After the "Dick Van Dyke Show" ended, Mary Tyler Moore's career crashed. She tried other roles such as in the stage production of "Breakfast at Tiffany." Nothing worked. And the woman who would become America's Sweetheart as Mary Richards was a has-been.
The new book "Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic" recounts how iffy Moore's comeback was. The program was breaking new ground in featuring a single girl on birth control pills who was going to make it on her own in a major city. So, it was touch and go putting the theme, charcters, script, humor, and pacing together.
But it did work. Moore not only bounced back in her career. She launched that of Valerie Harper and gave new runway to Ed Asner and Betty White. Therefore, this is book is an inspirational read when our careers seem to be stuck.