Here's a treat for you.
Lately I've been on a Mary Tyler Moore Show jag. I bought
the greatest hits on video - and the box set is fantastic. That, and the
new Mary and Rhoda show that I was kindly given by my sister, has
made for many hours of TV fun. So much fun, I've dug up some photos of the
home in Minneapolis, where the exteriors were filmed. See the house the
way it looked then, and how it looked a couple of years ago. The newer
picture was donated by my friend Hilton.
A recent obituary tells me that the woman you see under Mary's arm in this photograph - and we all know her - recently passed away. Her name was Hazel Frederick, and she died in the Maranatha Care Center, in Brooklyn Center, Minn on November 28th of last year. Hazel just happened to be shopping in Minneapolis on the day they filmed this scene, in 1969. Lucky woman. What a cool claim to fame. She was 91 years old. Rest in peace, Hazel.
Other Mary Tyler Moore deaths include Ted Knight, who played Ted Baxter - who died in 1986, and Priscilla Morrill, who played Lou Grant's wife Edie. She died in 1994.
Remember when Mary went to prison, because she refused to divulge a source? Well, one of the prostitutes in that episode was played by Barbara Colby. She and another actor were walking to their car after teaching an acting class in LA, and were gunned down. No motive, and the murder was never solved. That was on July 24, 1975. She was only 36 years old.
MORE from Findadeath.com friend Scott Limpert:
You've probably gotten a MILLION mails about this already, but there's going to be a Mary Tyler Moore statue placed on the site of the hat-toss on Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis. It should be up whenever the sculptor (a Wisconsinite) finishes it.
UPDATE March 2003, from Findadeath friend Beth Erickson:
April 2003, from Findadeath friend Darren Williams:
In reference to the
Hazel Frederick comment. I've heard that because her face was visible
(and that she wouldn't sign off on it ) AND that the MTM producers liked the
image of her looking over at the last second....that Hazel was paid a royalty
each time the episodes ran. It sounds like a reasonable story, and
really cool if it's true.