Van Dyke hails Tyler Moore career
Mary Tyler Moore has been rewarded for her stellar career with her former screen co-star leading the plaudits.
The 75-year-old actress, who as Mary Richards "turned the world on with her smile" in her groundbreaking 1970s sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show, received the lifetime achievement award at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
"MTM. There's probably not a person in the civilised world who doesn't know what that means," said Dick Van Dyke, her former co-star in the equally appealing 1960s sit-com The Dick Van Dyke show, as he introduced her.
He noted Moore's achievements as an Oscar-nominated actress, a dancer and a Hollywood executive whose MTM Enterprises has produced several other hit TV shows.
As she accepted her award, Moore revealed how the civilised world almost never did hear of MTM, who was told in the opening theme song of her show each week: "You're gonna make it after all."
When she entered show business at age 18 in 1955, Moore said, there were already six other Mary Moores in the Screen Actors Guild. Told to change her name, she quickly added Tyler, the middle name of both her and her father, George.
"I was Mary Tyler Moore. I spoke it out loud. Mary Tyler Moore. It sounded right so I wrote it down on the form, and it looked right," she said.
"It was right. SAG was happy, my father was happy, and tonight, after having the privilege of working in this business among the most creative and talented people imaginable, I too am happy, after all."
Before the awards show Van Dyke had stopped on the red carpet to remember working with Moore on his show. He said: "She was 23 and had never done comedy. I never saw somebody pick it up so fast. I still have a crush on her."