was told in the open­ing theme song of her show each week, “You’re gonna make it af­ter all.”

When she en­tered show busi­ness at age 18 in 1955, Moore said, there were al­ready six oth­ers Mary Moores in the Screen Ac­tors Guild.

Told to change her name, she quickly added Tyler, the mid­dle name of both her and her fa­ther, Ge­orge.

“I was Mary Tyler Moore. I spoke it out loud. Mary Tyler Moore. It sounded right so I wrote it down on the form, and it looked right,” she said. “It was right. SAG was happy, my fa­ther was happy, and tonight, af­ter hav­ing the priv­i­lege of work­ing in this busi­ness among the most creative and tal­ented peo­ple imag­in­able, I too am happy, af­ter all.”

Be­fore the awards show Van Dyke had stopped on the red car­pet to re­mem­ber work­ing with Moore on his show.

“She was 23 and had never done com­edy. I never saw some­body pick it up so fast. I still have a crush on her,” he said.

The show’s au­di­ence, in­clud­ing Moore’s for­mer costar Betty White, show­ered both her and Van Dyke with stand­ing ova­tions, lead­ing Van Dyke to re­mind them, “I’m just a pre­sen­ter.”

Van Dyke and Moore were so be­liev­able as hus­band and wife Rob and Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show that many view­ers thought they were mar­ried in real life.

As Laura Petri, Moore also turned Capri pants into a fash­ion trend dur­ing the show’s run.

Van Dyke noted they fit her so well, which cre­ated such a con­cern dur­ing that more con­ser­va­tive era, that she was limited to wear­ing them in only one scene per show. – AP

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