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After All Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1996

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The actress tells all in this account of her life and work.
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"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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440223032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440223030
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I love Mary Tyler Moore. I always wanted to hear more about her growing up and life. She tells her story honestly. I enjoy this kind of biography where she tells it all and her victories over the crises. An interesting and enjoyable read.
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I really love this book. To go through so much and still land on her two feet is just amazing. I have been a lifelong fan and even a bigger fan after reading this book. I'm very proud of her for surviving and learning from her challenges.
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Mary Tyler Moore has been one of my favorite actresses for most of my life; to read of her actual, real life and how wonderfully human she is - well, I was enthralled. It was really hard to put this book down. 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. She is compassionate and makes wonderful use of her celebrity to help others. I'm so glad Ms. Moore shared some of her life with us!
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I really enjoyed this book. I watched her as a little girl when she was Laura Petrie, and recently I started watching reruns of The Dick Van Dyke show. I was always impressed by her grace, beauty, and wackiness. She was very open about her human failings in the and didn't throw anyone under the bus, except maybe herself. She is a delightful person, and the book was a joy to read.
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An autobiography about actress Mary Tyler Moore. Best known for her two TV roles as wife Laura Petrie on the Dick Van Dyke Show and Mary Richards on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. And there in lies the problem. When its not focusing on those two aspects of her life, the book is a bit of a let down.

Too many books by actors and former TV stars seem to go this path. They reel you in with the fact that you want to learn all about their experiences and time working on the show or movie or part of entertainment that made them famous. So of course you have to go through the history of how they got their first break and what growing up was like. All expected and its all here as well. She talks of her parents and where she grew up and siblings.

Her first big break and moving to Hollywood and her various marriages that she had throughout her time writing the book in the late 1990's are all mentioned here too. But when its talking of these things, they just seem like small blurbs and little anecdotes that don't really lead anywhere is the problem. Its so self focused but not really interesting enough to captivate the reader is the thing.

Then it finally gets to her time on the Dick Van Dyke Show. Her first big break when she lands the part of the wife to star of the show Dick Van Dyke himself, and the rest as they say is history. But when we finally get to this point of the book, its just as disappointing as so many other autobiographies. She will give a bit of a snip-it of some moment that occurred during an episode. Or her opinion of one of the episodes and really leave it at that.
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By A Customer on November 2, 1998
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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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By A Customer on February 19, 2000
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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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