Being Mary Tyler Moore (2023)

May 26, 2023 | Biography, Documentary, History

Director: James Adolphus

Writer(s): James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Susan Silver, Treva Silverman

Starring: Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Asner, Manny Azenberg, James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, James Burrows, Debra Martin Chase, Katie Couric, Joan Darling, Joel Grey, Norman Lear, Robert Levine, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, Rosie O’Donnell, Larry Mathews, Isaac Mizrahi, Bill Persky, Bernadette Peters, Phylicia Rashad, Robert Redford, Rob Reiner, Beverly Sanders, Susan Silver, Treva Silverman, Terry Sims, Gloria Steinem, John Tinker, Ronda Rich Tinker, Dick Van Dyke, Lena Waithe, Reese Witherspoon

Archive Footage: David Susskind, Dinah Shore, David Letterman, Rona Barrett, Betty Friedan, David Janssen, Danny Thomas, Carl Reiner, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Nanette Fabray, Danny Kaye, Garry Moore, Lucille Ball, Grant Tinker, Julie Andrews, David Merrick, Elvis Presley, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, Ted Knight, Betty White, Jay Sandrich, John Harkins, Vincent Gardenia, Bill McCreary, James Lipton, Timothy Hutton, Dustin Hoffman, Sarah Purcell, Marjorie Moore, Connie Chung, Betty Ford, John Moore, Patricia Arquette, Calvin Hughes, Oprah Winfrey

Unknown: I was not able to identify this anchor as the segment shows no call letters for the station. The newscast was announcing Mary Tyler Moore’s death. Looking at old photos, I think this guy is Calvin Hughes.

Synopsis: Directed by James Adolphus, Being Mary explores the private, personal, and vanguard career of Mary Tyler Moore, who, as an actor, performer, and advocate, revolutionized the portrayal of women in media and redefined their role in the entertainment industry.

Release Date: May 26, 2023 (USA) | Length: 119 min | Genre: Biography, History | MPAA Rating: TV-PG | Note(s): Lena Waithe and Debra Martin Chase are producers on this project. Original announcement. Original title: “Being Mary: The Mary Tyler Moore Documentary”. Title changed to “Being Mary” and then to “Being Mary Tyler Moore”. Premiered at SXSW on March 13, 2023. Above is the HBO Max release date. The main cast listed above don’t “appear” in the documentary. They are only heard in “voice-overs”. There are other identifiable people in the archive footage but they do not speak lines so I didn’t list them.