Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore (29 December 1936 – 25 January 2017) was an American actress and comedian, most famous for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a 30ish single woman who worked as a news producer at WJM-TV in Minneapolis.
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- I'm not an actress who can create a character. I play me.
- As quoted in TV Guide (1970), also in Celebrity Register (1986) edited by Cleveland Amory and Earl Blackwell, p. 353
- Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.
- As quoted in The Reader's Digest, Vol. 128 (1986), p. 137; later in Quotable Quotes (1997) by Editors of Reader's Digest
- My proximity to the sheep, cattle, and geese who are now my neighbors in the country is what has finally turned me into a vegetarian. I talk to these animals when I walk. Sometimes I am lucky enough to make physical contact with them, and as I look into their eyes I see not only the innocence, but also the clear fact that those eyes are no less complicated in their structure than my own. Don't we now have enough tasty things to eat from the garden and all the delicious ways to prepare them?
- After All (New York: Putnam, 1995), p. 27
- 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.
- 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.
- "Mary Tyler Moore" Interview by Diane Werts at Archive of American Television (23 October 1997)
- Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.
- As quoted in Winning Words: Quotations to Uplift, Inspire, Motivate and Delight (2002) edited by Allen Klein, p. 14
- It may take a while, but there will probably come a time when we look back and say, "Good Lord, do you believe that in the twentieth century and early part of the twenty-first, people were still eating animals?"
- As quoted in The Vegetarian Solution: Your Answer to Cancer, Heart Disease, Global Warming and More (2007) by Stewart D. Rose, p. 114
- Whatever it is, it’s OK because it’s what it is. Don’t be looking for perfection. Don’t be short-tempered with yourself. And you’ll be a whole lot nicer to be around with everyone else.