“Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”
Mary Tyler Moore passed away today; she was 80 years old.
As someone who has worked in television newsrooms throughout my whole career, I don’t know many people who haven’t been influenced — directly or indirectly — by “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Her performance as a lovable and tenacious associate news producer is easily one of the most memorable television roles of all time.
My respect for Moore went to a new level after I saw her in “Ordinary People,” a powerful and heartbreaking role that earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination. Sometimes comedians deliver the best dramatic performances; if you haven’t seen her in this film, you should… it’s a testament to her range and her talent.
The world is a slightly more enjoyable place thanks to what Mary Tyler Moore brought to it; her spirit, laughter, and energy will be missed.