In 1969, Moore reunited with Dick Van Dyke for a variety special entitled "Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman". CBS was renewed its interest in her as a television star and gave her unconditional authority to develop any project -which became "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-77), for which she received four Emmy Awards. In the 80s, she costarred in films, Ordinary Peoplewith Donald Sutherland, and Six Weeks with Dudley Moore.
Mary's private life was not as idyllic as her television personna, unfortunately. Her first marriage to Richard Meeker failed after six years, although it produced a son, Richie. From 1962 until 1981, she was married to television mogel, Grant Tinker, who was executive producer of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". Tragically, in 1980, son Richie was ally killed in a gun . Four years later, the actress surprised and impressed fans when she admitted a drinking problem and entered the Betty Ford Clinic. Part of her cure, however, had come in the form of Dr. Robert Levine, whom she had met when her mother had been hospitalized. The physician had left his phone number with the actress and told her that if she ever needed him, to call. Mary did just that and the two fell in love,marrying on November 23, 1983. In the ensuing years, Mary Tyler Moore has written a successful autobiography, After All, published in 1996, and become an active spokesperson for Juvenile Diabetes, of which she is a sufferer.
Moore most recently appeared in the TV movie Mary and Rhoda, which was an update of her character Mary
Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and her friend Rhoda Morgenstern.
While moonlighting as a secretary, Barbara started going out to auditions at a variety of New York nightclubs. Her persistence paid off when Max Gordon of the Village Vanguard offered her a job. This was followed by a week's stint on THE ARTHUR GODFREY SHOW and she began receiving fan mail by the scores. THE PURPLE ONION in New York proved to be the turning point in her career for her so she swept the then part-time secretarial job out the door. From there she began her road to "headliner" in many of the country five most prestigious nightclubs: THE PERSIAN ROOM at New York's PLAZA HOTEL, THE COCONUT GROVE in Los Angeles, and most of the major hotels in Las Vegas.
In 1963, Barbara made her screen debut in the Henry Fonda / Maureen O'Hara film, Spencer's Mountain, in which she showcased her voice as a graduation singer.She went on to appear in other movies and some television shows, such as "I Spy" , "Mission Impossible"and "McMillan and Wife". In 1969, she played Sister Irene Hawkins in Change of Habit, Elvis Presley's last feature film. That same year, McNair premiered her own television show, "The Barbara McNair Show". The variety program ran from 1969 until 1971.
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