I say that Audrey Hepburn is my style icon for the 1950s and 60s.
But the person that sparked that love of vintage fashion was definitely Mary Tyler Moore.
I remember one summer we watched the whole series of The Dick Van Dyke show.
Her role as Laura Petrie has to be my favorite of hers, and honestly, her style on the show is truly what made me love 60s fashion.
Mary Tyler Moore past a way yesterday, and I had been planning on writing a blog post about her eventually. But today I decided to write a post in honor and in memory of her.
Mary Tyler Moore was definitely an iconic person on television.
I honestly cannot think of 60s sitcoms without thinking about Dick Van Dyke’s leading lady. But she almost didn’t land the role of Laura Petrie.
Dick Van Dyke wondered and doubted if she could do comedy.
The best way to prove yourself, is to do your best. And that’s what she did.
She captured the hearts of thousands, including her co-stars.
Dick Van Dyke said in an interview with US weekly, “She had us all laughing after a couple of episodes. She just grabbed onto the character and literally turned us into an improv group, it was so well-oiled…that show was the best five years of my life.”
That probably explains the genuineness of the show.
She almost didn’t go to her audition for the show because of how many times she had been turned down for other parts. At last minute she changed her mind.
One of my most favorite of her quotes is, “You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.”
It’s funny how much someone on a screen,makes you laugh, makes you cry, and inspires you even in the most subtle ways.
Her legacy is left in every minute and every black and white second of film and words.
In her style that will be continually emulated and created over and over again.
She is considered a pioneer for women in television and comedy, her name is often remembered along side Carol Burnette and Lucille Ball.
If it weren’t for that one audition she almost didn’t do, who knows if we would be remembering someone like her today.
Take chances, live life, and as she once said, “You truly have to make the best of what you’ve got. We all do.”
Rest in peace, Mary Tyler Moore. Your memory lives on.