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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440223032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440223030
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The actress tells all in this account of her life and work.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Publisher

The New York Times Bestseller

"Mesmerizing...Fans will love Moore's behind-the-scenes reminiscences."
--San Francisco Chronicle

"One of the top ten books of the year"
--Entertainment Weekly

"A scalding American memoir."
--The Washington Post

"After All, thank God, is not a typical celebrity autobiography...From [this] book alone, you can learn a lot about the art of comedy and acting...These insights and others place her book up there with my two favorite theatrical autobiographies The Long-Distance Runner by Tony Richardson and The Moon's a Balloon by David Niven."
--The New York Times Book Review


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She talks to us frankly, which I like.
konacoffee
Ms. Moore is a person who has not problem exposing her less than perfect aspects and also has a way of making you feel good about yourself - flaws and all.
V. Kinghorn
It's very well-written, painfully honest, and one of the better celebrity memoirs I've read.
Kona

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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a fan expecting a personal, if not detailed, autobiography of MTM, I came away very disappointed. Most of all, the relationships with Grant Tinker and other husbands/family members were covered at a very matter-of-fact and not intimate level. Most certainly, writing such a treatment is certainly MTM's right, but I came away feeling almost as having read a third-person biography rather than a first-person account of a fascinating life and career.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read every word of this book (in about half an hour) and wish the white space at the end of two or three page "chapter" was filled and then some. This is an exceedingly superficial, detached treatment of very personal, sometimes revealing stuff. Yet why do I feel MTM managed to pull it off--telling me her secrets while keeping herself at armslength. Then again, she seems to keep at armslength from herself... There is information about The Dick Van Dyke show, the The MTM Show, MTM's alcoholism, diabetes, pregnancies and marriages, the deaths of her son, sister, and brother, her audience with the pope, her visit to Israel...all these things, yet not very much. Possibly one of the most fascinating lives in modern American entertainment, and so many details left out! Maybe Ms. Levine will write another book--maybe a book about each of the highlights (or lowlights) by themself.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E.Dickenson on April 29, 2005
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I read this book in a sitting,admittedly skimming certain parts.Although I am a big MTM fan, it whetted my appetite without satiating me...there is definitely a vague "arm's length" quality to this book noted by previous reviewers...MTM obviously suffered from a lack of connection with either of her parents as well as a lack of any kind of spiritual connection...I found the "vegetarian" chapter oddly placed and suspect readers might be more interested in how she keeps such an enviable physique.All that drinking and never a hangover,wow,what a charmed life...it was hard to picture squeaky clean Laura Petrie or Mary Richards smoking like a chimney, too.Although she states she's nothing like her TV characters, in the end the book made her seem a little one-dimensional,like a television actor.I still admire Ms Moore but I think some professional writing help would have greatly improved the quality of this work.True fans will probably enjoy it , but others should pass..
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm amazed that this book is being hailed as one
of the best celebrity autobiographies. MTM's book
doesn't focus on any one thing long enough to be
anymore than a glossy look at her career. The
main problem is that the events in her life that
are meant to be sympathetic come off as self
serving. She points to the loss of her brother,
sister and son in tragic deaths as events of major
importance, but she spends more time describing a
miscarriage she had than how these people were
important to her. Their main imporatance seems
to be the fact that they died, not that they
ever lived.

The books main strengths are the behind the scenes
show business talk, although I don't MTM isn't a
keen enough observer to bring her shows and movies
to life for us. Instead, we get mostly stories
about how people treated her. A quick, but mostly
empty read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Browning on December 8, 2013
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Wonderful book; I hated to get to the end. MTM was one of my earliest TV heroes for her gutsy and athletic performances on the Dick Van Dyke show and, later, her own Mary Tyler Moore show. Somehow she always managed to bring out the best talents of those around her while also maintaining her own sparkling presence. That iconic moment when she threw her cap in the air (intro to the MTM Show) symbolized so much for me. So it was with some trepidation that I picked up her autobiography: would I lose my hero? Not a chance.

Charmingly written with a really authentic tone (she describes some childhood bullies as "little s***s" which caused me to laugh out loud and scare my dogs), the book delivers in a truly satisfying way: anecdotes about TV personalities, behind the scenes info about all her shows and movies, intimate glances into her private joys, sorrows, and alcohol-fueled self-isolation, the unbearable tragedy of her son's death, her difficult recovery, and her late romance.

Mary's personality shines through it all, and the immediacy was such that I felt like I was having a chat with a best friend. Overall a lovely book from a grand lady who has suffered and shone through like the star she is.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 15, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"After All" is the titled used for Mary Tyler Moore's autobiography taken from the theme song of her hit seventies sitcom. An informative read, Mary takes us on her life's journey growing up in Southern California to becoming one of the biggest television stars of all-time. She accounts her years on the "Dick Van Dyke Show" as Laura, Van Dyke's TV wife, to her attempt at becoming her own person in her very own TV series. She talks about how hard it was for the creators to come up with the "Mary Tyler Moore Show", her battle with scripts in the first year, and her subsequent disappointment when the series closed. She discusses her battle with diabetes, her divorce from Grant Tinker and her new marriage to a plastic surgeon, and most daring the time when her only son accidentally shot himself. "After All" is one of the best memoirs I have ever read and it's a splendid addition to anyone's home library.
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