Surely Mary Tyler Moore’s mantelpiece is crowded–seven Emmys and a Tony. And this Sunday another statuette, a smiley fellow, will join the group when the Screen Actors Guild honors Moore with its 48th Life Achievement Award.
Moore’s eponymous series was must-watch TV in my suburban household. I admired her beauty, charisma, talent, hair. But it wasn’t her significant style that was her greatest influence. When I was growing up, a woman’s place was said to be in the home (and with the era’s economy, families were able to get by on one salary). Neither my clever mother, nor her friends, nor Abby, Stephanie or Andi’s mothers had an outside job.
I learned to be a woman in the world, at work, from watching Mary Tyler Moore. When I told her this, she replied, “Marlo Thomas didn’t do it for you?”
Maybe the quote sounds snarky written here, but it wasn’t. It was self-effacing and funny. And I somehow managed to resist throwing myself at Moore’s feet, chanting, “I am not worthy.”
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, January 29, 8 pm on TNT and TBS.