Mary Tyler Moore (1936-2017) Tribute List

Actress, comedian and advocate Mary Tyler Moore died at the age of 80 on January 25, 2017. Moore starred in two ground-breaking television series, The Dick Van Dyke show and The Mary Tyler Moore show. The latter was the first popular television show which revolved around a single career woman. Moore's self-titled show wasn't primarily an issue-oriented program, however; it was concerned with being laugh-out-loud funny. The episode where Mary gets the giggles at the funeral of Chuckles the Clown is a classic. Moore was a Tony and Emmy Award winner, and she was nominated for an Oscar for "Ordinary People." She became a spokeswoman for diabetes research when she was diagnosed with the disease. Here are 10 quotes from Mary Tyler Moore.
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  1. melange
    a motley assortment of things
    I just like the continue doing what I've been doing. A melange of funny, straight drama, television, movies, a little theater here and there wouldn't hurt. So if I can keep doing that, I'll be a very happy person.
  2. nourish
    provide with sustenance
    Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.
  3. revelation
    an enlightening or astonishing disclosure
    I loved working with Valerie [Harper] That was the most wonderful revelation to find that when we are on a set and we're playing our roles, we're like separated twins. We can almost finish each other's dialogue.
  4. epiphany
    a divine manifestation
    Well, Rhoda was, I think, the last actress that we saw. There had been so many wonderful actresses who were close, really close. But there was no magical epiphany.
  5. languish
    become feeble
    When the doctor said I had diabetes, I conjured images of languishing on a chaise longue nibbling chocolates. I have no idea why I thought this.
  6. peripheral
    on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary
    My peripheral vision has been severely limited because of my diabetes, which means I can see just fine looking straight ahead. But if I am at a function with lots of people, I am constantly bumping into people - even kicking them!
  7. articulate
    characterized by clear expressive language
    The kinds of shows that seem to work now, the comedy shows, are those which require very little attention. They're superficial and I like articulate comedy.
  8. abrasive
    sharply disagreeable, unpleasant, or harsh
    Mrs. Coplin: I'm..uh.. abrasive, pushy, defensive...my husband is...uh...food-phobic, passive-aggressive...eh?...c'mon!
    - Flirting with Disaster
  9. cavort
    play boisterously
    My grandfather once said, having watched me one entire afternoon, prancing and leaping and cavorting, ‘This child will either end up on stage or in jail.’ Fortunately, I took the easy route.
  10. indulge
    yield to; give satisfaction to
    “I knew at a very early age what I wanted to do. Some people refer to it as indulging in my instincts and artistic bent. I call it just showing off, which was what I did from about three years of age on.

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