‘You’re Gonna Make it After All” by Marc Shapiro – Book Review

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Mary Tyler Moore’s passing in January 2017 was a shock to her fans. As the spunky wife of Rob Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966) and the spunkier associate producer in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977), Moore has been an icon in TV history. “You’re Gonna Make it After All: The Life, Times and Influence of Mary Tyler Moore” is a book that encompasses the personal and professional lives of the actress from the start to the end.

Marc Shapiro has researched Moore’s life extensively and composed a fact-filled book for Moore’s fans. With quotes from interviews by the actress as well as information comprised in the countless articles and books written about Mary, this biography fills in the gaps and puts her life and career into perspective. While her personal life was not all roses and rainbows, we remember her as a wide-smiled woman with spirit.

Mary Tyler Moore was one of the first women to wear pants on TV. Prior to Laura Petrie, the television women/wives were dressed in, well, dresses. They wore aprons over their dresses when cleaning the house, along with their pearls. This was not a realistic view of the American homemaker, then called “housewife.” Readers might be surprised to know that initially the network gave Carl Reiner static about Mary’s wardrobe, initially allowing her to wear pants in one scene per episode. But slowly Reiner added more scenes with Laura Petrie dressed in slacks and this simple wardrobe change was a turning point in TV history.

Later, MTM would make more history as the first career woman who wasn’t attached to a man. Marlo Thomas is credited with being the first single career woman in her show That Girl (1966-1971), but as Ann Marie, she had a steady boyfriend. That was not the case for Mary Richards. Mary was happy with her life and didn’t need a man around to lean on.

In her personal life the actress felt pangs of guilt for being away from her son a lot. She felt she was not a good mother to her son Richard.

Moore suffered from Type 1 Diabetes and alcoholism. Both of these issues are covered in the pages of this book. As Shapiro weaves the life history of MTM from cover to cover, he adds plenty of quotes from Mary from her numerous interviews.

In 2011 the actress underwent brain surgery for a benign brain tumor and after that her health declined and caused many issues with her mental and physical wellbeing. She basically retired from acting except for a brief appearance on the sitcom of her former co-star Betty White, Hot in Cleveland (2010-1015). In that appearance, viewers got a final view of the woman who had adorned TV sets throughout the years with her vivaciousness, comedy, singing, dancing, and definitely spunk.

Fans of Mary Tyler Moore will get a well-rounded look at the life of this woman in the new book “You’re Gonna Make it After All: The Life, Times and Influence of Mary Tyler Moore” by Marc Shapiro.

Paperback: 194 pages
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books (October 11, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1626014116
ISBN-13: 978-1626014114

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