Thursday, August 10, 2006

Fashion Icon – Mary Tyler Moore

Really, what needs to be said.

She was a big part of two sitcoms that help define thier era.

I could watch The Mary Tyler Moore Show everyday, I grew up listening to my family laugh with that show. Does it get any better than Ted Baxter and Mr. Grant?

Mr: Grant to Mary ” You’ve got spunk kid”
Mary: “Thanks, Mr. Grant”
Mr. Grant “I hate spunk”

I guess Felix and Oscar are pretty close but they didn’t have a Mary to highlght the humanity/stupidity of oridinary men.

Is there a modern Mary Tyler Moore on TV or movies?

Natalie Portman?


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  1. Francois

    August 10, 2006 at 9:09 am

    Your blog and Latté is getting to be an habit in the morning. I always found that MTM was a bit like Doris Day until I saw her in Ordinary People with Timothy Hutton and Donald Sutherland. She was not exactly funny in that movie, yet showed her qualities as a dramatic actress.
    Your picture is very good, it shows her as saying; how nice to remember me.

    • Kathy N

      May 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Ordinary People was such exceptional acting all around. MTM was stunning as the brittle Beth whose heart must have ached but she just couldn’t go beyond the surface.

  2. Alice Olive

    August 10, 2006 at 9:39 am

    Your blog and coffee first up in the morning for me too!

    Natalie Portman? My initial reaction is no. (Even though I loved her in Closer – thought she was the only sympathetic character in the movie – and I thought she was perfect as Padmé. She was like Carrie Fisher – a young-old face. Good casting.) But obviously my caffeine hasn’t kicked in and the only alternatives I can think of are dizzy blondes (no offence) which are all way off base. Now all I will think about today is “who is today’s Mary Tyler Moore”?!

  3. Gigi

    August 10, 2006 at 9:52 am

    What a wonderful surprise to find one of my favorite actresses on your site this morning! As usual, she looks fabulous!

  4. nccrazy

    August 10, 2006 at 9:54 am

    Her best work (my opinion) was her portrayal of Sante Kimes the mother half of a pair of grifters. She played a sociopath to perfection which was so outside the limits of her regular characters.g

  5. Jeanne-Athenee

    August 10, 2006 at 10:05 am

    Yes, me too…

    Your blog and darjeeling every morning.

    Seems like Natalie is usually compared to Audrey Hepburn….
    Miss Portman seems to have a great head on her shoulders….pretty and smart…

    It is so nice to see MTM. She looks great!

    I can still hear her saying…”Oh Rob!”

  6. Elessa

    August 10, 2006 at 10:32 am

    Meravigliosa…ha uno stile personale molto chic!

  7. Rob

    August 10, 2006 at 11:49 am

    I loved her in Flirting With Disaster. She’s a fox.

  8. cappuccinogirl

    August 10, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    Fantastic. I’d love to see you post about some other style icons whom you consider to be important.

    I don’t think America really has an actress that one could compare with her today. Perhaps Lisa Kudrow? But she doesn’t have the fashion sense that makes MTM a fashion icon. And picking someone such as Sarah Jessica Parker trivialises the concept. Hmm. Tough one.

  9. GusW

    August 10, 2006 at 1:01 pm

    MTM without a doubt has been America’s top television sweetheart. With so much incredible talent and charm I have no idea why she couldn’t just be herself rather than pursue such exteme plastic surgery. I feel sorry for her.

  10. Gidget Bananas

    August 10, 2006 at 1:14 pm

    I love her trousers — she looks great, and happy!

  11. PJS

    August 10, 2006 at 1:42 pm

    MTM’s heir apparent… ten years ago I would have said Calista Flockhart. One year ago I would have said Debra Messing. Now?

    Probably nobody.

  12. Joshwa

    August 10, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    Reese Whitherspoon?

  13. EMNH

    August 10, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    Rhoda: “Oh Mary, don’t ask.”

  14. Lady Guedes

    August 10, 2006 at 4:30 pm

    Mary Tyler Moore is the best! As a child I used to dream that I was crossing the street and tossing my hat just like her.
    My opinion is that Natalie Portman is an wonderful actress but too young… Debra Messing from Will and Grace could do good as MTM.

  15. Gabe

    August 10, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    I agree Reese Whitherspoon!!

  16. Anonymous

    August 10, 2006 at 5:06 pm

    hey sart,
    think i walked by you at starbucks this morning. congrats on GQ — i hope it only gets better!

  17. lil' jt

    August 10, 2006 at 5:41 pm

    she needs a new bag desperately — mulberry should dial her number — that print is so played

  18. Maria

    August 10, 2006 at 6:15 pm

    This is a tricky one. If we are talking about a working woman style in a given time…I would dare to say that we have to segment this by age, profession, and interests. Mary Tyler Moore is an icon for many (Not for me, I’m afraid) that symbolizes women’s struggle in a culture of gender bias. If that is the parameter we have from Jerri Blank (strangers with candy’s Amy Sedaris) to Tyra Banks…maybe Oprah?

  19. Anonymous

    August 10, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    Jennifer Aniston has set quite a few trends. Maybe not so much now… but still.

  20. tartanscot

    August 10, 2006 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve got to cast my vote for Debra Messing as the heir apparent to Mary as a fashion icon AND as a comedic actress . . . .


  21. SuMisura

    August 11, 2006 at 12:00 am

    Debra Messing and Natalie Portman are all good picks, but for some reason I gotta throw some love to Ann Hathaway on this one…

    Liked what she brought to “Devil Wears” and got that whole MTM feel; spunkiness, awkward yet confident and determined.

  22. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 12:42 am

    Katie Couric has the MTM personality (upbeat) but supposedly she is real (?) and Katie is petite while MTM was statuesque, towering over Mr. Grant. Also, Katie has trouble staying brunette….

  23. Kathleen

    August 11, 2006 at 3:15 am

    If she hadn’t become synonymous in our minds with Carrie Bradshaw, I would have said SJP as a MTM. Or potentially Julia Roberts, for the pratfall ability. (Although I think MTM’s range is a bit better.) Not Natalie Portman, though – I can’t figure that one out at all.

    What a great shot! She looks fabulous. Would love to peek inside her shopping bag…

  24. Amanda

    August 11, 2006 at 11:45 am

    I have to agree with Sumisura–Anne Hathaway is a good candidate. Perky, slightly imperfect, and completely loveable.

  25. annecruz

    August 11, 2006 at 7:46 pm

    Natalie Portman? No way too precious in too many things.

  26. Anonymous

    August 12, 2006 at 1:19 am

    If Jennifer Aniston would dress up a bit she could probably pull off a good imitation of MTM. She’s definitely the closest thing to “America’s Sweetheart” we have going these days.

    Reese Witherspoon and Anne Hathaway would be runners-up.

  27. Anonymous

    August 12, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    Give Amy Adams a couple more years.

  28. Anonymous

    August 12, 2006 at 2:32 pm

    natalie portman –> modern version of a rebellious audrey hepburn.

  29. Anonymous

    July 13, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    What about Rachel McAdams?

  30. Anonymous

    June 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I'd have to say Tina Fey in 30 Rock…

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