Many Women Paying Respects to Mary Tyler Moore

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Do you ever wonder why you feel so awful when a celebrity dies, a person you don't know, never met? How could you hurt so badly when you had zero contact with that human being? I used to ponder that when I'd see people crying when rock stars died, and I'd think to myself, well, there was that really good acid trip or bong passing to such and such album. But it's much more than that.

It's a connection we make that becomes part of your psyche even if we don't know the person. We face our own mortality. You don't have to experience a personal relationship in reality for somebody else to affect your life. For example, writers we've never seen a photo of can touch us in unexplainable ways. Black and white words on a page. No visuals.

The death of Mary Tyle Moore affected a lot of women this week. You can read more about this in my personal blog today at this link: How Mary Tyler Moore Influenced This Minneapolis Girl.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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For those of us of certain age, Elizabeth, (I'm a few years older than you), Mary Tyler Moore was very much a part of our "coming of age" as independent women. Never missed that show (or any of the spin-offs for that matter). We just don't see such well-developed and "rich" characters on sit-coms anymore. One of my cousins has worked with MTM in the past and said MTM was one of the nicest people she ever met and the nicest celebrity she ever met. I was watching a special on TV about Mary yesterday and it all brought back so many memories... like it all happened yesterday.

Jan 27, 2017 09:46 AM #6
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Elizabeth, I grew up with Mary like many men.  She was a very indearing woman, and it came through each week on her shows.  First Class Act.

Jan 27, 2017 10:21 AM #7
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Absolutely true.  Sometimes writers, actors, celebrities, etc have profound impacts on our lives and the people that we have become and that can be a very personal thing.  I've always loved Mary Tyler Moore. -Kasey

Jan 27, 2017 11:32 AM #8
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I did think about the bong and the trip when they announced Butch Trucks killed himself. On MTM I think of Chuckles the Clown which is a whole lot easier.

Jan 27, 2017 03:30 PM #9
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I think one reason we may be emotional when we lose a celebrity we are a fan of, is because we invite them into our homes, even if it is via a television tube. They become similar to family that we don't need to cook or make beds for.  I remember being a young teenager, when we lost James Dean.  I was distraught for days.  And, even though we had no television set, he had been larger than life on the movie screen.

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Elizabeth: So interesting about your youth and how Mary Tyler Moore inspired you. My inspiration was Cosmos Helen Gurley Brown and her "how to" books as a single girl in and out of the office! By the time Mary Tyler Moore started her show, I was already public relations and advertising director of a major chain of hotels in Hawaii. Like you, there has never been a "9 to 5" scenario in my life although I had to fight for what I considered my rights many a time, especially early on.

Jan 27, 2017 03:53 PM #11
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William Feela Well, I dunno know about that laugh track. If the show was filmed in front of a live audience, like say, Happy Days, that's one thing, but I don't think Mary Tyler Moore was.

Jan 27, 2017 03:58 PM #12
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Michael Jacobs Yes, I always liked the kitten instead of the lion, too.

Jan 27, 2017 03:59 PM #13
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Nina Hollander And I think of all the spin-offs to that show and where they have taken actors today. Rhoda was the first one, and I gravitated toward Valerie Harper because she was so direct.

Jan 27, 2017 04:06 PM #14
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Joe Pryor I knew that Butch Trucks had died but I did not realize he had committed suicide. I had to google it just now. In front of his wife, no less. I wonder what he said? No insurance for you?

Jan 27, 2017 04:11 PM #15
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Myrl Jeffcoat

Well, I was pretty young when Errol Flynn died. I had a mad crush on that guy as a kid.

Jan 27, 2017 04:22 PM #16
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell Here is something you'll enjoy:  I once had Cosmo publish something I wrote, which was about what happens when your present boyfriend discovers you're still dating a previous boyfriend because you let the idiot write with an eyebrow pencil on a private part of your body that nobody sees except in the rear view mirror, and it doesn't wash off in the shower!

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As I was reading your post I was thinking along the same lines as Myrl Jeffcoat. When I think back to that era, baby boomers grew up with T.V. For many, shows like Dick Van Dyle and the Mary Tyler Moore show showed two different sides of a woman from different time frames. Although she often played the part of an emotional woman in the Dick Van Dyke show, we saw her set the example of what a strong woman looks like as she grew into the role of the Mary Tyler Moore. I am sorry that many kids don't get to see good family shows and spend more time by themselves playing video games or watching movies that they probably shouldn't be watching.

 Mary Tyler Moore lived a good life and showed strength and courage living with her own Diabetes and she made a difference in that chapter of her life too because she inspired others to overcome their disabilities. 

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I remember having those feelings when John Wayne died.  I was young and my grandfather died just a short time before and it made me so angry that people cried over someone they didn't know. I still shake my head sometimes.  But like you I feel a little influence in my life from certain stars. And I admit I've cried over a few.

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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents ~ hi Elizabeth... I'll admit that I loved the spin-off shows, as well. And Valerie Harper as Rhoda was always one of my favorites... who couldn't related to her?

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Thanks Elizabeth.  But, I don't think you have to be a woman to be affected by the death of this wonderful person.

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Patricia Feager We did not have a lot of role models as women back then, and you're right, many of the television roles relgated women to being housewives, overly emotional or sex objects.

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Tammy Lankford, When John Wayne died, it was a huge thing in Newport Beach, which is where I Iived at the time. We had his statue at the airport, and we used to sail around his house off Lido Isle. Everybody felt his presence in that city. But I don't recall crying over him.

Jan 28, 2017 08:48 AM #23
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Gabe Sanders You don't have to be a woman to grieve for Mary Tyler Moore or be affected by her death. But she touched many women in ways she never affected men. She gave us hope and inspiration.

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The Mary Tyler Moore Show was one of my favorites as a little girl.  I wish we had more stuff like that for entertainment these days than dark zombie shows and reality TV.  Sitcoms are a dying breed.

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