10 Memorable Things About 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show'

2. MARY USED TO BE A DIVORCEE
When the pilot was originally written, Mary Richards was a divorcee. MTM liked the notion that she was a strong woman who was overcoming heartbreak. Unfortunately, test audiences hated the idea because they thought that Richards being a divorcee meant that she had left Dick Van Dyke. It was insensible to think that Mary had left such a nice guy, so the story changed to Mary Richards leaving her fiancee at the altar.
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