One of my favourite actors died yesterday. Mary Tyler Moore. I loved the old Dick Van Dyke show when she would utter, “Ohhhhhh Rooooooobb!”. She deserved the Oscar for her role in “Ordinary People”. It was a character so distant from her Laura Petrie character that you just knew what a fabulous actress she was.
My very favourite role, however, was Mary Richards, the spunky single woman who was executive producer of a television newsroom in Minneapolis. “She could turn the world on with a smile” as the opening song stated, as she took off her very stylish tam and threw it in the air. I loved that show and wanted to be Mary Richards when I grew up. I really believe that her feminist character helped shape me. I felt that I could do anything.
My life didn’t turn out like Mary Richards. I got married at 22 and by 29 I had two daughters. I’m not in any way unhappy with these facts. I knew that whatever life threw at me I would be fine, like Mary Richards. It’s a reliance I’ve always had. Even when Justine was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and died in a car accident, I knew I would survive in tact. I just knew it.
I knew I was gonna make it after all.