Mary Tyler Moore wore a brunette wig for the first season of her classic 1970s television sitcom. "In those days Mary wanted to distance herself from what she had done before," says Herbie J Pilato, founder of the Classic Television Preservation Society. "She wanted to leave'The Dick Van Dyke Show' behind her." Moore had spent five seasons as homemaker Laura Petrie before "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" debuted in 1970. Her self-titled sitcom about a newly single woman who moves to Minneapolis and lands a job as a TV news producer ran for seven seasons on CBS. It featured a now iconic cast: Ed Asner (newsroom boss Lou Grant), Gavin MacLeod (writer Murray Slaughter), Ted Knight (anchorman Ted Baxter), Valerie Harper (neighbor and best friend, Rhoda Morgenstern), Cloris Leachman (landlady Phyllis Lindstrom) and Betty White ("Happy Homemaker" Sue Ann Nivens).
Jan-17-2017, 11:00:07 GMT