Heartbroken to hear about the passing of Mary Tyler Moore today. The cause was pneumonia, and I was holding it together at work until an ex-boyfriend texted to say, "Sorry for your loss" and then it got ugly. In addition to being a television legend, Moore turned her own battle with diabetes into a personal crusade against the deadly disease, lending her name and time to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, appearing in public service announcements and testifying before Congress. (Even if they didn't have such enormous talent, I would love Mary and Elizabeth "amfAR" Taylor for this reason alone -- THAT's how you use stardom.) While rewatching "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in recent times with my boyfriend -- who hadn't seen much of it before -- it became more evident than ever to me how giving she was as an actress, so capable of being funny yet always willing to let another actor shine. I'm sure every person reaches an age in life when they suddenly realize lots of people important from their childhood are dying off. But I also think the passing of Mary Tyler Moore -- my Mary, who changed the cultural landscape for every generation of women since -- just might be the most painful one ever. RIP.
Crazy to think that only Ted Knight had passed prior to today's sad news.
It pained me to have to root for Sissy Spacek -- "Coal Miner's Daughter" was the best movie ever! -- when she was up against a sublime Mary playing against type in "Ordinary People," a film that simultaneously fascinated and horrified me. (Beth might have reminded me a little bit of someone.)