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.