Book Review: You’re Gonna Make It After All

You’re Gonna Make It After All is a book about the Life, Times & Influence of Mary Tyler Moore.  There were already 2 memoirs written by Mary Tyler Moore herself and she was very up front about her life and her fight for women’s rights so the author had to figure out how to tell a story in a way that it hadn’t already been told before.  I didn’t realize how much she did for Women’s Rights – she wanted to wear pants on the Dick Van Dyke show and initially they only allowed for her to have pants on in one scene per episode! That’s so crazy.  Mary Tyler Moore loved the spotlight and after her son was a bit older she dipped her toes back in. She gave up on going to college in order to be a star.  I didn’t realize that her final resting place is here in CT!  At the end of the book there is some trivia and details on the awards that MTM had won which was really cool to look at.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review, I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Mary Tyler Moore was a legendary television and film performer who was much loved and lauded by millions as the personification of sweetness and innocence filtered through a sanitized television world. But as fate would have it, Moore was so much more than that. Coming of age at a time when feminism and women’s rights were on the march across the land, Moore’s roles in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show proved a flashpoint and a flag bearing influence to countless women who had decided in Mary Richards there was the possibility of so much more.

In You’re Gonna Make It After All: The Life, Times and Influence of Mary Tyler Moore (Riverdale Avenue Books), New York Times Bestselling Author Marc Shapiro digs deep into her much-celebrated and often turbulent life as filtered through the coming of age of women’s rights led by such luminaries as Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan and their triumphs and historical breakthroughs which were often influenced by Moore and her culturally important sitcoms. How the actress reacted to being cast as a feminist icon, her often contrary issues with the women’s movement, how her greatest television hits often brought home important liberal points in a stealth manner and her own political and social values form the backbone of a sociological, political and, yes, traditional celebrity biography that tells more than one expected from a book on somebody the world knows so well.

In this thoroughly researched and documented biography, readers will discover…

The truth behind the alleged relationship between Mary Tyler Moore and Elvis Presley.

What happened on the date between Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner

Why Mary Tyler Moore’s mother’s alcoholism led to Moore’s physical appearance.

How Moore got her revenge on a neighbor who molested her at age six.

“Mary Tyler Moore was an important entertainment personality,” author Shapiro states. “But she was also so much deeper than that. Her life and times are already well known. I felt that putting this reluctant feminist in the ring with the coming of equal rights for women would give the picture a different and ultimately insightful twist.”

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