Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

At what point did it start being okay for girls to dream of a career in a non-traditional female role.  In my opinion, a catalyst for a different way of thinking happened with the Mary Tyler Moore show.  Here was a show about a young woman living independently in the city, making her own decisions, and holding down a job that most girls would not have considered.  Mary Tyler Moore was an inspiration to a generation of young women.

Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted is a new book by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong that documents how the show came about and the stories behind the story.  Prominently featured in the book are those people who took a real chance in making the show happen;  Female writers who contributed their real-life experiences; directors and producers; and network executives who took a gamble on the provocative new show and others.  What we all remember the most is the extraordinary chemistry between the members of the cast: the strong, courageous and independent Mary Richards; bumbling Ted Baxter; Lou Grant, the grumpy father figure; Rhoda Morgenstern, the quirky best friend upstairs; and others like writer Murray Slaughter and of course Betty White playing the happy homemaker Sue Ann Nivens.

For fans of the show, this walk down memory lane is a real treat.

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