‘Being Mary Tyler Moore’ documentary: The most surprising revelations

Who was Mary Tyler Moore?

The seven-time Emmy-winning actress was one of Hollywood’s most beloved TV stars, inhabiting indelible characters close to her own persona, from the ever-stylish housewife Laurie Petrie on the CBS classic sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show” from 1961-66 to her groundbreaking role of single career woman Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” from 1970-77.

But Moore, who died at age 80 in 2017 after a long battle with diabetes, remained a perpetually smiling enigma to her global audience. The HBO documentary “Being Mary Tyler Moore” (now streaming on Max) relies on rare footage and previous Moore interviews to reveal the public star who guarded her personal life. Here are the most surprising takeaways.

Mary Tyler Moore on the set of the "Dick Van Dyke Show."

Mary Tyler More battled to wear pants on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’

“The Dick Van Dyke Show” show creator Carl Reiner hired Moore after hearing the untested actress read three lines of dialogue. Moore quickly proved her comedic mettle alongside screen husband Dick Van Dyke while taking meaningful stands. She insisted that Laura wear pants, a first for a woman on network TV.

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