Emmy Awards

Jan 262017
Mary Tyler Moore Has Died

L-R: Ed Asner, Betty White, Mary Tyler Moore and Ted Knight celebrating Emmys for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”

Mary Tyler Moore actress, comedienne, dancer and a role model for modern, working women passed away at 80 from complications of diabetes. She was surrounded by family and friends who loved her.

Her career spanned decades from her debut as a dancer for Hotpoint appliances in 1955 to her appearance in “Hot in Cleveland” in 2013. And what career it was!

Her role on the “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1961-1966) enraged critics because she had the audacity to wear Capri pants(!) but it also earned her the nickname “America’s sweetheart” and two Emmys.

Her portrayal of Mary Richards, a single 30-something career woman at a Minneapolis TV station, (“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) took America by storm. (And won her 3 Emmy Awards!) Her character not only showed a woman succeeding in a man-dominated workplace, but didn’t shy away from exploring such controversial – at the time! – topics as birth control and equal pay for women. The show ran from 1970 to 1977. Mary Tyler Moore was celebrated for representing modern women then and remains a symbol of successful career women today.

She costarred with Elvis Presley in the film “Change of Habit” (1969). Her performance in 1980 film “Ordinary People” earned her Best Actress Oscar nomination. Mary Tyler Moore made television history, wrote two memoirs and starred in more than ten films. She was also a tireless supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Her personal life wasn’t free of pain or trouble. She was married three times. She had one child, Richard Jr. Meeker, who accidentally shot himself to death in his early twenties. Mary Tyler Moore fought a long battle with diabetes. She succeeded in her fight with alcoholism. In 2011 she underwent surgery to remove benign brain tumor. She was a survivor.

Mary Tyler Moore was one of the greatest comediennes of our times who together with greats like Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett blazed the trail for today’s comediennes whose success we’re taking for granted. Let’s not forget either that she is the first who portrayed a modern career woman in a TV sitcom, popularizing the image of women as not only fully-fledged human beings, but formidable contenders in the business world. Yes, it was as recently as the 1970s…. Hard to believe, isn’t it?

Dan Rather expressed the feelings of many when he tweeted: “I’m deep in regret about the passing of Mary Tyler Moore. What an actress. What a woman. What a person……”



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Jun 152014

Dolly PartonDolly Parton (Dolly Rebecca Parton born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, best known for her work in country music.
Beginning her career as a child performer, Parton issued a few modestly successful singles from 1959 through the mid-1960s, showcasing her distinctive soprano voice. She rose to greater prominence in 1967 as a featured performer on singer Porter Wagoner’s weekly television program; their first duet single, a cover of Tom Paxton’s “The Last Thing on My Mind”, was a top-ten hit on the country singles chart and led to several successful albums before they ended their partnership in 1974. Moving towards mainstream pop music, her 1977 single “Here You Come Again” was a success on both the country and pop charts. A string of pop-country hits followed into the mid-1980s, the most successful being her 1981 hit “9 to 5” (from the film of the same name) and her 1983 duet with Kenny Rogers “Islands in the Stream”, both of which topped the U.S. pop and country singles charts. A pair of albums recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris were among her later successes. In the late 1990s, she returned to classic country/bluegrass with a series of acclaimed recordings. Non-musical ventures include Dollywood, a theme park in Pigeon Forge in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, and her efforts on behalf of childhood literacy, particularly her Imagination Library, as well as Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Pirates Voyage.

Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, and digital downloads during her career have topped 100 million worldwide. She has garnered 8 Grammy Awards, 2 Academy Award nominations, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, 3 American Music Awards, and is one of only seven female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. Parton has received 46 Grammy nominations, tying her with Beyoncé for the most Grammy nominations for a woman and placing her in eighth place overall.

In 1999, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has composed over 3,000 songs, the best known of which include “I Will Always Love You” (a two-time U.S. country chart-topper for Parton, as well as an international pop hit for Whitney Houston), “Jolene”, “Coat of Many Colors”,”9 to 5″, and “My Tennessee Mountain Home”. Parton is also one of the few to have received at least one nomination from the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Tony Awards, and Emmy Awards.