s receiving one of the largest tributes offered any actor on Sunday night—the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.
In that tribute, her involvement with the MTM Studio Enterprises and Studio City will no doubt be a big part of her career.
Mary, who turned 75 this year, will also be celebrating 35 years since the legendary Mary Tyler Moore Show filmed their last show at the CBS Studios lot known locally as the Radford Lot, on Stage 2.
A lot is left with Mary’s legacy. who started off as Sue Ann Nivens on the show (and even had a spin-off The Betty White Show), is still coming to the lot to film.
who played , and had his spin-off show (of his character’s name), loved Studio City so much he bought a house up the hill a few blocks from the studio and lives there still.
Recently, Mary was in a comic cameo for White’s Hot in Cleveland when Mary showed up as a cellmate when Betty’s character landed in jail. The characteristic giant M that was both on the studio lot and in Mary’s apartment, was in the cell and in the cameo, Mary said, “That stands for murder.”
When her production company was here, Moore lived in Studio City, in a three-bedroom, three-bath home on Iredell Drive, not far from the lot and near Fryman Canyon.
Moore and her partner/husband Grant Tinker created many hit shows through the 1970s and 1980s and it was the only production company that owned an operating studio. Their partnership with CBS brought them to the Radford lot, and create shows such as The Bob Newhart Show, Rhoda, Lou Grant and Phyllis (spin-offs from Mary’s show), WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest, Remington Steele and St. Elsewhere, which starred then-local resident and , who is a life-long Studio City resident.
The MTM Enterprises logo was a lot like the MGM lion and was Mimsie the Cat.
The “Chuckles the Clown” episode where Mary cracks up during the funeral of a clown who was crushed by an elephant when he was dressed as a giant peanut, is considered in many surveys to be among the funniest episodes in TV sitcom history, and Mary’s simple shutting off the lights in the TV studio at the end of her show, is considered one of the best series ends ever.
Click here to read what it was like on Stage 2 during the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Read The New York Times tribute here.
Check out the videos above for some excerpts.
Watch the SAG Awards at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on cable’s TNT and TBS.