Mary Tyler Moore was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at Sunday night’s 18th annual Screen Actors Guild awards.
Dick Van Dyke, 86, presented Mary Tyler Moore with the award by saying, “MTM. There’s probably not a person in the civilized world who doesn’t know what that means.”
When Moore came out to accept the award she spoke of how her ‘Mary Tyler Moore’ name came about when she got started. She explained in 1955 at the age of 18, when she was getting her start mostly doing commercials, she was told to change her name because there was already 6 Mary Moores in the business.
So she decided to add her father’s middle name ‘Tyler’. “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.”
By 1961 she had been cast by Carl Reiner to be Van Dyke’s wife in the ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’. In 1970 she starred in her own, “Mary Tyler Moore Show’ which was produced by her own MTM production company she founded in 1969. The MTM company went onto produce other shows such as The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, and Hill Street Blues, before being sold in the 1980’s.
Moore has won 7 Emmy awards and 3 Golden Globes through out her career. She was also nominated for an Oscar for her role in the movie, “Ordinary People.”